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12 Jun 2014

Art Criticism and Writing: Online course by Node Center

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Art Criticism and Writing: Online course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies


From June 25th to July 16th, 2014
Application deadline:
June 17th, 2014
Lecturer: An Paenhuysen


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
Berlin 10999

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Node Center's Online Program facilitates rich interaction through multimedia material, weekly video-conferences, practical exercises and personal feedback from the lecturers.

Duration: From June 25th to July 16th, 2014
Application deadline: June 17th, 2014
Lecturer: An Paenhuysen


Art criticism is essential to the development of a dynamic and virile art scene and tradition. In curatorial and artistic practice, good writing skills combined with a critical mindset are a necessity on various levels, such as applying for funding, presenting an exhibition project, writing texts for catalogues, press releases, and about the art pieces in the show. In the workshop we will dedicate ourselves to the writing of short-form art critical reviews. We will learn how to formulate an idea with clarity, how to analyze and evaluate art and its display in a thoughtful, meaningful way. A range of critical methods as well as different outlets (art magazine, newspaper, blog, etc.) are discussed.

With stage-by-stage guidance the participants are supported in their endeavour to experiment, to be creative, and especially to develop their own style. Writing about art has no template, in the workshop we treat it as an evolving social form.

Full information and program:

Participation fee: 145€
Language: English

Enrol here:

*Online material available 24/7 during the duration of the course and 4 weekly video-conferences every Wednesday at 7pm Central European Time. The video conferences will be recorded for the participants who can't attend on real time.



//Week 1:

The position of critical writing in the contemporary art world.
The difficulties and opportunities of writing and publishing art criticism
Examining examples of art criticism: questioning and challenging clichés and
Jargons of the genre
Reflection: can we define the characteristics of good art critical writing?

//Week 2:

Discussion of art and its qualities
Writing about exhibition displays: strategies, tools, and parameters of forming your
opinion of an exhibition
Homework: writing exercise (involves visiting an exhibition opening)

//Week 3:

Feedback and workshopping texts
Subjectivity and objectivity in critical writing: how are you positioned?
Homework: writing exercise

//Week 4:

Workshopping texts
The advantages/disadvantages of various formats, such as blogging, reportage, etc.
Negotiating fees for writing and the benefit of saying no/yes