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CalArts Alumni help define ArtSpeak

October 30, 2013

by Robin Cembalest

How to Speak Artspeak (Properly)

Robert Atkins introduced the latest edition of his book ArtSpeak at the New York Public Library last night by admitting that artspeak has gotten a bad rap. “Somehow the language used for describing and discussing art has a reputation for unusual opacity, even sadism,” he said.

That’s the artspeak also known as International Art English, the scourge of artist’s statements, press releases, and catalogues, a language so riddled with semiotic buzzwords that any potential meaning is obscured.

ArtSpeak, the book, is not like that. It’s where you go to find out, quickly and clearly, what Semiotics means. Read more.

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