I can enjoy some art the way I can literature

Et moi aussi, TFF. But the comparison with literature extends even further. Some art needs to be "read" before it can be enjoyed.

I am no expert myself but I find that many things I passed over on my first encounter became absorbing when I became aware of the nuances or layers of meaning, or when I understood the artist's history.

These 'layers' make me think of a pun.

If you don't get the secondary meaning, the pun goes right over one's head.

But, again, I'm not trying to pass myself off as a discerning or knowledgeable art lover. I either "love" something or it leaves me cold.