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16 Jun 2015

Art Criticism and Writing: an Introduction by Node Center

'Art Criticism and Writing: an Introduction' Online Course by Node Center
Node Center for Curatorial Studies - Berlin


Duration: July 16 - August 6, 2015 Application deadline: Monday, July 13, 2015 Lecturer: An Paenhuysen Participation fee: 148 EUR


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Oranienstr. 24
10999 Berlin

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An online Course by Node Center

Art criticism is essential to the development of a dynamic and vibrant 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 endeavor to experiment, to be creative, and especially to develop their own style. So we exercise, sharpen and shape both imagination and skill. Writing about art has no template, in the workshop we treat it as an evolving social form.

*Live video-conferences every Thursday at 7pm Central European Time. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

Full information and enrollments:

- Duration: July 16 - August 6, 2015
- Application deadline: Monday, July 13, 2015
- Lecturer: An Paenhuysen
- Participation fee: 148 euros


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?
homework: creating a 'pillow book list'

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