Writing about art is based on a sustained practice of rigorous analysis when first encountering an art object and the subsequent composition of prose that articulates that specific artwork’s aesthetic, social, and historical value. In Writing for the Art World: Style and Substance, students engage in close study of art objects and exhibitions. By reading exemplary texts, students will master the fundamental requirements for writing about art.
The course explores writing structure, tone, and point-of-view, as well as the professional vocabulary used to intelligently describe and analyze contemporary art exhibitions. Students will work under the guidance of the instructor as well as in an exchange with fellow students via a mid-course peer workshop. This course also allows students to practice art writing by generating and revising weekly writing material such as exhibition reviews, museum wall text, artist biographies, and catalog entries. Students’ work in the course will culminate in the composition of a 1000-word essay that describes, analyzes, and critiques an exhibition which presents a strong or unique position within the context of art history or contemporary culture.
Students will learn:
- To identify and describe the types of contemporary art writings that contribute to exhibitions, auctions, and public conversations about art.
- To assess the vocabulary and writing techniques applicable in a variety of spheres that require a written analysis of art.
- To create a written review which showcases your writing skills and could be used to further your career in the arts.