Write a 1 – 2 page typed analysis of the DeCordova Biennial. Due Mon March 19th and Weds March 21st.
Which are the strongest works in the show and which are the weakest? Is there an overall theme to the show? What does the show tell us about the curators? What does the show tell us about Contemporary Art? Analyze in greater depth 3 pieces that stand out for good or bad reasons. What values are you using to judge the show. How do these sorts of shows create art history?
You must see the biennial before class.
The show has generated some critical commentary. It is your choice whether to read reviews such as Sebastian Smee's review "2012 deCordova Biennial features true good works among false steps," Boston Globe, Jan. 27, 2012, or Greg’s review in The Phoenix, or the DeCordova curator Dina Deitsch and guest curator Abigail Ross Goodman's biennial catalogue essay.