A recent study shows that providing contextual information alongside artworks makes people who already don’t care about art like it even less. 

For the study, Purdue U psychologists threw together some art-ambivilant undergrads, gave them the gist of what art is and a varying degree of background info, then let ‘em loose on some works to rate against their “internal prototype”/personal definition of art. 

Apparently, “context is counterproductive.” Instead of helping to “extract meaning,” more info sends brows a-furrowing.

With the definition of Dadaism, suddenly those Duchamps just weren’t good enough. This either means people really hate to read or that a little borrowed lore can turn a frat boy into a bitchy art critic, presto chango. |Miller-McCune|