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Museum Studies Resource Guide: Writing

Writing About Art

Art is the Signature of Civilization - Beverly Sills


What is art? Guides to writing about art.

Always keep in mind who your audience is.


  • A Short Guide to Writing About Art - N7476 B37 2008
  • About Modern Art- N6490 S895 2001    
  • Anxious Object-N6490 R59 1973    
  • Art Criticism and Education-N7476 W63 1997   
  • Beyond Piety, Essays On the Visual Arts- N7445.2 G45 1995   
  • Clement Greenberg- N7483 G73 K87    
  • Criticizing Art- N7476 B38 1994    
  • Nothing If Not Critical –N7445.2 H83 1998    
  • Provocations- N7475 C67 1996 
  • The Critic Sees - N7475 G5 1993





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