Yue Minjun‘s frozen-laugh self-portraits are very popular with art connoisseurs. Connoisseurs enjoy educating others about work like his; art that is challenging and conceptual. Since they are the “experts” shouldn’t they pick the art to go in hospitals? Not unless they understand a) patient preferences in art and b) art in healthcare must reduce stress
Connoisseurs, collectors, curators and artists have well-trained eyes and a well-developed sense of taste. However they might not know that art has to be seen as a functional tool in the healing environment. It should be judged by how patients, patient’s families and staff respond. Quoting Roger S. Ulrich from “Putting Patients First”:
“… many artists and designers enjoy … art styles and subject matter that evoke negative reactions in most of the pubic. This implies that if artists and designers follow their personal aesthetic tastes and knowledge when selecting art for healthcare settings and fail to involve patient representatives or consult research evidence, they may unwittingly specify art that widely misses the mark of patient preferences and therefore provoke negative reactions.”
The ideal person to pick art for healthcare settings is an Art Consultant or Interior Designer who understands the research on healing environments and patient preferences.