April 24, 2019, 10:30 AM – 2 PM
Many thanks to the writer, editor & curator Louisa Elderton for her lecture & workshop Artist and Writer: Who Needs Who(m)? within the framework of the international BAI Spring Academy about Art & Criticism and providing a comprehensive insight into the evolution and creation of her interdisciplinary practice and projects. The event was part of the Studio Program at BAI | Berlin Artist Residency, Art School & Arts Incubator.
“Art writing can take many different forms, from reviews and criticism to poetry and press releases. What is the history of the craft and where does its future lie? How has the art market co-opted art writing to reinforce value – and is all press good press when it comes to art? In the first part of her lecture Louisa Elderton will look at examples from the history of art writing, from Vasari to Diderot, through Clement Greenberg to Quinn Latimer and Maggie Smith to assess where we’ve come from, we are today and where art writing might be heading. We will look at how art writing styles have shifted, the role that the artist and the work play in criticism and where the writer sits in relation to the artist. The second part of the lecture will be dedicated to experimental writing exercises that will encourage participants to be free with their pens, to produce their own short pieces of art writing, both about their practice and the artworks of others.” (Text by courtesy of Louisa Elderton)
Louisa Elderton is a writer, editor and curator based in Berlin specialising in art, culture and travel. She is a Project Editor for Phaidon and holds a Master’s degree in curating from The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Her writing has appeared in Apollo, Artforum, Art in America, Art Monthly, Art Review, artnet News, Artsy, Berlin Art Link, The Burlington Magazine, Elephant Magazine, fineartmultiple, Flash Art, Frieze, Garage, The Gourmand, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden, Metropolis M, Modern Painters, Monopol, Mousse, Near East, SLEEK, thisistomorrow, Vogue China, Where About Now, and The White Review.
She has contributed writing to numerous Phaidon publications including Animal: Exploring the Zoological World (2018), Flying too Close to the Sun (2018), Universe (2017) and Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting (2016), and has written catalogue essays for artists including Norbert Schwontkowski, Francesco Clemente, Rachel Howard, Marius Bercea and Tim Noble & Sue Webster, and gallery texts for Alice Morey, Mary Ramsden and Adriano Costa, among others.
She was the Project Editor of the survey book Vitamin C: Clay + Ceramic in Contemporary Art(2017) and is currently working on the next book in Phaidon’s ‘Vitamin’ series Vitamin T: Threads & Textiles in Contemporary Art (Spring 2019), and The Art Book: Women Artists (Autumn, 2019).
More information on the Louisa Elderton Website.