How to Write About Contemporary Art

October 4, 2019 - Comment

How to Write About Contemporary Art is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time. Invaluable for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers, the book first navigates readers through the key elements of style and content, from the aims and structure of a piece to its tone and language. Brimming

How to Write About Contemporary Art is the definitive guide to writing engagingly about the art of our time. Invaluable for students, arts professionals and other aspiring writers, the book first navigates readers through the key elements of style and content, from the aims and structure of a piece to its tone and language. Brimming with practical tips that range across the complete spectrum of art-writing, the second part of the book is organized around its specific forms, including academic essays; press releases and news articles; texts for auction and exhibition catalogues, gallery guides and wall labels; op-ed journalism and exhibition reviews; and writing for websites and blogs., In counselling the reader against common pitfalls such as jargon and poor structure, Gilda Williams points instead to the power of close looking and research, showing how to deploy language effectively; how to develop new ideas; and how to construct compelling texts. More than 30 illustrations throughout support closely analysed case studies of the best writing, in Source Texts by 64 authors, including Claire Bishop, Thomas Crow, T.J. Demos, Okwui Enwezor, Dave Hickey, John Kelsey, Chris Kraus, Rosalind Krauss, Stuart Morgan, Hito Steyerl, and Adam Szymczyk., Supplemented by a general bibliography, advice on the use and misuse of grammar, and tips on how to construct your own contemporary art library, How to Write About Contemporary Art is the essential handbook for all those interested in communicating about the art of today.

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Anonymous says:

This is a good read when you want to improve your writing This is a good read when you want to improve your writing, especially for beginners. The book contains good variety of concrete do’s and don’ts. It has a lot of examples of good and bad art writing. Chapter on artist statements was a bit short and this book is not the best if you are looking for help when writing applications, cover letters for universities master programs or grant applications. It is more generally to people who write to publications etc. Maybe local newspapers or web…

Anonymous says:

Really top notch I’ve read this book from cover to cover. I’m not a writer nor do I have any intention of becoming one. I am an artist who needs to write on my blog and website in order to be a ‘findable’ needle in the huge haystack that is the internet.I was expecting something highfaluting and full of philosophical and obscure knowledge I had no intention of acquiring. How wrong could I be! Gilda is a master of her craft. Easy and entertaining to digest, I ended-up both in awe and filled with the…

Anonymous says:

Witty, relevant and very helpful Excellent. I have used this book with my BA students who were unfamiliar with looking at, let alone writing about, contemporary art and exhibitions. As a result of the clear, detailed and concrete advice that Williams provides their writing improved by leaps and bounds. The book is written with spirit, wit and intelligence. My only gripe is the strange ubiquity of hyphens, for which I hold the copyeditor guilty.

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