Manifesto

Artist Brandon Alvendia leading an experimental art writing workshop for CAW at Western Exhibitions, Chicago, June 2014.

Artist Brandon Alvendia leading an experimental art writing workshop for CAW at Western Exhibitions, Chicago, June 2014.

Chicago Artist Writers is a platform that asks artists and art workers to write traditional and experimental criticism that serves under-represented arts programming in Chicago.

  • An artwork’s first and most important reception is local.
  • Chicago’s diverse array of exhibition venues is not adequately met with the critical analysis they deserve.
  • Published critical analysis is not only instrumental to the artist and venue but also to the larger critical conversation in Chicago.
  • Published criticism allows for formalizing complex thoughts about art and culture at large.
  • Artists can benefit in a singular way from the critical feedback produced by other artists.
  • Historically artists have significantly guided the conversation around contemporary art and still should today.
  • Young artists benefit from assessing work outside of their own production and through writing become increasingly articulate, thoughtful and self-aware cultural producers.
  • Vital criticism need not cheerlead cultural production.
  • CAW invites guest editors and hosts workshops to provide opportunities for the mentorship and development of our writers.

CAW is made possible in part by a grant from the Propeller Fund.

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