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How Do I Know It's Good? | Writing Workshop with David Balzer

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There is still good and bad writing about art. But the prescribed form of the review, and the idea of the practicing critic as someone who tells readers what is formally good and bad in art is, thankfully, slipping away. So how exactly do you write well about art in 2019? This is a workshop about the many ways to do that—analysis, observation, testimony, dialogue, discourse, more. We will talk about curiosity, skepticism, uncertainty, power, readership, attitude, subject positions—and how to pitch to publications. Bring a piece of writing you are currently working on to discuss and edit with the group.

David Balzer is a writer, teacher and editor based in tkaronto/Toronto. He is the author of two books, Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else, winner of ICA London's Book of the Year, and the short-fiction collection Contrivances. In 2015, he won the International Award for Art Criticism. He has written about art and culture for the Globe and Mail, the Guardian, Frieze, Artforum, The Believer and others, and was editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Canadian Art from 2016 to 2019.