Chapter 9

Re-thinking Critique: Questioning the Standards, Re-thinking the Format, Engaging Meanings Constructed in Context

By Mariah Doren

ABSTRACT: This chapter follows the narrative of how an emphasis on originality in college art teaching is an impediment to a more open dialogue about meaning in artwork. It will examine how the idea of originality is presented to students and how meaning construction and objective assessment work at cross-purposes in traditional critiques. For art practices to function as a process of discovery, unfolding meanings and building value, we need to disengage its practices from linear expectations of originality and ideals of progress that are long standing traditions of assessment in art schools.

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