Art gallery talk



On Tuesday night I went to the Duluth Art Institute  for a gallery talk titled, “Art and Culture: Writing for Art that is Deeper than Ourselves,” Mason Riddle is an art historian with an MA in Art History and Museum Practice from the University of Minnesota. She writes about the visual arts and architecture for local, regional and national publications.

She spoke about her personal experiences writing about art, and how she gets to know the culture of the artists. One of the hardest parts of writing about art, she says, is deciding what the angle you want to write about and keeping it succinct.

Sponsored By: Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Lloyd K Johnson Foundation, Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, and Generous Donors

This exhibit of insects is in the Duluth Depot. These are very oversized. To get an idea of scale, See the doors in the upper left corner. Learn more about The Duluth Depot.


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  1. Lowell April 11, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

    Very interesting. I’m not an artist nor a critic, but I know that I like some kinds of art and dislike others. It would be hard for me to write about certain art projects as I would probably make fun of them or smack down their pretensions. 🙂

    • SunDog April 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

      Lowell she did talk about how she wasn’t out to trash anyone’s work. And she’s not into pretensions. If she didn’t like someone’s work, she would write about the colors, or shapes or themes or find something positive to say because usually an artist has put their heart and soul into their work.

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