Thursday, July 14, 2005

Talking (and writing) about Art

Found this great post on Todd Gibson's blog From the Floor - Five Simple Rules for Talking About Art. I think the rules can equally apply to writing about art. Gibson says
One of the best compliments I ever received on a gallery talk came from a visitor who approached me at the end of a presentation and said, "That was so interesting. It was just like reading a novel."

I now use that compliment as a touchstone for evaluating a talk before I start giving it. If it doesn't feel like a novel--with a theme, a plot line
based on discrete components linked together with transitions,interesting visual description, and rich contextual support--I know I need to do more work on it before I roll it out.

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