In this series of five films, Questions about Art, we explore some frequent musings about art - using questions asked by our audiences.
What makes a painting iconic? Why aren't there more female artists? Why can’t I touch artworks when I'm in a gallery?
What makes an artwork iconic?
In 1980, the National Galleries of Scotland bought a painting by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein for £100,000, and were greeted with uproar that so much money had been spent on a comic book. From its controversial origins, how has In The Car become such an iconic artwork?
Why can't I touch art?
If you’ve ever seen a painting behind glass, or a barrier in front of a sculpture, you might have wondered, ‘why can’t I touch that?’ So why can’t you touch art? And as the world of art constantly evolves, is this changing?