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.
Site visits may include:
- Printed Matter, Inc.
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Museum of Modern Art
- David Zwirner Gallery
- Hauser & Wirth Gallery
- Art publications like Art Forum and The New York Times
Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Students will hear firsthand about writing about art for different types of publications from individuals who have made writing about art the centerpiece of their careers.
Guest speakers may include:
- Art critics
- Art publishers
- Gallery owners
- Museum curators
Materials Fee: $195
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Aimee Walleston is New York City-based essayist and editor, who has worked for magazines including W, Interview, Jane and The Last Magazine. She has contributed reviews, essays, and interviews to numerous publications including Art in America, Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, T Magazine and CR Fashion Book. Previously, she held the position of in-house casting director for photographer Bruce Weber.