How to Write About Contemporary Art

This is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time.

Author: Gilda Williams

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500772169

Category: Art

Page: 264

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This is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time. Invaluable for students, arts professionals and other writers, it brims with practical tips that range across the full spectrum of art-writing including academic essays; press releases and news articles; texts for auction and exhibition catalogues, gallery guides and wall labels; op-ed journalism and exhibition reviews and writing for websites and blogs. Gilda Williams, a London correspondent for Artforum, points to the power of close looking and research, showing how to deploy language effectively; how to develop new ideas; and how to construct compelling texts. Includes a bibliography, advice on the use and misuse of grammar and tips on how to construct your own contemporary art library.

How to Write Art History

On top of all this , the chronological range of art history sometimes confuses
students . How far in the past does art have to be for it to be history ? Why is it that
some art historians write about contemporary art ? As I see it , art historians write
 ...

Author: Anne D'Alleva

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing

ISBN: 9781856694889

Category: Academic writing

Page: 176

View: 606

"An invaluable handbook, How to Write Art History, will enable students to get the most from their art history course. Anne D'Alleva empowers readers to approach their coursework with confidence and energy." --Book Jacket.

Researching and Writing on Contemporary Art and Artists

As a scholar invested in what fans make out of celebrity, I am inclined to accept
and not to worry overmuch that the ontological status ... How do we write about or
perform the work of contemporary artists who are engulfed in scandal's flames?

Author: Christopher Wiley

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030392333

Category: Art

Page: 281

View: 511

Researching and writing about contemporary art and artists present unique challenges for scholars, students, professional critics and creative practitioners alike. This collection of essays from across the arts disciplines—music, literature, dance, theatre and the visual arts—explores the challenges and complexities raised by engaging in researching and writing on living or recently deceased subjects and their output. Different sections explore critical perspectives and case studies in relation to innovative, distinctive or otherwise leading work, as well as offering innovative modes of discourse such as a visual essay and a music composition. Subjects addressed include recent scandals of Canadian literary celebrity, late-career output, the written element of music composition PhDs, and the boundaries between ethnography and hagiography, with case studies ranging from Howard Barker to Adrian Piper to Sylvie Guillem and Misty Copeland.

Themes in Contemporary Art

This work discusses the art of the final third of the twentieth century. In seven related chapters, it looks at different aspects of the postmodernism that has dominated art since the 1960s.

Author: Gillian Perry

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300102970

Category: Art

Page: 326

View: 498

This work discusses the art of the final third of the twentieth century. In seven related chapters, it looks at different aspects of the postmodernism that has dominated art since the 1960s.

What Is Contemporary Art

Inviting readers into these diverse yet overlapping art worlds, Smith offers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the institutions, the personalities, the biennials, and of course the works that together are defining the contemporary.

Author: Terry Smith

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226764311

Category: Art

Page: 329

View: 180

Who gets to say what counts as contemporary art? Artists, critics, curators, gallerists, auctioneers, collectors, or the public? Revealing how all of these groups have shaped today’s multifaceted definition, Terry Smith brilliantly shows that an historical approach offers the best answer to the question: What is Contemporary Art? Smith argues that the most recognizable kind is characterized by a return to mainstream modernism in the work of such artists as Richard Serra and Gerhard Richter, as well as the retro-sensationalism of figures like Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. At the same time, Smith reveals, postcolonial artists are engaged in a different kind of practice: one that builds on local concerns and tackles questions of identity, history, and globalization. A younger generation embodies yet a third approach to contemporaneity by investigating time, place, mediation, and ethics through small-scale, closely connective art making. Inviting readers into these diverse yet overlapping art worlds, Smith offers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the institutions, the personalities, the biennials, and of course the works that together are defining the contemporary. The resulting map of where art is now illuminates not only where it has been but also where it is going.

Dream factory communism

The works by contemporary Russian artists such as Erik Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, and Komar & Melamid mark the chasm that separates us from this art today both aesthetically and politically. Book jacket.

