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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Painting Critique

2 November - 14 December | Mondays 7-9pm

Course Description


“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster”—Clint Eastwood in The Rookie

​​​No more "idea art". No more "identity art". No more "political art". No more noodling or tiptoeing around. For seven sessions we will meet in class with a guest artist for a brief interview and to discuss painting as an intellectual craft. Some painters have very strong ideas while others have very strong craft—we will work to find the balance.

Each week 5 students will bring 3 paintings for a group critique with our guest artist.
Topics for discussion will include: image vs. surface; atmospheric vs graphic; direct and indirect painting; the role of drawing and composition; what looks new now?; the overrated; the original; decorative manners; style and social engagement; what is first class?; what might a painter might get away with?; why getting it right might not be very good?; and, how to keep it interesting?


Nicole Wittenberg

Nicole Wittenberg is an artist working in New York.