Art Criticism

The description, analysis, evaluation, interpretation, and judgmentof works of art. It is a common assumption that criticism is necessarily negative, when actually it can vary in degrees of positive as well as negative remarks. Critical methods vary considerably in their approaches to considering the forms, contents, and contextsof works of art. There are several stages to critical analysis;


Initial reaction (involving initial identification) to a work


Evaluation (judgment); assessing the meaning and artistic merit in a work


Description (involving further identification); identifying subject matter and or elements of art in a work


Analysis; identifying how art principles have been used to arrange the various elements of in a work


Interpretation (identifying meaning); the artist's expression/communication of feelings, moods, and ideas in a work





RELATED SECTIONS:

Art Theory

Use of Materials

Evaluation Process

RELATED GLOSSARY WORDS:

Evaluation

Archeology

Art Advisor

Judgement

Art Criticism

Art Appreciation