Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My life as an art critic - and other stories

As a contributing writer for WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art since 2009, it's gratifying to find my knowledge of art history and contemporary art has grown exponentially. Each time I see a new exhibit or encounter the work of a new artist, my frame of reference expands. Every grain of knowledge is like a new found puzzle piece. It fits in, a magical explanation that gives me new insight on  where it came from and what came after.

I'm now writing art criticism for two publications. In addition to my ongoing work for WhiteHot Magazine, which has a contemporary fine art angle, I recently started writing for Cartwheel Art. This new Los Angeles based online publication has a specific niche focus on emerging artists, surrealism, outsider and street art. It's a little edgy and a perfect compliment to my continued writing for WhiteHot.

Does all this art criticism drag me away from my own painting and fiction writing?

It is a major time commitment, but it's something I'm passionate about. The challenge will be to make my own creative pursuits a priority. I'm working on that!

BTW - I attended art school before going pursuing journalism studies at university. Of course, that gave me the foundation to paint as well as write about art. I'm always seeking new ways to build on that foundation. I just picked up a charming and clever little book at the Getty Center Museum store, after viewing, Florence: The Dawn of the Renaissance - a lovely exhibit which ends February 10th.  I'm adding it to my tower of inspirational art reference books: 101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White.

I hope you'll visit both magazines and comment there as well!

2 comments:

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Jeepers, Megan! You're so talented. Back in the old days, I used to be a member of MOCA. Is MOCA still in the dump?
Sincerely,
Instant Installation

Barbara Watson said...

As long as you love what you're doing and it helps you see art in new ways, of course it's a great thing! What great endeavors.