Art Criticism and Editorial Curatorship


This course is dedicated to the production and reflection on art criticism and editorial
curation. It is intended to develop an approach that shares the theoretical and
practical perspective on the theme and to offer students a mastery of knowledge
about the process of discursive production and creation of publications, catalogs,
platforms, websites, in the area of contemporary arts. The program of this curricular
unit follows the historical and present path of art criticism and the fundamental role of
new forms of expanded curatorship, associated with the concerns that define our
present, information and the production of knowledge, mediation and circulation on
platforms that they promote new contexts of work in the artistic environment and new
forms of public access to culture.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sandra Cristina Piedade Vieira Jurgens


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Total - 280

Teaching language



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AGUIRRE, Peio. (2014). La Línea de producción de la crítica. Bilbao: Consonnni.
BIRNBAU, Daniel and GRAW, Isabelle. (2008). Canvases and Careers Today: Criticism and
Its Markets. Nova Iorque e Berlim: Sternberg Press.
ELKINS, James. (2003). What Happened to Art Criticism. Chicago: Prickly Paradigm
ELKINS, James and NEWMAN, Michael. (2008). The State of Art Criticism. Nova Iorque e
Londres: Routledge.
ELKINS, James (2014). Art Critiques: A Guide. 3ª edição revista e aumentada.
Washington: New Academia Publishing.
FRANGNE, Pierre-Henry and POINSOT Jean-Marc. (2002). L’ Invention de la Critique
d’Art. Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes.
WILLIAMS, Gilda. (2014). How to Write About Contemporary Art. Nova Iorque: Thames
and Hudson.

Teaching method

Theoretical and theoretical-practical classes with debates on topics covered. In order
to enhance the experience and work networks with professionals of recognized merit
in this area, lectures will be held with agents from the artistic environment and visits to
cultural spaces.

Evaluation method

Método de Avaliação - Preparation of a final report / project(60%), and qualitative assessment of class participation(40%)

Subject matter

1.1. Theory and practices of art criticism
1.2. Contexts and conditions for critical practice
1.3. Practical exercise in the area of art criticism: production of a critical text about an
exhibition that will be discussed in a group session.
2.1. Expanded curating
2.2. The editing practice
2.3. Analysis of objects / editorial spaces
2.4. Design and production processes
2.5. Practical exercise in the area of editorial curation: conception of an editorial
Working closely with the faculty, students collaborate to produce a collective project
of editorial curatorship related to the final exhibition of the Postgraduate Course in Art
Curatorship, assuming all stages of editorial production: essay writing, editing,
production and circulation public.


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