Pick of the Week – 20 November

What’s been happening in the arts this week? As part of our blog series, Pick of the Week, we’ve picked our favourite stories, interesting exhibitions and most thought-provoking debates we’ve seen and heard this week.

 

Can you get high on art?

A neuroscientist, an art critic, and a neuroaesthetics expert (this sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it really isn’t!) were asked whether they thought it possible for art to induce the same sorts of responses as taking drugs. They agreed that art can certainly have a profound effect – even in your brain chemistry – but is it really the same as chemically enhancing your perceptions?

 

The art of slowing down in a museum

On a related note, this article in the New York Times offers a great alternative to the ways in which we tend to engage with works in museums and galleries. Are we so busy trying to tick off all the ‘must sees’ that we’re missing out on what art can really offer us? Professor James O. Pawelski raises a compelling case for taking things more slowly.

 

The wackiest art heist ever

We finish this week with some light relief and this story of a bizarre art theft in the 1960s. In fact, the story is such a strange delight, we don’t want to spoil it by saying too much…

 

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