Two Methods of Art Criticism
Stanley Horner's Method
Try to forget everything else and imagine that you are entering
surface of this work of art. Can you tell me about your trip when you return.
Try to describe what you were feeling at each stage of your journey through
work. From where did you enter the image? Can you tell me where you went and
where you stayed longer, and/or places that you stayed a way from? How
you move in that space? What kind of noises do you hear? Did you touch or
any part in the painting?
Situate yourself somewhere in the work. Imagine that you are one of the
or beings within the work. How would you feel? How do you out here
when you hear/ see the other you inside the work? Can two of you
If you were the artist, how would you change this work? What parts would
keep? Any? Some ? all?
Feldman's critical process
Describing, naming and listing what is there. What do you see? What are the
components in this paintings, name all the visual elements? What kind of
Lines? What and how the material has been manipulated?
Describing relationships between elements already listed in stage one.
for the following principles: contrast, similarities, size, movement, space,
and repetition. Is there a shape that is repeated? What space is created by the
arrangement, flat or deep, open or close, overlapping? How does your eye move?
Explain the underlying idea, concept, aim, purpose or mood. What does the
work means to you? What is the message?
Based on a point of view of what art is, could be a personal philosophy,
decide on the value and significance of the art works. Some criteria for
Literal: Imitationalism, realistic, representational
Formalism: Organization, composition, art elements, principles
Expressivism: emotional, content, message, ideas, mood, feelings
Instrumentalism: Art for function, religion, politics