This course introduces students to various styles and genres of art writing, ranging from exhibition reviews to curatorial essays and catalogue entries, and short and long-form criticism. Through a combination of lectures, practice exercises, workshop-style critiques and exhibition visits, the subject will guide students to express their ideas about art and exhibitions with clarity and style, and through a critical lens. The course provides a grounding in the historical and philosophical bases of criticism as a field and practice, and its role and function in contemporary culture and media. It offers guidance on how to analyse and evaluate art and its display in a critically insightful and compelling way, as well as practical strategies for communicating more effectively with diverse audiences and publics.
Terry Barrett, Criticising Art: Understanding the Contemporary, McGraw Hill, New York, 2000.
James Elkins What Happened to Art Criticism, Prickly Paradigm Press, Chicago, 2003
Lee Weng Choy ‘Coincidence and Relation: Art Criticism and Heartbreak’, Goethe Institute, Hong Kong, 2005
Daniel Mendelsohn, “A Critic’s Manifesto,” New Yorker, 28 August 2012
Barry Schwabsky, “A Critic’s Job of Work,” The Nation, 9 March 2016