The Power of Placement


With great pleasure, I gave a few art and foreign literature books, from my personal collection, to a graduate student today. She can certainly use these titles in her study, research, work, and leisure reading.  This makes us both very happy.  One of the books is entitled “The Art and Power of Placement“. Indeed, the power of placement, from a librarian’s shelf to that of a budding scholar’s.


Newhouse, Victoria. Art and the Power of Placementbookcover
New York, N.Y. : Monacelli Press, 2005.
Tisch Oversize: N4395 .N49 2005


Where and how an artwork is presented can enhance it or detract from it, or even alter its meaning. Depending on the display, painting and sculpture can denote a religious, political, decorative, or educational significance, as well as aesthetic and commercial value. Just how powerful the effect of placement can be is demonstrated in this book by in-depth case studies and comparisons of art installations around the world and from antiquity to the present, all richly illustrated. Not limited to museums, Newhouse branches out to explore noteworthy displays of art in commercial galleries and in private homes and gardens, as well as in a number of unusual venues. She concludes with some guidelines for display that apply as much to the hanging of a picture in a private interior as to the installation of a museum show.–From publisher description.

Comments are closed.