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Writing the Exhibition Review

Writing the Exhibition Review

"Writing the Exhibition Review is a course that peels away the layers of the piece of writing we commonly refer to as a ‘review.’ Although liberally used, it is a slippery term, indexing varying reader expectations, presenting a cascade of challenges for writers. How critical should it be? How informative? What value does the artist or curator profile add? Is there any room for institutional critique?

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November 30: The course begins with a ‘review of reviews.’ We will analyze a broad selection of reviews from regional and international publications, examining recurring structures, interrogating language, and trying to pinpoint originality or disruption.

December 4: In Session Two, participants will share their own reviews of two W421 shows, curated by Murtaza Vali and Banat Collective, followed by a group critique.

December 8 (virtual): Final drafts will be distributed prior to Session Three, during which a guest editor/publisher will provide a final layer of feedback, while participants individually formulate pitches for new stories/reviews. The guest will help orient participants towards successfully pitching their work to publications.

Participant Outcomes:

- Increased fluency in reading and decoding critical texts

- Confidence to critique and be critiqued

- Heightened sensitivity to writing strategies and use of ‘artworld’ language

- Enhanced story pitching skills

- Understanding of publications’ positioning and ideologies


Requirements: Some familiarity with art world writing practices; pre-reads (reviews) prior to Session One; Writing fluency in English.

Age: 18 and above

Language: English

Kevin Jones is an independent arts writer based in Dubai. New York-born and Paris-bred, he has lived in the Middle East for the past 13 years and is currently the UAE Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific. He has contributed to The Art Newspaper, Artforum.com, ArtReviewAsia and FlashArt International. Regionally, his writing has been published in Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Bidoun, Canvas, Brownbook and The National. He holds a BA with a double major English Literature/Journalism from Northwestern University. His MA is in Linguistics/Semiotics from La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). Devoted to fostering a critical voice on contemporary art in the Gulf region, Kevin designed and has taught the 12-week Critical Dialogues programme at Dubai-based non-profit art school Tashkeel since 2016, and is a tutor with Art Jameel as part of its Hayy Learning initiative in Jeddah, KSA. Formerly a brand strategist with international branding and communications agencies, Kevin is also the creator of the niche consultancy Juniper Mind, which mingles critical and creative thinking from the art world with strategic storytelling from brand culture. The mantra: help brands be more like artists, and artists more like brands."


Date : Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Tickets : FREE
Event Location : Warehouse421
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