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The Art Critic: How To Write About Art



Diane Heilenman, art critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal, discusses the purpose of writing about an exhibit: to convey a sense of importance. She outlines her methods of looking at and writing about art exhibits and individual works of art while visiting an exhibit at the Louisville Visual Art Association. She stresses the importance of not only describing an exhibit or a specific work, but also finding something within it that is compelling enough to write about, even if you have to leave out the most beautiful piece on display.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use as preparation for a field trip to an art exhibit.
  • Show to help generate ideas for writing a review of an artwork or exhibit.
  • Show to spark a “What is art?” debate.


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