Do Brexiters Really Prefer Realism to Abstract Art? – BrxiTER真的喜欢写实艺术还是抽象艺术?

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10 Oct 2018

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Do Brexiters Really Prefer Realism to Abstract Art?

10 Oct 2018

A new study claims that the differences between Leavers and Remainers in the UK extend to artistic taste

A museum visitor walks past paintings by Mark Rothko, 2018. Courtesy: Getty Images; photogrpah: Robert Alexander

Do Brexiters Really Prefer Realism to Abstract Art? - BrxiTER真的喜欢写实艺术还是抽象艺术?

A museum visitor walks past paintings by Mark Rothko, 2018. Courtesy: Getty Images; photograph: Robert Alexander

Can artistic preferences reveal your dislike of Europe? Oxford University sociologists say that Brexiters are fonder of artwork containing realistic rather than more abstract images.

The experts reached their conclusion after surveying thousands who took part in the UK’s referendum to leave the European Union in 2016. They asked respondents to select their favourites from four pairs of artworks, each containing a ‘realistic’ image (including artists Thomas Kinkade and Michael Klein) and a ‘more abstract’ piece (including Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Mark Rothko).

Their findings, published in the paper ‘Preference for realistic art predicts support for Brexit’ in The British Journal of Sociology, say that those who selected all four of the realistic works were 15 to 20 percent more likely to back the Leave vote, than those who chose zero or one of the realistic images.

‘This effect was comparable to the difference in support between those with a degree and those with no education, and was robust to controlling for the respondent’s party identity,’ they write. ‘Preference for realistic art is a robust predictor of support for Brexit.’

Lead researcher Noah Carl told The Guardian that he thought the paper’s findings ‘largely reflects the differences between social conservatives and social liberals […] Leave voters were not much more economically rightwing than Remain voters, but they were substantially more socially conservative.’

The paper suggested that reasons for the disparity in artistic taste might be down to social conservatives evaluating ‘abstract paintings more negatively because they impute less skill or effort to their creators’ and that ‘recent evidence indicates that they also display higher aversion to non-social pattern deviancy […] For example, they are less likely to describe an almost-circular shape as a circle’.

The reseachers also offered an alternative possibility that the disparity could be down to different environments – that for Remain supporters, ‘liking abstract art has positive connotations like cosmopolitanism, intellectual sophistication and open-mindedness.’

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新闻/新闻/新闻2018年10月10日2018年10月10日.一项新的研究声称,英国留守者和留守者之间的差异延伸到艺术品味。礼貌:盖蒂图片;照片:罗伯特·亚历山大礼貌:盖蒂图片;照片:Robert Alexander Can的艺术偏好表明你不喜欢欧洲?牛津大学社会学家说,BrxiTeSs更喜欢写实而不是更抽象的作品。专家们在调查了数千名参加英国2016年退出欧盟的公民投票的人之后得出结论。他们要求受访者从四幅作品中选择他们最喜欢的,每幅作品都包含一个“现实”的图像(包括艺术家托马斯·金卡德和迈克尔·克莱因)和一个“更抽象”的作品(包括弗朗西斯·培根、大卫·霍克尼和马克·罗斯科)。他们的发现,发表在《英国社会学杂志》上的《现实主义艺术的偏好》一文中,预测了对布雷克西特的支持。他们说,选择这四部现实主义作品的人比那些选择零票或零票的人支持Leave的可能性高出15%到20%。主义形象。他们写道,这种效应可以与那些拥有学位的人和那些没有受过教育的人在支持方面的差异相媲美,并且对于控制被调查者的政党身份是强有力的。首席研究员诺亚·卡尔(Noah Carl)告诉《卫报》(The Guardian)说,他对现实主义艺术的偏爱是支持布雷克西特的有力预兆。他认为,这份论文的发现“在很大程度上反映了社会保守主义者和社会自由主义者之间的差别.[……]离党选民在经济上没有多变化。“右翼人士比其他选民更右倾,但他们在社会上更保守。”这篇论文指出,造成艺术品味差异的原因可能是社会保守主义者对“抽象画”的评价更消极,因为他们把较少的技巧或努力归咎于他们的创作。“tor”和“最近的证据表明他们也表现出对非社会模式偏差的更高的厌恶[…]例如,他们不太可能将几乎圆形的形状描述为圆形”。研究者们还提出了另一种可能性,即这种差异可能归因于不同的环境——对于“仍旧”的支持者来说,“喜欢抽象艺术具有积极的内涵,如世界主义、智力成熟和开放。”新闻/布雷克西特新闻牛津大学英国欧洲马克·罗斯科摘要


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