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Writing Workshop with David Balzer



December 9, 11:00am - 02:00pm

Voice in Contemporary Critical Writing
Registration deadline: December 8
$20 | $15 for Members


what good do your words do / if they can't understand you? – Erykah Badu

We are—thank goodness—exiting the era of monolithic, authoritative art-critical discourse that pretends to evaluate objectively, and speak for everyone. But if subjectivity and voice are to replace this, how does the art critic develop a unique style that also empathizes with and challenges various readerships? This is a workshop about the ongoing act of finding one's voice—while also broadening one's practice, and being understood.

Bring a short piece of writing to share, and a short example of writing or media that you feel has somehow influenced you.

David Balzer is a writer, editor and teacher who lives in Toronto. He has written about art and culture for The GuardianThe Globe and MailArtforumThe BelieverThe WalrusCamera Austria and Modern Painters, has contributed to monographic publications on artists such as Michaël Borremans and Margaux Williamson, and has lectured at universities, colleges and museums internationally. In 2015, Balzer was named recipient of the International Award for Art Criticism. Balzer 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. He is currently BICI Arts Writer in Residency at the Banff Centre, and Editor-in-Chief and Co-Publisher of Canadian Art.

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