Art is a spectator sport. There are galleries where league games take place. Then there are museums, which are like trophy cabinets on steroids, where the winners congregate. In-between these poles of appreciation, you have things like art fairs and auction houses where the most prestigious teams gather to compete for a shot at the title.

This is of course an incomplete sketch of the artworld; in reality its networks of institutions (both formal and informal) are far broader and indeed, more complex. Nevertheless what this opening gambit addresses is the relationship of visual art to its environment. Because art is made to be looked at and seen.

adjective is a filter applied to this looking, bridging the artistic encounter with words. Words present a way of making sense of what we see, touch, smell and hear. They fill in the holes that escape our senses and provide histories to a space where only the artwork once existed.

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