The Taos Fall Arts Festival presents a number of ways to learn more about art and artists this year. This new program is titled "Art & Words: Critical Thinking and Writing …
The Taos Fall Arts Festival presents a number of ways to learn more about art and artists this year. This new program is titled "Art & Words: Critical Thinking and Writing About Art."
It is a multivenue symposium planned Friday and Saturday (Sept. 27-28). The program is a collaboration between Taos Fall Arts Festival, The magazine, the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos News and SOMOS, the literary arts organization of Taos.
• Keynote talk "My Life in Art Criticism," by speaker Peter Plagens is Friday (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m., at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street. According to symposium press, Plagens is an American artist and art critic based in New York City. He is the former art critic for Newsweek and writes regularly for The Wall Street Journal. He's also a dedicated painter, known for large abstractions which have been regularly shown over a five-decade career. Plagens has written three books about art: "The True Artist," a monograph about Bruce Nauman (2014); "Moonlight Blues: An Artist's Art Criticism" (1986); and "Sunshine Muse: Modern Art on the West Coast 1945-70." He is also the author of two novels, "The Art Critic" (2008) and "Time for Robo" (1999).
Two panels and a youth writing workshop are offered Saturday (Sept. 28):
• At 10 a.m., there will be a panel discussion titled "Artists Writing About Art" at SOMOS Salon & Bookshop, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. Panelists include The Magazine publisher Lauren Tresp, Taos News Tempo editor Rick Romancito, arts administrator Jordan Eddy and art-tour guide Elaine Ritchie. The panel moderator is Janet Webb, a local graphic design executive.
• At 2 p.m. at the Harwood Museum of Art there will be a panel discussion titled "The Evolution of Art Criticism." Panelists include Peter Plagens, New York artist Laurie Fendrich, art writer and critic Lucy Lippard and art writer Garth Clark, with moderator Ann Landi of Vasari 21.com. In the press release, Landi says, "I'm looking forward to a lively discussion on the state of contemporary art criticism: Are art critics necessary? How has criticism evolved in the past few decades? How does it impact artists and the market?"
• A 1 p.m. at SOMOS, a youth writing workshop will be conducted with teacher and mentor Krystal Cretercos. Students will complete written observations after visiting the Agnes Martin Gallery at the Harwood Museum of Art.
The two-day symposium has been curated by Paul Figueroa and Ann Landi and is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended as seating for all events is limited. Refer to taosfallarts.com to reserve space.
This program of the Taos Fall Arts Festival is made possible through funding from the Martin Foundation for the Creative Arts, New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico, the National Educational Organizaiton, Taos County Lodgers Tax Fund Grant and the Taos Community Foundation.
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