Reza Daftarian Alex Kitnick Seminar on Curation 27 September 2016 Reading Response: Week 5 In Brian O’Doherty’s seminal 1986 text, Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space examines the manifestation and evolution of the gallery space as an environment in which art is exhibited. In the span of a mere 142 pages, O’Doherty manages to, what some may preface with the word ‘radically’, reconstruct the manner in which a preponderance of people, especially those who do not possess an acute sensibility of art, see the gallery space as nonexistent without its possession of art. He situates the moment during the late fifties and sixties, in which the purpose of the exhibition space no longer to display or support an artwork, but rather became an indispensible component of the artwork. This occurrence invoked the realization that artwork could no longer be comprehended without understanding that the aesthetic of the space indirectly (from a viewer’s stance) allowed the work to become artwork.
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