Sylvia Sleigh, “Arakawa and Madeline Gins,” 1962.
Oil on canvas.*

de Appel arts centre
16 July–2 October 2011

Why should I value conceptual art? As a viewer, can I simply decide for myself what I consider to be art and what I reject as nonsense or pseudo-intellectual hogwash? What do I have to know before I can make these sorts of value judgements? To what extent are the appreciation and production of art a form of specialist knowledge? Can I see the difference between amateur art and professional art? Can anyone do anything?

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