Writing for Artists Workshop with Robert Atkins

Critic and curator, Robert Atkins

Writing for Artists: Think! Express! Communicate!

Are you…

Frustrated about your ability to describe & discuss your work?

Dissatisfied with your artist’s statement or CV?

Wonder about the nature & value of art criticism?

Unhappy with the way art dealers have talked about your work to potential collectors? Or writers/critics have written about your work?

Self conscious about initiating contact with curators, critics or dealers?

Of course visual artists are better at expressing themselves in images than words. But the ability to think clearly and critically about one’s work and to express those thoughts in words may be vital to an artist’s success. This workshop, conducted by critic and curator Robert Atkins, is designed to help artists do precisely that. Over the course of 10 days—spanning 3 evening and 2 Saturday afternoon sessions between August 3 – 13 —students will work closely with Atkins to revise their CVs and artist’s statements, as well as critique artwork by themselves and each other. In addition, Atkins—a veteran art world insider—will discuss the nature and value of contemporary criticism and blogging, professional etiquette for approaching curators, critics and dealers, and ways to promote oneself while maintaining self respect. Bring your current CV and artist’s statement, as well as an example of newspaper or magazine criticism you are prepared to discuss, to the first class.

Robert Atkins is a California-based art historian, educator and writer. A former staff columnist for the Village Voice, he has written for more than 100 publications, authored 5 books, organized more than two dozen exhibitions, and taught and lectured at numerous universities, art schools and museums around the world. He is the author of the best-selling ArtSpeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements and Buzzwords; his most recent projects include the anthology Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression (published by the New Press in 2006) and ArtSpeak China (2010) www.artspeakchina.org, the first collaboratively authored, online, bilingual encyclopedia (wiki) about contemporary Chinese art. (More information about him is available at www.robertatkins.net)

The dates:

Wed 8/3 6-8pm
Sat 8/6 1-4pm
Mon 8/8 6-8pm
Wed 8/10 6-8pm
Sat 8/13 1-4pm

Fee for the five session workshop: $200 (sliding scale fees available)

For additional information or to register:

info@sfai.org or 505.424.5050

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