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Interpreting Art in Museums and Galleries


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List of figures Preface Part I: Introductory mappings 1. What is art interpretation? Why interpret art? 2. The cultural cartography of the museum 3. Matters of interpretation: materiality, authority, chronology Part II: Interpretive practice today 4. Interpretive frames: historical figurative art 5. Interpretive frames: modern, contemporary and non-figurative art 6. Case studies: institutional approaches to historical art 7. Case studies: institutional approaches to contemporary art 8. Interpretive futures References

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Chris Whitehead teaches Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies and runs the Art Museum and Gallery Studies postgraduate programme at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, UK. He has substantial experience of developing interpretive resources in museums and galleries and is the author of numerous books and articles in the field of museum studies.

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