In last Tuesday’s class we talked about description and interpretation in art and their importance in informing us about a work. We discussed how description is an important way to identify the features in a work of art. It serves as a way to analyze something for what is being directly presented to the viewer through the elements of design. It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the choices that artist made in order to communicate something. Joseph Mallard’s essay over Turner’s Slave Ship was a excellent example how language can be used to convey the tone of a painting as well as its appearance. We also discussed the role of interpretation in a critique, and how the voice of the author can play a part in our understanding of a work. While not necessarily based in fact, drawing conclusions can help lead us to a deeper appreciation of a work of art. Such as in Allan Sekulas writing on a photographic triptych in which he infers the intentions of the artists choices in the photographs in order to try and gain and greater understanding of the work. In class we talked about how criticism can can be used as a way to retrieve information that is hidden from plain view. Interpretation allows us to fill in the blanks in order to form an opinion of a work of art that goes beyond an appreciation of beauty or craftsmanship. Together description and interpretation is the basis for a formal critique, both are necessary in order to describe a work and convey what its purpose is.