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Museum/Curatorial Studies: Art Reviews

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Fun Stuff

"Art you an Artist?  Need a review written in 60 seconds?"


"Are you an artist? Do you need a review?" Operating from a small, single-room structure installed at Documenta 13, Chicago-based art historian and "60 wrd/min art critic" Lori Waxman offered free reviews to any artist who wanted one. A sign in the window announced: "Reviews are free of charge, and are written here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. Lori Waxman will spend 25 minutes looking at submitted work and writing a 200-word review. Thoughtful responses are guaranteed. Completed reviews will be published in the Hessische/-Niedersachsische-Allgemeine (HNA) weekly, and will remain on view here throughout Documenta 13." This book collects together all 241 reviews written during the performance, and includes an afterword by the exhibition's artistic director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who praises the project as "insanely democratic."

Art Review Writing

As seen : exhibitions that made architecture and design history


Bad new days : art, criticism, emergency

Bad New Days examines the evolution of art and criticism in Western Europe and North America over the last twenty-five years, exploring their dynamic relation to the general condition of emergency instilled by neoliberalism and the war on terror.

A theatre criticism/arts journalism primer : refereeing the muses

A Theater Criticism/Arts Journalism Primer: Refereeing the Muses examines the skill set associated with being a critic and arts journalist. It explores the history, evolution, and future of the profession in the United States, and carefully and purposefully dissects the preparation, observation, and writing process associated with generating thoughtful and interesting arts criticism.
Using theatrical productions as the best and most vivid example of a storytelling enterprise that employs creativity, imagination, collaboration, aesthetics, and artisanship to effectively engage an audience, this book is intended to generate the critical thinking and critical writing skills necessary to effectively engage in all forms of arts journalism.

Blogs for Art

Ai Weiwei's blog [electronic resource] : writings, interviews, and digital rants, 2006-2009

Manifestos and immodest proposals from China's most famous artist and activist, culled from his popular blog, shut down by Chinese authorities in 2009.

In 2006, even though he could barely type, China's most famous artist started blogging. For more than three years, Ai Weiwei turned out a steady stream of scathing social commentary, criticism of government policy, thoughts on art and architecture, and autobiographical writings.