L: Writing Art Reviews
Arts journalism might be the most significant and vibrant form of arts criticism that we practice. Reviewers and polemicists are often at the vanguard of artistic movements, championing individual artists and challenging the status quo over what is considered great or worthless. For a large part of the general public, the review is the first and most significant point of contact with any artist or artistic field. Some of the most important moments in arts criticism have been when artists write about other artists. Sometimes, they write about their own field, but other times poets have written about painting, painters about films, architects about fashion, designers about music, sculptures about novels and so on. In this class, you will learn to master the four basic forms of arts journalism: the short and long review, the artist profile, the interview and the manifesto. You'll model your writing after other writers and see how easy it is to churn out one-to-three page reviews and articles on work that you love or hate. We will then publish what you write in an online review, the CCA Art Review. The goal of the class is to give you the opportunity to speak your mind in public and to get your writing and thinking out of the classroom and in front of a general readership. In addition to your writing, we will learn how to get free tickets, use press packages as background research, and edit other writers for publication. No expertise is needed except a desire to engage with the culture around us.