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Nov 10, Sofia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I ordered this book a few months ago, when I decided I wanted to focus my studies on the theoretical side of art.
In order to start practicing my writing more seriously, and having never had any formal training, I wanted a book that could guide me in the right direction, not too advanced nor too basic, and which could be a good reference in my future academic research.
After looking around for a bit, I settled for this one, which appeared to have the most interesting contents and bes Background: After looking around for a bit, I settled for this one, which appeared to have the most interesting contents and best reviews.
Art criticism can be a daunting subject. Many times I've gone to an exhibition or read an art book and felt bewildered by the seeming impenetrability of the language used by the critics and art historians. On the other end of the spectrum, I have come across texts that not only deepened my understanding of the artworks, but also made me appreciate things I would normally never cast a second glance at.
Written in a concise and clear language, this book is clearly aimed at art students, and is great for those, like me, who have some kind of background in art but who are just starting to write. The initial part of the book, which includes sections such as "Why Write about Art?
The Effect of the Museum and the Picture Book", focuses on teaching the students to look at art and to organize their thoughts, ideas and opinions, and the best way of expressing them. The author makes a point of explaining that, if your audience doesn't understand or misunderstands what you wrote, most likely the problem is in your writing.
The guidelines presented are adapted to various situations, for example, exhibition catalogs, reviews and essays. The book covers everything from giving your own opinions and having a personal style, to the specifics of looking at the different art mediums. Towards the end, the author focuses more on the technical side of writing, including formats, language and research.
It is, in short, a reference book and a how-to book combined into one. The points and guidelines presented can be applied to any kind of writing, not just art criticism. The only complaint I have is that towards the end, the explanations about grammar, form and bibliography explanations got very heavy and the book ends on that note, which is a shame because the rest is so clear and easy to read.
Because of the density of information it took me longer than usual to read this book - two months as opposed to, say, a week granted, those two months included a trip to Paris and another to Cuba, in which I did no reading, but still.
Nevertheless, I recommend this to every art student, and to everyone who wants to learn about looking at and writing about art. I'm really happy I bought this book. It was exactly what I needed to initiate my path towards being a better writer.
I plan on checking out some of the books and resources mentioned throughout this one.In , Sylvan sent off the first edition of A Short Guide to Writing About Art. In the last months before he died, he completed work on the 11th edition. In the last months before he died, he completed work on the 11th edition.
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Sylvan Barnet, is a former Fletcher Professor of English Emeritus and director of writing at Tufts University. Barnet is the author of numerous books and articles on Shakespeare.
He was the general editor of the Signet Classics Shakespeare, the author of A Short Guide for Writing about Art, and has written many textbooks about literature and. For art courses where there is a writing component.
This best-selling text has guided tens of thousands of art students through the writing process. Students are shown how to analyze pictures (drawings, paintings, photographs), sculptures and architecture, and are prepared with the tools they need to present their ideas through effective writing.