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Books & Magazines October, 7 2009

Spaces of Experience: Art Gallery Interiors from 1800 to 2000

Last month I visited the Walker Art Center for the first time. What struck me most, and this may come off as a bit strange, was the flow of the gallery spaces. Natural, well lit, and almost seamless from room to room.

It seems (thankfully) that I am not the only one thinking of movement through gallery space. In fact, Charlotte Klonk probably thinks about it more deeply than I. Her new book, Spaces of Experience, looks at the changing of idea and practice within the art gallery in Europe and North America from 1800 to 2000. She covers all from the basic (for example, correct hanging height) to more politically charged shifts.

Klonk’s book is out now from Yale University Press.

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