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HOW TO WRITE AN ARTIST REVIEW, pt 1

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Do you need to like the work to do an artist review?

The difference between an artist review, and art work review?

The work stands alone, the artist stands by their work.

If it’s a dead artist, you’re safe. They don’t like your review? You don’t like them? They won’t be calling to complain.

Call it a push. But where’s the fun in writing a downer review?

You see images all day long you don’t like. Do you review them, or seek out a more fulfilling vision?

For your own benefit, find something you like and write about it. Too many bloggers love the spin cycle of the toilet flush. We’re not going there.

Find an artist with uplift, like a geological fault, and you’re taken in.

Now what?

Here on BoomerPdx we’ve reviewed artists and writers. Some reviews are well received, some not. That’s how it works.

Whether a review goes viral or not, we bloggers move on. A post generates a ton of traffic and gets picked up by other influential blogs with big time bloggers?

Move on.

If you get hung up on the audience pull of one post, you’ll get stuck and spend a month reading about writer’s block until you’re convinced you have PTSD.

Do that and you die a little while you blog dies a lot.

To note, you don’t have PTSD, you’re just overwhelmed by sudden attention when a post blows up.

If the artist you want to review speaks to you across their medium, then art is doing the work it’s supposed to do. Art work works for you.

Next up: do you review the artist, or the work? Sound familiar?

If you choose the work, and the artist likes your review, they might open up to a more personal review.

Let them see you the way they’ve let you see them. It’s only fair.

For example, if the work is landscape and the the artist’s technique captures the fragmented vision of a place, you might say, “In canvas after canvas the images depicted seem more real than real, as if the dust has just settled after a cataclysmic event and what we see is the aftermath.”

Take it further with, “Although the subjects are quite clear, the subdued palette express the lines of separation through a sfumato veil of emotions between humans and earth.”

Italian words related to da Vinci and his Mona Lisa help create a good art review foundation. Classical is always in style.

With everything in writing, be sure to read.

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