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Arts, general, criticism.  ---  .This section is about criticism in the arts.  Topics include:  ---  1/24/2006

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  .This section is about principles and methods of criticism in the arts.  ---  12/30/2003

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Analysis: describe and explain.  (A) What is he saying, and how do you know?  (B) What is he trying to say?  (C) What does he think he's saying, and how do you know?  (D) What the piece says objectively?  (E) What the artist meant or was trying to say.  (2) Judgment: comparison using ethical values and standards.  (A) How great is the message, and how well is he saying it?  (B) How good is it?  Good art and bad art.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Classic: critical acclaim throughout time and place.  (2) Dated: time or place bound.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Degree of technical skill.  (2) How original, in all elements.  (3) How powerful the idea.  (4) How true the emotion connected to the idea.  (5) Usefulness of the idea.  (6) Importance of the idea.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Everyone is a critic.  (2) Criticism is a type of thinking not limited to the subject of art.  We all do art criticism, and we all do philosophy criticism, and we all do science criticism.  We all do criticism of everything.  ---  10/15/2004

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Interpretation.  What does the work of art mean or say?  (2) Evaluation.  How good or bad is the content or message?  Form of expression of message.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Meaning of non-text objects and events.  Interpretation.  Hermeneutics.  (2) What is it saying?  What does it mean?  What does it remind one of, or call to mind (associative power)?  What is its effect on my psychological condition?  ---  12/29/1997

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Personal.  (A) Made you think of a new subject or view on a subject.  (B) Did same even if that's not what the artwork was about.  (C) Like it due to sentimental or personal memory reasons.  (D) Truly a great work of art.  (E) Applies to problems you have.  (F) Appeals to your personality type.  (2) Mass.  (3) Elite.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Political and legal criticism of art.  What are the political and legal views expressed in the work of art?  (2) Economic and business criticism of art.  What are the economic and business views expressed in the work or art?  ---  1/4/2006

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) Should one have critical acclaim or popular acclaim?  (2) Should we acclaim for raw natural talent or effort and hard work?  (3) Should we acclaim intention or outcome, result?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  (1) What the work of art is better and worse than.  (2) What the work of art is like and unlike.  (3) Strengths and weaknesses.  (4) How could the artwork be improved?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  All audience responses are critical responses.  Possible audience responses to a work of art include the following:  (1) No response.  No reaction.  (2) Says, "That was nice."  (3) Loved it.  Or hated it.  No explanation why.  (4) Compares the work to other works.  (5) Compares the work to their own life.  (6) Asks, "What was the author thinking?"  (7) Asks, "What is the purpose of it?"  (8) Says, "I don't understand it."  (9) Either says, "I understand but I don't agree.", or , "I understand and I agree".  (10) Either says, "I don't think its important.", or, "I think it is important."  (11) Either says, "I don't like it.", or, "I do like it."  ---  6/9/2004

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Artists rated best to worst by (1) Subjects they confront.  (2) Views they take of subject.  (3) Skills they posses.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Criticism of a work, artist, school, period, area.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Criticism of works of art.  (1) What is art criticism?  (2) Why do art criticism?  (3) Why study art?  Everyone is a critic, with an emotional response and intellectual response.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Cutting edge artists vs. repeaters: repeating old ideas or emotions or styles of expressing them.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Degree of originality.  From others.  From self (your old ideas).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Do we judge a work of art by the artist's intentions or by the results and effects?  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Evaluation.  Think it's good, and why.  Think it's bad, and why.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Genius transcends experience and theoretical knowledge.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Genius.  (1) Technical skill.  (2) Creative ability.  (3) Critical ability (tell good from bad).  (4) Quantity.  (5) Speed.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  In what way is literary criticism a subset of arts criticism in general?  In what way is arts criticism a subset of critical thinking in general?  ---  7/25/2006

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Interpretation.  People see what they want to see in a work of art.  To confirm their beliefs and ideals.  Or to fill their needs, wants, or fears.  Art as Rorshach test.  ---  7/2/1998

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Is an artwork good?  Depends on individual needs and values, and social needs and values.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Methods of art criticism.  (1) Psychological criticism: psychobio, Freudian, Jungian.  (2) Historical criticism: artist and work as products of historical situation.  (3) Sociological criticism. (4) Marxist criticism: art as by product of economic conditions.  (5) Formal criticism: criticism of formal elements in an artwork.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Negative reactions to art.  (1) Don't understand it.  Don't get it.  No clue.  (2) Don't like it.  (A) Don't agree with the statement.  (B) Don't think the subject is important.  (C) No visceral reaction.  "Doesn't do anything for me".  ---  8/4/2000

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Originality, distinctiveness, truth, power.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Quality of elements, parts, sections, and total.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Shit writers write about the perfect.  Perfect writers write about the shit.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Taste: as reflection of psychology or sociology.  Like it, and why.  Don't like it, and why.  Tastes by compositional elements, and by medium.  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  Types of art criticism.  (1) Psychological criticism.  The interplay between the conscious mind and Freudian unconscious mind of the characters.  (2) Sociological criticism.  Interplay between author and society.  Interplay of characters amongst themselves.  Interplay of characters amidst the society in which the characters inhabit.  Effect of author (or characters) and society on each other, in conflict and in harmony, including political and economics factors.  (3) Biological criticism.  The development of evolutionary psychology and evolutionary sociology in the last 30 years can be applied to the realm of artistic criticism.  The art humans produce is influenced, in part, by the evolutionary development of humans.  (4) So, a complete theory of artistic criticism will include the psychological, sociological and biological viewpoints.  (5) One should also add environmental, technological, and historical criticism.  (6) Environmental criticism will explore the environment of the work of art and the affect of environment on characters.  It will also address the effect of environment on author and reader.  By environment I mean natural environment or ecological environment.  One can thus speak of eco-criticism in the arts.   (7) Technological criticism will explore the technological setting of the work and the effect of technology on character, author and reader.  (8) Historical criticism will explore the historical setting of the work of art, and the effect of history of characters.  It will also explore the history of author and reader.  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  What you say (idea), how you say it (communication).  ---  12/30/1992

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  When discussing the meaning of a book, movie or painting, there are several mistakes one can make.  (1) The mistake of saying that the work does not mean anything (i.e., nihilism).  (2) The mistake of saying that the work means whatever you want it to mean (i.e., extreme relativism).  (3) The mistake of saying that words cannot capture the essence of anything, and thus words are meaningless, and thus criticism is meaningless (i.e., language nihilism).  ---  4/15/2005

Arts, general, criticism.  ---  When I see x work of art, it reminds me of what other ideas and emotions vs. what the piece itself actually seems to be about what.  ---  12/30/1992

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