MODULE 9: Art Historical Review and Proposal
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 of your “Favorite ‘topic’ you’d like to see a show about”.
WRITING AN ART HISTORICAL REVIEW
Goal: Try to develop a feeling for the facts that surrounded a work and how people once thought about it as well as providing an insight into how we might see the work anew today.
- First select an artwork or artworks that you want to research.
- Next try to reconstruct some of the social conditions and attitudes that surrounding the work by gathering together as many documents as you can to understand the period in which the work was made.
- Use the information to get a sense of where the artwork or artworks belong in an artists overall production, in society at large, what place they had in discussions about art at the time, etc.
- Use this information to construct an account of the works genesis, development, completion and journey into society and art institutions.
Tips for writing:
- In reviewing the historical aspects of a work try to write a balanced account of influences, motivations and the value of the contribution makes to cultural production.
- Be as objective as you can, mention the artist’s writing or other writings about the artist’s work, use quotations and site sources regularly, etc.
- Make sure to bring a historical sense to the work in terms of when, where, how and why the work was made.
- Do not try to merely echo fashionable views on the work but provide your own insights and counterpoints to what other critics and historians have said about the work.
Hint: As you write your historical art review and revise it, imagine you are explaining your positions to someone who is unfamiliar with the work, but who wants to know more about it. Write to keep your audience interested, informed and motivated to keep reading as you reveal richer sources and deeper insights into the work.
Art Review: 3-5 paragraphs, 1.5 type, 3-5 pictures when possible.
SHOW PROPOSAL POSTER EXAMPLES
This method of writing is usually used to describe a big survey show or a big topic show.
Example of an Art Historical review: http://www.theartsbeacon.com/tales-on-the-horizon/tales-on-the-horizon-at-smoca
Show Proposal: “Favorite ‘topic’ you’d like to see a show about”.
CLASS DEBATE: CAN ART FROM DIFFERENT LOCALS, CULTURES OR DIFFERENT TIME PERIODS BE COMPARED?
Abstract America: New Paintings and Sculpture, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2010, 837,000
Picasso and Spanish Modernity, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, 620, 719