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What makes an artwork good?
Dr. James FoxDr. James FoxHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript53m
Why are some artists famous and others forgotten? Why are some artworks priceless and others worthless? And in an era where so much art is so hard to fathom, how do we know whether a work of art is any good?
Most of us have at some point come across an artwork that critics say is a masterpiece, but that we don’t “get”. We've all read stories about collectors paying fortunes for works of art that we wouldn’t pay a penny for. Are they right? Are we wrong? Or is artistic value all in the eye of the beholder?

In the second talk of his exclusive series for The Garden tackling the biggest questions in art, James Fox will disperse the cloud of confusion, pretention and international art speak that surrounds art in order to explain what makes an artwork good, which artists are overrated, which are underrated, and whether a painting or sculpture is ever worth what people are willing to pay for it. In doing so, he hopes to provide you with the tools you need to make your own mind up.

James is an art historian at the University of Cambridge, as well as a curator, award-winning broadcaster and the best-selling author of The World According To Colour.

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Art's Biggest Questions

Join our 4-part series as we explore the world of art with Cambridge Art Historian & Broadcaster, Dr James Fox.

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Is there any "bad" art that you secretly like Mr Fox?
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Do you think art made by males vs females is judged different and more weight (favour) is given to art made by men?
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Thank you for another clearly presented and stimulating talk. Rather than being an academic exercise, your talk had practical criteria to apply to artworks to determine their value. This should help me appreciate art more fully.Andy
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