You’re never too old for modern art

This week we read new research by Anna Goulding, a research associate at the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University. Anna’s research suggests that there is huge value in galleries making the effort to break down barriers for older visitors and encourage them to see and discuss modern and contemporary art work. While her group of research participants often spent the first gallery visit making personal connections to the works and using them as a starting point for reminiscence, by the third or fourth visit they had moving onto considering the artists’ intentions, discussing symbolism, and considering how the shows had been curated. They had become interested enough in the subject to spend their spare time looking at the work of other artists online.

Which is excellent news, as Tate Liverpool has just opened a major exhibition of works by the hugely influential American artist Jackson Pollock. Blind Spots features work which has never seen before in the UK, with some of his most famous ‘drip paintings’ shown alongside lesser known ‘black pourings’, drawings and sculpture.

Yellow Islands 1952 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased out of funds provided by Mr and Mrs H.J. Heinz II and H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd) 1961 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00436
Yellow Islands 1952 Jackson Pollock 1912-1956 Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery (purchased out of funds provided by Mr and Mrs H.J. Heinz II and H.J. Heinz Co. Ltd) 1961 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T00436

The exhibition runs to the 18th October, with daily guided tours at 12 noon.

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