MODULE 8 > Comparative Review & Proposal
THE DEBATE OVER VALUATION IN COMPARING DIFFERENT SYSTEMS OF ART MAKING.
Listen to the in-class lecture and participate in the class discussion.
Students have to turn in their art review or show proposal each week.
You should be ready to present your finished review or show proposal in class every week.
[ ] Write a 1 page comparative review of an art exhibition in town (see below).
[ ] Make a show proposal poster for your exhibition that is baced on a comparative groups of works or a two-person show.
HOW TO WRITE A COMPARISON ART REVIEW
Goal: To compare and contrast two works, two artists or two movements as a way of discovering more about each one.
- First, site down and note both the similarities and differences between two works, two artists or two movements
- Make sure they are not so different that few similarities can be found and the differences are not so great that the reader is not likely to follow why these works are being compared.
- Look for points of relevance in writing a comparison art review and don’t just compare and contrast images, artists and movements to show that they are different.
- Comparisons should help you learn about the chronology, authenticity and development of works of art over time. Close comparing is used for authentication, comparing an artist’s early work with their more mature work is a means of understanding their development and comparing one movement against another can provide insights into different genre’s and styles throughout history.
Tips on Writing
- There are generally two approaches to writing a comparison art review in terms of style. The first is to write one block paragraph about one work/artist/movement and then another paragraph about similar concerns or issues with another work/artist/movement, or to go point by point alternating throughout.
- Either approach is ok, but both should be organized to make a point about the kind of comparison they are proposing.
- It is common to address the same concerns in the same order, occasionally looking back at earlier observations in the process of comparison.
- Always check to make sure that points of comparison are clear and that significant similarities and differences are covered.
- Make sure the organization is clear and that the points made are well supported by observations and evidence. If any value judgement is offered it should be equally well supported.
Hint: A comparison art review is a means of drawing new conclusions about influence, style, content, and how we understand art. It allows one work, artist or movement to help us understand the achievements of another work, artist or movement by focusing on what is both different and similar. Above all else, it gives us a greater appreciation for the objects, artists and movements under consideration as well as their principle achievements.
Art Review: 3-5 paragraphs, 1.5 type, 3-5 pictures when possible.
SHOW PROPOSAL POSTER EXAMPLES
Optional Reading (Art 560):
[ ] A Short Guide to Writing About Art. By Sylvan Barnet (pf 102-116)
Comparative writing as a Method
This method of writing is usually used to describe a Two Person Show or comparative works from two different schools, times, or places.
Homework Theme: Show Proposal and Poster
Write a show proposal for two favorite artists that you’d like to see in a show together or two school or movements of art that you’d like to see together in a show.
CLASS DISCUSSION - IS ART ABLE TO BE COMPARED TO OTHER ART, AND IF SO, ON WHAT GROUNDS?
Examples of comparative two-person shows that have had a big impact from a curatorial perspective.
Two Person Shows
Van Gogh/Artaud, Musee d'Orsay, 654,291.
Picasso and Matisse, Tate, 562, 622
Post Pop: East Meets West, Saatchi Gallery, 486, 425.
Warhol/Weiwei, NGV International
Famous Art Couples