Author: Boris Groĭs

Publisher: Cantz

ISBN: 9783775713283

Category: Art

Page: 461

View: 353

The all-encompassing mass culture we know today had its beginnings in the years between the wars, with its main avenue being the reproduction and circulation of images via media such as posters and movies. The totalitarian movement of that time succeeded in making radical use of these new opportunities for the consistent transformation of culture, even to the point of instrumentalizing traditional media such as painting and sculpture. The centrally organized Soviet mass culture of the Stalin period is an excellent example of such a highly effective propaganda machine. Starting with late realistic works by Kazimir Malevich, this book presents a macrocosm of Soviet art in the Stalin era -- still little-known in the West -- as a unified aesthetic phenomenon transcending individual media. Later works of Sots Art, which view the aesthetics of a totalitarian regime more critically, provide a running visual commentary. The works by contemporary Russian artists such as Erik Bulatov, Ilya Kabakov, and Komar & Melamid mark the chasm that separates us from this art today both aesthetically and politically. Book jacket.

Art to Come

Throughout these essays, Smith offers systematic proposals for writing contemporary art's histories while assessing how curators, critics, philosophers, artists, and art historians are currently doing so.

Author: Terry Smith

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 1478003472

Category: Art

Page: 448

View: 349

In Art to Come Terry Smith—who is widely recognized as one of the world's leading historians and theorists of contemporary art—traces the emergence of contemporary art and further develops his concept of contemporaneity. Smith shows that embracing contemporaneity as both a historical concept and a condition of the globalized world allows us to grasp how contemporary art exists in a fluid space of increasing interdependencies, multiple contemporaneous modernities, and persistent inequalities. Throughout these essays, Smith offers systematic proposals for writing contemporary art's histories while assessing how curators, critics, philosophers, artists, and art historians are currently doing so. Among other topics, Smith examines the intersection of architecture with other visual arts, Chinese art since the Cultural Revolution, how philosophers are theorizing concepts associated with the contemporary, Australian Indigenous art, and the current state of art history. Art to Come will be essential reading for artists, art students, curators, gallery workers, historians, critics, and theorists.

The Sphinx Contemplating Napoleon

Anchored in artistic practice, this vibrant collection of essays and writings spans a period from 1992-2017 and the work of leading artists such as Adel Abdessemed, Richard Avedon, Sonia Boyce, Frank Bowling, Omer Fast, Mona Hatoum, Susan ...

Author: Gilane Tawadros

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501353470

Category: Art

Page: 304

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Anchored in artistic practice, this vibrant collection of essays and writings spans a period from 1992-2017 and the work of leading artists such as Adel Abdessemed, Richard Avedon, Sonia Boyce, Frank Bowling, Omer Fast, Mona Hatoum, Susan Hiller, Alfredo Jaar, Glenn Ligon and Shen Yuan. A key figure in British and international art, Gilane Tawadros draws difference to the surface, recuperating it as a potentially radical frame through which to understand contemporary art and the everyday world. Playing with forms of writing, from critical analyses to fictional narratives, the book functions as a practice-based meditation on how to write about contemporary art.

How to Write About Music

She's sad, and unafraid to show it, but she's also clear-eyed about how the
dismantling of some areas of her life has freed ... and took part in the renowned “
Face the Strange” music series hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago.

Author:

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628920467

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

View: 346

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, you'd do best to hone your chops and avoid clichés (like the one that begins this sentence) by learning from the prime movers. How to Write About Music offers a selection of the best writers on what is perhaps our most universally beloved art form. Selections from the critically-acclaimed 33 1/3 series appear alongside new interviews and insights from authors like Lester Bangs, Chuck Klosterman, Owen Pallet, Ann Powers and Alex Ross. How to Write About Music includes primary sources of inspiration from a variety of go-to genres such as the album review, the personal essay, the blog post and the interview along with tips, writing prompts and advice from the writers themselves. Music critics of the past and the present offer inspiration through their work on artists like Black Sabbath, Daft Punk, J Dilla, Joy Division, Kanye West, Neutral Milk Hotel, Radiohead, Pussy Riot and countless others. How to Write About Music is an invaluable text for all those who have ever dreamed of getting their music writing published and a pleasure for everyone who loves to read about music.

What was Contemporary Art

In response to this emphasis on the present, I posed to the students a series of
questions at once straightforward and admittedly aggressive: "Why are you
studying art history if what you reaIIy want to do is write about the contemporary
moment ...

Author: Richard Meyer

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 0262135086

Category: Art

Page: 361

View: 193

Meyer analyzes an undergraduate course taught by Alfred Barr at Wellesley College in 1927 as a key moment in the introduction of works by living artists into the discipline of art history, then turns to a series of exhibitions from the 1930s that put contemporary art in dialogue with premodern works ranging from prehistoric cave pictures to Italian Renaissance paintings. Meyer also treats the controversy that arose in 1948 over the decision by Boston's Institute of Modern Art to change its name to the Institute of Contemporary Art. By retrieving moments in the history of once-current art, Meyer redefines "the contemporary" as a condition of being alive to and alongside other moments, artists, and objects.

