Art Criticism

What is art criticism?  Why do we need to know how to criticize art?  Isn't criticism a negative word? Is it important to be able to criticize our own art?  

In the video shown above, Gabriel Orozco provides a "Mirror Crit" for his students (and for us).  With little-to-no previous information about the artwork, he presents and discusses the work of his students as if each piece were his own.  

Questions for students: 
  1. What does this tell us about the importance of context?
  2. How would you feel if Gabriel discussed one of your artworks using the Mirror Crit?
  3. Do you understand your own work well enough to have it criticized?  
  4. What would you learn by having your work criticized?

#NipRockArt students will be using critical analysis to view and understand artworks throughout the remainder of the semester. 

Image provided by Ontario's Ministry of Education ~ Visual Arts Curriculum

Start looking at art with new eyes.  What do you see?  Do you appreciate the artwork, or is there something missing?  How can art analysis help you understand and value art in a new way?


Resource:  Google Art Project


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