Guardian critic/blogger Jonathan Jones wishes art galleries and museums would stop turning themselves into video lounges. “I don’t think people realise how odd their behaviour is when confronted with the moving image in a museum. They stop, as if it deserves special attention. They bask in its light. Walk through the collection galleries at Tate Modern and it’s always the video installations and little cinema spaces that are crowded. The oddest thing is that visitors often seem to act as if the moving image has more authority – that it is actually more important – than, say, a painting by Mondrian. In reality, of course, it’s just easier to deal with because we are so used to watching TV. I think the reason I find this so bizarre is that I threw away my TV earlier this year. If you don’t watch TV at home, the omnipresence of it outside the home becomes anthropologically startling. In museums, it stops people looking at art as it needs to be looked at. It takes time to watch a video: the illusion is reinforced that you don’t need the same time to look at a still image. But to really see a great work of art takes hours, years, a lifetime. TV eats time, but doesn’t give enough back for the hours it steals. Real art will reward you. Give it a chance.” Read more.
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