Arttalk Review for Chapter 2

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					      Arttalk
Review for Chapter 2 
Art Criticism and Aesthetic
          Judgment
Lesson 1: Art Criticism: Learning from
           a Work of Art

• Art critics use different criteria, or standards
  of judgment, to assess works of art. 
• The process of interpretation will improve 
  your aesthetic experience, or your personal
  interaction with a work of art. 
• Aesthetics is the philosophy or study of the
  nature and value of art.
Art criticism is an organized approach for
studying a work of art. It is made up of four 
steps that must be taken in order. 
              (1) Description: 
• Ask yourself, what do I see? Make a list of all
  the things you see in the work, including the 
  work’s subject and the elements of art that 
  are used. Include information from the credit 
  line about the size of the work and its medium
• This is the most objective step in critiquing a 
  work of art.
• Art Historians look for information about the 
  art, not in the art.
                (2) Analysis: 
• Ask, how is the work organized? Look at how
  the principles of art are used to organize the
  art elements of line, space, color, form, and
  texture
• Art Historians consider the artist’s individual 
  style.
           (3) Interpretation: 
Ask, what is the artist trying to communicate? 
Try to explain the meaning or mood of the work, 
based on your clues from the first two steps. 
You can make guesses about the artwork as long 
as they are supported by what you see in the 
work. 
Requires Research
               (4) Judgment: 
• Now ask, is this a successful work of art? You 
  determine the degree of artistic merit. You can 
  decide whether you like or dislike the work and 
  whether the work is successful aesthetically.
•  So when you are considering how well an object 
  works you you would being using your judgment. 
• Also requires research
• You use personal and aesthetic levels of 
  Judgments.
                 Key Terms
• When looking at literal qualities, they judge 
  the realistic qualities that appear in the
  subject of the work. 
• When looking at formal qualities, they study 
  how well a work is organized. 
• To judge expressive qualities, critics consider 
  those qualities that convey ideas and moods. 
                  Key Terms
• The theories that rate these different qualities 
  most highly are called Imitationalism, Formalism, 
  and Emotionalism. 
• Imitationalism focuses on realistic
  representation; 
• Formalism places emphasis on the design
  qualities; and 
• Emotionalism requires that a work arouse a
  response of feelings, moods, or emotions in the
  viewer.
    When criticizing functional objects, 
    when should you consider how well 
           the object works?
•   during the judgment step
•   during the interpretive step
•   during the descriptive step
•   during the analysis step
 
 
 

				
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