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Goldring Art Journalism Program: Guide to Art & Art Criticism Resources: Getting Started

This guide supports the department of Art and Music Histories as well as providing library information on related programs.

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Newhouse Goldring Arts Journalism Program

We invite you to spend the next year making your dream come true by honing your writing, multi-media, and journalism skills, and deepening your knowledge of the arts. In this time of the digital revolution, journalists need advanced skills in digital technology, writing and multi-media story-telling abilities, professional experience, and specialized knowledge in culture—all this is part of the Goldring experience.

What is a database?

Art Criticism

Art Criticism- the analysis and evaluation of works of art. More subtly, art criticism is often tied to theory; it is interpretive, involving the effort to understand a particular work of art from a theoretical perspective and to establish its significance in the history of art. Britannica

  • Art Journalist/Critics are not born they become. It is a profession and an art form which is constantly changing and evolving with the culture we create and inhabit.
  • It is not enough to have an opinion when working as an art critic. One must have good knowledge and a passion for the area one is writing about, as well as a fluid (and entertaining) writing style.
  • Always make sure you have the correct facts (there will inevitably be an expert in the area reading your review).
  • Know your audience.
  • Read a plethora of critics’ reviews in current journals (found on our databases or e-journals), newspapers, magazines and books in hard copy also.

Writing About Art

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

Understanding Art Objects -N7477.U53 2009

Art and the Human Adventure - N7483.M27.A45 2009

Writing Art History, Disciplinary Departures - N7480.I84 2010


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