In the 1964 essay Against Interpretation, Susan Sontag argues that art should not be interpreted. Sontag is against the idea of interpretation because she believes that the true meaning of art is the art itself. Sontag believes that interpretation takes people's minds off of the art. She doesn't agree with the idea that art is something that must be translated into a clear idea. Sontag seems to believe that when people interpret art, they only believe the interpretation and not the art. Sontag argues that in art, interpretation has always failed. Sontag believes that we should see art for what it is, not what we think it is.
I have never had the urge to interpret artwork. I appreciated this article because I think that too much emphasis is put on the ideas behind artwork. I certainly don't think about interpretation while I'm creating my work.
1. Why do people feel the urge to interpret artwork?
2. Can art exist without interpretation?
3. Why are the ideas more important than the work itself?