Vol. 1: Criticism, critique, criticality

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This workshop is about asking questions of where we see art, how we talk about it, and who’s reading about it. This is for:

  • writers working in visual arts journalism
  • curators
  • artists looking to navigate the impact of their practice from the artist statement to the exhibition review

In this workshop we will examine art writing and artworks to generate questions rather than answers. How important is taste? Historical context? Biography? Are exhibition catalog essays art criticism or press? What about theory? Who reads art criticism? What about judgment? Is it the artwork or the installation of the work? The goal is to reevaluate our own critical registers.

Visual culture impacts our lives in meaningful and dazzling ways. Contemporary art appears more accessible than ever from the increasing amount of biennials to image based social media. Hence, we should probably be able to respond to it beyond a constrained and tentative pause followed by, “…interesting.”

There are no longer any spots available for the workshop.

Courtney R. Thompson is a freelance arts writer/critic/worker in Winnipeg. She graduated with an MA in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been writing about the arts in both print and online publications for more than a decade.