VISA 1900 Chapter Notes - Chapter 2-3: Guerrilla Girls, Making Money

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Week 2: How to Write about Contemporary Art
Break conventions, innovate
Good art writers:
oWrite clearly, well structured
oImaginative text, spicy vocabulary
oOriginal ideas
oDescribe what art means, what it is, how it connects to the world
Bad art writers:
oJargoned
oUnimaginative, undeveloped ideas
oFail to communicate meaning
Art writers are now:
oImprovising nouns
oCreating fashionable terminology
oUsing too many prefixes
oThis all ends up confusing readers, while simple straightforward language does not
When writing about art early on:
oDoes not reflect on the art but only writes about it
oHas nothing to do with the art but only with the writer
oCannot trace for the reader how conclusions were reached
oIgnores that art experiences change meaning the more you think about them
Week 3: Guerrilla Girls
Guerrilla Girls are a feminist collective from 1980’s
oTheir goal was to fight sexism and racism within the art world in search of equality
History and Structure of Museums:
oOriginal purpose: to store access belongings of the wealthy
oIn America, still owned by wealthy ; in Europe, owned by government and run by
bureaucracies
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