Learn how to write like an art critic, fashioning compelling profiles of art exhibitions and galleries.
What does great art writing look like? What is involved in researching and writing about art? How can you think about art in a way that will make your writing clear, organized, and influential?
Explore the answers to these and other questions by talking to art critics and insiders from publications, such as Artforum, ARTnews, Art in America, and The New York Times. Visit Printed Matter, Inc. in the Chelsea art district to get a glimpse of the dynamic world of art publishing, and learn about groundbreaking publications and websites that have the power to make or break an artist’s career. Students will visit the top summer shows at galleries and museums, and then produce their own reviews, features, profiles, or interviews as part of this course.
Visits will include an array of galleries and museums, especially popular and timely exhibitions, which they will view side by side with current art writing and criticism about the shows.
In the past, site visits have included:
- World renowned press store Printed Matter, Inc.
- The contemporary art exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Whitney Museum of American Art
- The Center for Book Arts
- David Zwirner and Hauser & Wirth gallery
- Offices of art publications
- An artist studio in Brooklyn
Students will hear first-hand how to write about art for different types of publications, including presentations from individuals who have made writing about art the centerpiece of their careers.
In the past, guest speakers have included:
- Art critics
- Art magazine editors
- Art publishers
- Gallery owners
Materials Fee: $195
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.