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July 6, 2021

s1e4 Conceptual Value

s1e4 Conceptual Value

Systems for Evaluating Art


In series 1 episode 104, co-hosts Ann Shafer and Ben Levy continue their conversation about value but turn toward artistic value rather than monetary value. Both Ann and Ben describe their own systems for evaluating a work of art. Ben’s system centers on reverse engineering a work and looking at the decisions made at each step. Ann’s system is a long and wide-ranging list of questions that get filed into emotional impact and visual impact. All of which is to say, there is no right or wrong way to approach a work of art.

Episode image: Ann Shafer caught Ben Levy's selfie at a private dinner club in London, 2015. Photo by Ben Levy.

Platemark is produced by Ann Shafer
Series one co-host: Ben Levy
Series two co-host: Tru Ludwig
Theme music:
Michael Diamond