Choose one piece from five options: Alloway, Greenberg, Rosenberg, Schapiro, Steinberg
You will read one assigned text closely and carefully. You should introduce the text by providing the full citation and identifying the author (who are they?). You will then identify the authorâ€™s subject, leading questions, and central claims. In essence, you will outline their thematic concerns and summarize their critique. What is their overall point of view? Questions to consider: Does the critic have a big-picture issue or question that they are attempting to address or answer? Do they reference particular artists or artistic institutions? Who and how? Do they appear to be responding to a particular exhibition or gallery show? How often do they use the first person (I) or indicate a subjective (personal) response to the work of art? Do they close out their writing with a directive or proposal for the future of art? If so, how do they characterize the current (when the writing was published) state of the art world?
I am interested not only in the content of the text you are reading, but also in the way that the author formulates their argument. Think of this text as an active conversation. Critics present opinions and publish them for a public audience of readers â€“ this is different than a scholarly article that relies on evidence and has a small audience. Think about how the critic pushes their opinion or perspective through the organization of ideas and the language that they choose. Are you persuaded of the authorâ€™s ideas at the end or not? Are there elements they could have improved or points where they lost you?
You should end your assessment of the criticâ€™s text with a paragraph on how you think this critic would respond to the contemporary art world. What would their response be to the turn away from tradition painting and toward installation art, performance art, kinetic sculpture, and multi-channel video work?
You should not use first person (I) in this review. I also donâ€™t want to know if you personally liked the text. Your paper must be 2 pages double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12-point type. You should include a title for your review that indicates your assessment (for example, â€œBeing a Critical Criticâ€), your name, and page numbers.
Some tips: You will absolutely want to read the article more than once. Take notes, highlight or underline important elements and phrasing while you read. Pay attention to the first sentence of each paragraph, as they may indicate the paragraphâ€™s content. In addition, look for sentences that end with a questions mark or start with â€œIâ€. These often indicate â€œbig pictureâ€ questions and should be considered as primary or secondary lines of inquiry.
Your review must include at least three citations from the article. References or citations from the article should be followed by a parenthetical citation. For example: The author claims, â€œpainting is the next big thing.â€ (73) There should be no citations to outside material in this review. You must also include one image from an artist that the author references. Provide a caption for the image: Artist, title, date. Medium, dimensions, location.
List of critical texts: choose one to write in the following file.
Clement Greenberg, â€œAbstract Art,â€ The Nation 158 (April 15, 1944): 450-451. In Patricia Hills, Modern Art in the USA (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2001)., 146-150.
Harold Rosenberg, â€œThe American Action Painters,â€ Art News 51, no. 8 (Dec. 1952): 22-23, 48- 50. In Paul Fabozzi, Artist, Critics, Context (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2002), 23-32.
Meyer Schapiro, â€œThe Liberating Quality of Avant-Garde Art,â€ Art News 56, no. 4 (Summer 1957): 36-42. In Patricia Hills, Modern Art in the USA (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2001)., 157- 160.
Lawrence Alloway, â€œThe Arts and the Mass Media,â€ 1958, In Paul Fabozzi, Artist, Critics, Context (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2002), 115-119.
Leo Steinberg, â€œContemporary Art and the Plight of its Public,â€ Harperâ€™s 224, no. 1342 (March 1962): 31-39. In Patricia Hills, Modern Art in the USA (New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 2001)., 221- 225.