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Writing Workshop: David Balzer

November 9, 02:00pm - 04:00pm

$20 | $15 with SAAG Pass

Bring a piece of writing you are currently working on to discuss and edit with the group. 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 nowadays?

This workshop will discuss techniques like analysis, observation, testimony, dialogue and discourse. You will explore curiosity, skepticism, uncertainty, power, readership, attitude, subject positions—and how to pitch to publications.

David Balzer is an author, editor and educator based in Tkaronto/Toronto. He has written about art and culture for numerous publications, including Frieze, The Guardian, the Globe and Mail, Artforum, The Believer and Camera Austria. In 2015, he was named recipient of the International Award for Art Criticism. He is the author of two books: a short-fiction collection called Contrivances (2012) and Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else (2014/15), winner of London ICA Bookshop’s Book of the Year. From 2016 to 2019 he was Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Canadian Art.

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