Writings on the Wall
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This article presents a case study for how Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP) can enhance the spectator’s appreciation for a work of art by integrating critics’ interpretations. The author analyzes critics’ writings on Andy Goldsworthy’s site-specific sculpture The Wall that Went for a Walk (aka Storm King Wall) and creates a quadrivial analysis for the work using Matt Rentschler’s classification of art theory approaches, based in the quadrants of Integral Theory. This article demonstrates how the spectator applying IMP to an artwork can illuminate the unique interpretations of each critic while limiting critics’ absolutist claims. The result is an enhanced appreciation for the artwork and a more reflective viewer.