To discuss key aspects of art works to form a critical view of art and how it is
interpreted; to communicate what is significant about an art work, the viewers’
experience of it, and the critic’s opinion about it; and to appreciate more why art and
visual culture is important within all cultures and societies.
This exhibition review should focus on the gallery visit. You may discuss any of the criteria presented in class. Remember this is not a piece of descriptive writing but a critical analysis of the exhibition.
POINTS TO CONSIDER AND NOTE IN THE GALLERY:
Artist’s name, title and date of works and any other information available
in the gallery that might be significant
Why did you choose these particular works?
How do they make you feel?
What do they make you think about?
Why do you think you respond to them in the way you do?
Do they remind you of anything?
When and where did the artist make them?
What materials did he/she use?
Why do you think the artist made them?
How do these works of art compare with other works in the exhibition?
Why do you think these works of art are still important?
Where do you think the ideal place would be to display them (real or
POINTS TO CONSIDER IN THE VISUAL ANALYSIS:
When the paintings were made and what stage in the artist’s career they
The subject of the work, i.e. what is represented – e.g. figure, nude, still
life, landscape, portrait of a particular person, etc.
Location – i.e. which country/region is depicted or where the artist was
living at the time.
Materials/Media – i.e. oil painting, paper cut-outs, collage, bronze
How are the works similar? For example, the subject matter, the palette,
the style, the aims of the artist.
How are the works different? (as above)
Mood of the work; atmosphere; energy; contrasts or echoes of
Does it remind you of any other type of art? E.g. decorative arts, music,
Please think about the construction and presentation of your essay. Try to
write fluidly, making sure that paragraphs connect, and the essays flows
coherently. Do not use bullet points.
Don’t be afraid to use your imagination
Try to use your own visual analysis as well as learning more about the
artist through your own general research/reading.
Make sure you give some information about the artist/artists, but keep
biographical information relevant to the essay in general and the works in
particular – ie. biographical information about where the artist was living
at the time, or what stage in the artist’s career the works represent.
Include images at the end of the essay, with titles and dates.
Normally, photography is not allowed in the gallery, so you will not be
able to rely on taking a photo of the work and thinking about it later. Part
of the assessment will be based on how well you focus on the art in the
gallery and how this is conveyed in the essay. A large selection of the Art
Brut collection can be found online at www.artbrut.ch/en/21004/auteurs;
you may use the imagery from here but you must also reference it and
place it an appendix to your essay.
Remember to reference properly using APA, if you use reading material.
The art works that should be mentioned in report will be attached
To discuss key aspects of art works to form a critical view of art and how it is interpreted; to communicate what is significant about an art work, the viewers’ experience of it