How to look at a work of art
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The ‘Slow Art movement’ is on the rise. Linda Kennedy looks at the ins and outs of ‘eyeball etiquette’.
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“Is there a right length of time to look at – or engage with – an artwork?” asks Linda Kennedy in this video from Art Basel Hong Kong. “What’s worth a glance? What deserves a gaze?”

The annual Slow Art Day encourages people to choose a few pieces of art and stare longer. “In an art fair like this, people are just racing around, trying to take photos, see as much as they can take in,” says art critic Payal Uttam. “Slow art is really the polar opposite – it’s about taking time.”

Kennedy spends a few minutes with Belgian artist Luc Tuymans, navigating the contours of one of his paintings. She also talks to the performance artist Enoch Cheng, who believes the Slow Art movement “gives us the space again to look again, to even do nothing – that is a very precious space, it’s almost like a luxury now.”

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