September 25 – 27, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm

Many thanks to the curator, editor and writer Louisa Elderton for her seminar “CRITICALLY CREATIVE: WRITING ART” and discussing the short-form writings of our participants.

“What is ‘art writing’ — writing about art; artful writing? How might we categorise it? What might it comprise? And why does it even matter?

This seminar seeks to explore these questions, looking at what art writing is or could be — both its creative and critical aspects. We’ll look at examples of writing by Maggie Nelson, Ali Smith and Olivia Laing, among others, and think about how art writing mediates objects as a means of reflecting not only on the art itself, but also upon the world at large and, often, the self. We’ll also do our own writing, individually and as a class, building up a body of work through shared exercises.” (Text by courtesy of Louisa Elderton)

Louisa Elderton is a contemporary art curator, writer and editor. She received a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Art History and English from The University of Sussex (2006) and a Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in Curating the Art Museum (2010), presenting an exhibition about Christian iconography in historical and contemporary art. From 2009–11 she worked for public institutions including Tate and The Whitechapel Gallery and was Writer in Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts. From 2012–15 she curated exhibitions for museums and commercial galleries by artists including Lawrence Weiner, Francesco Clemente, Douglas Gordon, Yinka Shonibare MBE, Nasan Tur and Rachel Howard, and relocated from London to Berlin in September 2015 to curate Time Capsules. By the side of the road. Wim Wenders’ recent photographs for Blain|Southern Berlin, in collaboration with Wenders Images.

She is a regular contributor to magazines including Artforum, Art Review, Frieze, Flash Art, Art Monthly, Elephant Magazine, Apollo, Modern Painters, artnet News, Metropolis M, Monopol, The Burlington Magazine, Vogue China, Harper’s Bazaar, Berlin Art Link, Artsy, House & Garden and The White Review. As an author, she has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues and features in Phaidon’s books Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting (2016) and Universe(upcoming, 2017). As an Editor, she has produced monographs on Rachel Howard, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Francesco Clemente and Jonas Burgert. She is Project Editor of Phaidon’s book Vitamin C: Clay & Ceramics in Contemporary Art (2017), and is currently producing Vitamin T: Threads & Textiles in Contemporary Art (due for publication in 2019).

More information on the LOUISA ELDERTON Website.