Wed 28 November
I am for an art criticism that…
A symposium on the use and influence of arts writing today.
A writer’s toughest critic is her or himself. Even though this adage is often repeated, an understanding of its character is usually reduced to a sequence of private conjectures in the individual writer: have I covered all the details accurately; why this word, or form, and not another; have I made an argument, and if not, why not, and most fundamentally, why am I writing this at all? In order to give a public voice to these questions and to question how value systems and related criteria must be constructed and communicated in order to answer them, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam) and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam co-host the symposium I AM FOR AN ART CRITICISM THAT…
On two successive afternoons and evenings—one at each site respectively—an international roster of art writers are brought together – with a focus on the Dutch context and how it translates to an international one. The symposium is organized on the occasion of the 2012 Prijs voor de Jonge Kunstkritiek (Young Art Critic’s Prize), an initiative of de Appel Arts Centre, the Mondriaan Fund and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. The prize is meant to stimulate young art critics and increase the media attention for art criticism and journalism of high qualitative standards.
In 2012, the biannual prize is awarded for the third time. The year’s winners are announced during a ceremony at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam on Thursday 29 November 2012, from 19:30 to 21:00, following the second day of the symposium taking place from 16:00 to 19:00.