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Art Criticism: Past, Present and Future
Tue, 25 Oct 2016, 18:30 – Tue, 29 Nov 2016, 20:30 BST
Due to high demand, Cubitt Curatorial Fellow and critic Morgan Quaintance is leading a repeat of his course on art criticism. Devised to give participants practical information and an understanding of the discipline’s history and current possibilities, emphasis will be placed on exploring criticism’s social and political contexts, and the use, development and different approaches to style, rhetoric and perspective. The course has been enhanced to include two additional sessions, one of which will be a seminar giving participants further opportunity for discussion and debate.
Please find more information on the full programme below or visit: http://cubittartists.org.uk/public-programme
Session 1: The first two hundred years, 25 October
We’ll survey the activity of art critics across the 18th and 19th centuries, tracking their evolution from salon commentators and neoclassical enthusiasts, to supporters of individual expression, Romanticism and the sublime.
Session 2: Criticism in the twentieth century, 1 November
With formalism at one end and postmodernism at the other, the 21st century saw the USA enter the fray, magazines proliferate, and the explosion of different perspectives through critical theory, postcolonial thinking, feminism, queer theory and more. We’ll look at how all of this informed, deepened, politicised and democratized criticism. Or did it?
Session 3: Style, rhetoric and perspective, 8 November
Continuing from where critical theory and postmodernism left off, we’ll consider different approaches to style, looking at how specific writers choose to present their arguments, and, perhaps by extension, themselves. Through analysis of different modes of address, tone and rhetorical form, particular attention will be paid to criticality (is it performed or actually enacted?), political engagement (is it important?) and personal risk (should a critic embrace it?)
Session 4:The 21st Century: Crisis? What crisis? – Part 1, 15 November
Although many column inches have been devoted to the ‘crisis of criticism’ there is, at present, more criticism then ever before in both the art world and the wider cultural scene. In this final session we’ll look at criticism today in print. How has its proliferation effected the production of contemporary art? Is it a pluralistic field in which a multitude of critical positions are convincingly articulated? Is ‘real’ criticism happening anymore, or is it all just description?
Session 5: The 21st Century: Crisis? What crisis? – Part 2, 22 November
We’ll continue our investigation of criticism in the 21st century, with a specific focus on criticism on the internet.
Session 6: Seminar: Group Discussion, 29 November
In this final session we’ll engage in a focused and directed group discussion.
Tickets available include limited student concession and unwaged fee (proof of entitlement required). Cubitt Gallery is a registered charity and non-profit organisation; all proceeds are reinvested in our programmes.