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The Fine Art of Writing About Art: Through the Eyes of Famous Authors

How can the written word facilitate meaningful dialogue with great works of art? What does it mean to write about art in the age of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, when a constant flow of pixilated images hijacks our attention span and instant messaging weakens our capacity for deeper critical reflection and analysis? How can we articulate new ways of seeing art on our own terms? We will pursue answers to these questions by exploring the fertile, centuries-old creative intersection of writing and the visual arts. We will study artists through the critical lens of notable authors, including Marcel Proust on Johannes Vermeer, Gertrude Stein on Pablo Picasso, Antonin Artaud on Vincent van Gogh, and Jean Genet on Alberto Giacometti. We will read and discuss miscellaneous writings about art by famous poets such as Charles Baudelaire, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Frank O’Hara, as well as influential essayists such as Susan Sontag, John Berger, Jeanette Winterson, and Teju Cole. We will investigate different approaches to writing about art, visit art exhibits, and analyze reviews thereof by renowned New York City art critics, including Peter Schjeldahl, Roberta Smith, and Jed Perl.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how the written word impacts our relationship with great works of art
  • Familiarity with famous authors’ views on art through their written works
  • The ability to articulate the impact of the Internet and social media on art criticism

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Practicing and aspiring arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.


    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2019
    • Date

      Jun 3 - Jul 22
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Location

      Midtown Center
    Tuition $475