Criticism

There has been almost no published criticism or reviews of my work. I include a brief bibliography at the bottom of the page. Instead I want to mainly link to my own critical writing.

I began writing art criticism for the web in 2006 following my doctoral studies in art history, and to some extent as compensation for not having a studio and being able to engage fully with my own art. I have three sites for criticism that concentrate on overseas art, usually U.S. European and British centres (to avoid too much of a conflict of interest). I use the tag CAP (an acronym for CurrentArtPics) for most of my online criticism. This is something that was urged upon me when I began blogging in 2006, and has just hung around to become a sort of brand. But I’m happy to acknowledge that CAP is Gerry Bell.

Current Art Pics – 100 brief profiles (800w average) of individual artist’s styles, with links to illustrations.

CAP’S CRITS – Longer pieces on artists and critical issues.

Depiction & Painting – This is my doctoral thesis (2004) – ‘A Theory and History of Painting in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century’. Roughly 50,000w on theory, 50,000w on history. Complex and controversial, I’m told. Only for the dedicated.

I have written criticism of Australian art for www.artshub.com.au (2007-8) but since this was only available to their members, I stopped. I thought it would be available to all readers. Between 2011 and 2016 I contributed reviews on a range of topics or forums – art, movies, books, life etc to www.worldwidereview.com . Sadly the site does not attract many contributors or respondents. I have also published short articles in London art magazine Garageland (Nos 12 & 13) and on Abstract Critical.com, a British site dedicated to criticism of abstraction as well as Hit & Miss, an e-zine on New Art Criticism.co.uk (now defunct).

MELBOURNE ART SEEN – This is my new WordPress blog dedicated to local art criticism.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bell, G:                Car People Paintings (catalogue) – Prismatic Images 1995 (ISBN 0 646 258328)

Walwicz, A:      ‘Deep Shopping’,  Art Monthly Australia, Oct 1996 No 94 p.27

Ryan, D:              Urban (Gerry Bell, John McKinnon, Peter Neilson) catalogue essay, RMIT project space, 1997.

Kenny  A:           POST: An art excursion (catalogue) Place Gallery, Melbourne, 2009

Posted 18/04/2012 by gerrybellart

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