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06 Jul 2020

Art Criticism and Writing - Online Course by Node Center

Art Criticism and Writing: an Introduction
Node Center for Curatorial Studies Berlin


Duration: Aug 12 - Sep 2, 2020 Enrol before: Aug 8, 2020 Lecturer: An Paenhuysen Participation Fee: 154€


Node Center for Curatorial Studies
Wrangelstr. 5
10997 Berlin

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In support of our community and art professionals during the global outbreak of COVID-19, we are offering a 20% discount on all of our courses. Discount code: #stayathome

*This course offers University credits.


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 this course 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.

*Video conferences every Wednesday at 3pm CEST. Recordings will be available in case you miss a live session!

-Duration: Aug 12 - Sep 2, 2020
-Enrol before: Aug 8, 2020
-Lecturer: An Paenhuysen
-Participation fee: 154 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