Exhibition reviews, artist profiles and interviews (2006-2009)
- Art Review UK; Frieze; Art & Australia; Sydney Ideas Quarterly., 2006, Issue 5, pp. 200 - 200
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The genre of art and design criticism still revolves around the publication of carefully considered studies of individual practitioners and their work. Such writing inherits conventions and difficulties that are over a century old, including the difficulty of conveying the experience of things with words, the question of how far to separate the personal biography of a creator from their work, issues of reception and marketplace, and limits to the artist's own interpretation of their art. Competent examples require both broad cultural knowledge and an exaggerated sensitivity to the individual particularities of artworks. Art criticism practiced at a high level goes far beyond merely assigning praise or blame to art and exhibitions. The implications of such writing extend into (and often constitute) the history and philosophy of art. Over a five year period I wrote a score of articles focusing on individual artists for international publications such as Frieze and Art Review, as well as local journals including Art & Australia and Time Out, eight of which are included here. The texts include exhibition reviews, artist profiles and long format interviews (including Ai Weiwei and Olafur Eliasson). This writing acted as both part of and motivation for the research behind my doctoral thesis in marginal aesthetic categories (completed at the University of Sydney in 2009).
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