C Mag


The Critic & The Artist's Book

1 - 5 pm

Event Details


17 Jun 2016


Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St Toronto M6J 2W5

The Critic & The Artist’s Book

With Amish Morrell and Alison Cooley

Location: Studio 106

Free. Space limited. To register, email: torontoartbookfair@gmail.com

Art Writing for Emerging Arts Professionals | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

C Magazine Editor Amish Morrell will provide an overview of the social and institutional ecology of art writing in Canada for artists and writers who are at the beginning of their careers. We will consider the function of art writing in relation to galleries, granting bodies gallery-going publics, and as a means of advancing critical thought around contemporary art practice. We’ll also look at different formats and platforms for art writing, including gallery texts, exhibition catalogs, magazines and experimental artist-made publications, addressing how these forms of publication work and how one can best engage them as a writer.

h5.Live Art Criticism Workshop | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Independent critic Alison Cooley will lead this workshop on live and experimental forms of art criticism. We’ll focus on the activity of writing about art by looking, thinking and talking about artworks and publication projects at the Toronto Art Book Fair. As a group, we’ll tour the Fair, collecting observations and ideas. We’ll then produce responses and talk through our writing and findings together, exploring the possibilities live and embodied response holds for addressing the emotional and conceptual dimensions of practices at the fair.

Amish Morrell is the Editor of C Magazine and teaches in the Criticism & Curatorial Practice program at OCAD University. In 2014 he co-curated Doing Your Own Thing: Back-to-the-Land in Eastern Canada During the 1970s at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown PEI, and created the The Sauna Symposium, where artists and experienced sauna practitioners led sessions in a traditional Norwegian log sauna at Hart House Farm, north of Toronto.

In 2012, with Mammalian Diving Reflex, he developed Nightwalks with Teenagers, a series of nightwalks led by youth from Parkdale and Inverness, Nova Scotia. He has written for publications including Art Papers, Ciel Variable, Fuse Magazine, History of Photography, Prefix Photo and C Magazine. He most recently organized Running with Art Critics, in partnership with the Jane’s Walks Festival.

Alison Cooley is a Toronto-based critic, curator and educator whose research deals with the intersection of natural history and visual culture, socially engaged artistic practice and experiential and interpretative dimensions of art criticism.

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