Contemporary Art and Digital Culture

This book looks at how contemporary art addresses digitality, circulation, privacy, and globalisation, and suggests how feminism and gender binaries have been shifted by new mediations of identity.

Author: Melissa Gronlund

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317386418

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

View: 201

Contemporary Art and Digital Culture analyses the impact of the internet and digital technologies upon art today. Art over the last fifteen years has been deeply inflected by the rise of the internet as a mass cultural and socio-political medium, while also responding to urgent economic and political events, from the financial crisis of 2008 to the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East. This book looks at how contemporary art addresses digitality, circulation, privacy, and globalisation, and suggests how feminism and gender binaries have been shifted by new mediations of identity. It situates current artistic practice both in canonical art history and in technological predecessors such as cybernetics and net.art, and takes stock of how the art-world infrastructure has reacted to the internet’s promises of democratisation. An invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of contemporary art – especially those studying history of art and art practice and theory – as well as those working in film, media, curation, or art education. Melissa Gronlund is a writer and lecturer on contemporary art, specialising in the moving image. From 2007–2015, she was co-editor of the journal Afterall, and her writing has appeared there and in Artforum, e-flux journal, frieze, the NewYorker.com, and many other places.

What s Wrong with Contemporary Art

The "packing, promotion and reception" of contemporary art troubles Peter Timms.

Author: Peter Timms

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9780868404073

Category: Art

Page: 184

View: 723

The "packing, promotion and reception" of contemporary art troubles Peter Timms. Market demands dominate and art has been corrupted and trivialized. The problem, he argues, extends to the way art is taught in art schools, the art that artists make, the collecting and curatorial methodologies of galleries and museums, funding criteria, the way that art is written about and the media's depiction of art.

Culture Or Trash

Offers a critical examination of the multibillion dollar industry of contemporary art

Author: James Gardner

Publisher: Birch Lane Press

ISBN:

Category: Art

Page: 227

View: 817

Offers a critical examination of the multibillion dollar industry of contemporary art

Qualitative Research in Education

Certainly, what was quality in art could no longer be judged by one group of
people or placed in a certain domain. Artists were free to try ... I also took two
courses in contemporary art—one in writing art criticism. I learned how to look
closely ...

Author: Marilyn Lichtman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412970520

Category: Education

Page: 265

View: 483

Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide, Second Edition brings together the essential elements of qualitative research, including traditions and influences in the field and practical, step-by-step coverage of each stage of the research process.Synthesizing the best thinking on conducting qualitative research in education, Marilyn Lichtman uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process. --from publisher description.

Qualitative Research in Education A User s Guide

I took two courses in contemporary art—one in writing art criticism. I learned how
to look closely and carefully at things I thought I knew so well. And, Ilearned how
to write and communicate my ideas in a clear and pointed manner. How does ...

Author: Marilyn Lichtman

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412995329

Category: Education

Page: 341

View: 749

Qualitative Research in Education: A User's Guide, Third Edition continues to bring together the essential elements of qualitative research, including traditions and influences in the field and practical, step-by-step coverage of each stage of the research process. Synthesizing the best thinking on conducting qualitative research in education, Marilyn Lichtman uses a conversational writing style that draws readers into the excitement of the research process.

How to Read Contemporary Art

Encompassing work in video, film, photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media and performance, this is a vibrant and accessible companion for art lovers everywhere.

Author: Michael Wilson

Publisher: ABRAMS

ISBN: 9780500970447

Category: Art appreciation

Page: 395

View: 608

Today's artists create work that's challenging, complicated and often perplexing. Exploring the significance and impact of a broad selection of the most prominent artists working in Europe, North and Latin America, Asia and Australasia, including Francis Alys, Marina Abramovi'c, Allora and Calzadilla, Maurizio Cattelan, Luc Tuymans and many more, How to Read Contemporary Art provides a thoughtful and accessible key to understanding the everchanging face of art practice at the beginning of the 21st century. Organized alphabetically by artist, it describes each artists use of media and symbolism in reference to their key pieces, and provides useful biographical information. Encompassing work in video, film, photography, installation, sculpture, painting, drawing, digital media and performance, this is a vibrant and vital companion for art lovers everywhere.

Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art

These testimonials form the basis of essays in the book’s second section, penned by leading scholars and curators of Nordic art.

Author: Tanja Toft

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1783209496

Category: Art

Page:

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Over the past few decades, the Nordic region has witnessed large shifts in its political, social and international outlook. Meanwhile, its art, commonly described as introverted, contemplative and wild, is also undergoing changes. As technology embeds itself further into the contemporary art scene, there is a renewed need to examine the role of art in society and everyday life, and to consider how the digitalization of art has tackled socio-political realities, locally and in the wider world. Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art includes a collection of testimonials from 65 artists, connected to Nordic art, who employ concepts and/or tools relating to the digital in their practice. Their statements form the basis of the essays in Part 2, penned by leading scholars affiliated with the Nordic art context, which inquire into the digital influences on contemporary art, with particular attention paid to the national and international Nordic socio-political context. Landscapes, nature, minimalism, melancholia – this book examines how these traditional Nordic tropes hold up in the growing field of digital contemporary art, and asks: to what extent have digital dynamics been adopted into the imaginaries and practices of Nordic artists?

Making Contemporary Art

Six clearly defined thematic sections - Scoping an Audience, Sourcing Inspiration, Crafting and Artistic 'Self', Expressing an Artistic Attitude, Choosing a Mission and Measuring Success - draw on the work of forty contemporary artists, ...

Author: Linda Weintraub

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780500284230

Category: Art, American

Page: 415

View: 909

"Making Contemporary Art is the ideal launchpad for anyone wanting to understand all the essential, but sometimes elusive, aspects of art-making today. In her inimitable voice - accessible, straightforward and jargon-free - Linda Weintraub explores the conceptual and practical concerns that go into making contemporary art. Six clearly defined thematic sections - Scoping an Audience, Sourcing Inspiration, Crafting and Artistic 'Self', Expressing an Artistic Attitude, Choosing a Mission and Measuring Success - draw on the work of forty contemporary artists, including Matthew Barney, Chris Ofili, Isaac Julien, Nan Goldin and Mariko Mori, to create a complex understanding of how to make and look at contemporary art. A series of interviews with various artists sheds light on every aspect of their work, from how they conceive and create their pieces to their more prosaic, practical concerns. In addition to being a fine read for anyone who simply wants to understand how to look at contemporary art, Making Contemporary Art is also an exceptional teaching tool, and one that plugs a huge gap in the art education market." -- Product description.

Memento Mori in Contemporary Art

This book explores how four contemporary artists—Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, and Damien Hirst—pursue the question of death through their fraught appropriations of Christian imagery.

Author: Taylor Worley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429671059

Category: Religion

Page: 250

View: 939

This book explores how four contemporary artists—Francis Bacon, Joseph Beuys, Robert Gober, and Damien Hirst—pursue the question of death through their fraught appropriations of Christian imagery. Each artist is shown to not only pose provocative theological questions, but also to question the abilities of theological speech to adequately address current attitudes to death. When set within a broader theological context around the thought of death, Bacon’s works invite fresh readings of the New Testament’s narration of the betrayal of Christ, and Beuys’ works can be appreciated for the ways they evoke Resurrection to envision possible futures for Germany in the aftermath of war. Gober’s immaculate sculptures and installations serve to create alternative religious environments, and these places are both evocative of his Roman Catholic upbringing and virtually haunted by the ghosts of his excommunication from that past. Lastly and perhaps most problematically, Hirst has built his brand as an artist from making jokes about death. By opening fresh arenas of dialogue and meaning-making in our society and culture today, the rich humanity of these artworks promises both renewed depths of meaning regarding our exit from this world as well as how we might live well within it for the time that we have. As such, it will be a vital resource for all scholars in Theology, the Visual Arts, Material Religion and Religious Studies.

On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art

Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? Answering this question and more, On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art explores the curious disconnection between spirituality and current art.

Author: James Elkins

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415969895

Category: Art

Page: 136

View: 250

For millennia, art has been religious - even in times and places when there was no word for 'art'. Then, in the Renaissance, it became possible for art to glorify the artist, making viewers think more of his skills than of the subjects he portrayed. The modern artist faces a more complex dilemma - one that no art historian has talked about until now. Can contemporary art say anything about spirituality? Is contemporary art is spiritual? What might it mean to say that the art you make expresses your spiritual belief?The Impossibility of Transcendence is about the curious disconnect between spir.