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Product Details

  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: Infinity Publishing (March 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0741408430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0741408433
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #578,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ariane Goodwin, Ed.D. holds a doctorate in Human Development & Creative Behavior from the University of Massachusetts. As a writing consultant, she specializes in working with artists. Her writing has appeared in fine art, ceramic, sculpture and surface design publications in the USA & Canada. She has directed art programs for an urban recreation center; led drama, movement and writing workshops for children and adolescents, and teaches at the Loveland Academy of Fine Arts. As a writer and entrepreneur, who grew up in a family of artists, Dr. Goodwin understands and integrates these three, different sensibilities into a working whole.

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The first few pages are the best part, the rest could be cut.
ProfJBH
Furthermore, the content on those blank pages is not strong enough to support the white space.
J. Anderson
An artist's statement's purpose is for "revealing the true spirit of your work".
Christine M. Bolmeier

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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on June 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
Beyond the first few pages (after the table of contents) the book takes a drastic spiral down into some awkward realm of writing akin to the Western mythology of Zen and centering your chi. There are numerous instances of pages containing one sentence, signifying some graphic designer was having happy time with Swiss design. Furthermore, the content on those blank pages is not strong enough to support the white space.

What the Author sorely overlooks is that the goal of a good artist statement is in the content - describing some of the why and the what - and distilling it into its essence through brevity. A good artist statement is not about breathing exercises and finding a quiet place wherein to perform the act of writing an artist statement (which a sizable chunk of the latter half of the book seems to dwell on).

For those considering purchasing the book, your time, money, and energy are better spent trying to pound a nail in the floor with your forehead.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bruce fowler on January 12, 2004
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From the beginning to the end I found "Writing the Artist Statement" easy to follow, inspirational, informative,and understanding.
With Arianes' encouragement, all along the way, I was able to get through the sticky parts of writing an artist statement. Now the reader can easily flow through the words and understand what I do, how I do it and most importantly why I do it.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 4, 2002
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Ariane Goodwin is to be commended for tackling the improbable and previously impossible task of aiding visual artists in breaking the fear barrier of writing the ubiquitous Artist Statement. This exceedingly well written manual has the wisdom to begin with discussing just why the artist statement is a valid tool in bringing artists of every kind to the highest professional level. Goodwin knows all too well the negative view held by most artists that "If the viewer doesn't understand my work by looking at it, then why should I have to explain it in words?" In a warm, supporting manner Goodwin proceeds to remove all the negative aura of using words to express the inner, soulful approach to art that many artists fear sharing for whatever reason. She maintains that words are the tools of language, our means of expression, and that when artists overcome the fear of putting their 'private selves' into the written word, their own windows of exploration open and they are empowered to create better art because they are able to discourse with the outside world what heretofore was the inner sanctum labelled 'creativity'. Goodwin is a fine teacher (she holds a doctorate in Human Development & Creative Behavior and teaches at Loveland Academy of Fine Arts, giving workshops for artists and even advises through her website ...and much of this book is a tightly composed course on teaching her methods of learning to write artist statements for the beginning and the seasoned artist.
But another aspect of this book that may just go unnoticed is the value of Goodwin's theories about the artist's psyche that is bound to be helpful to gallery owners, artist's representatives, and the collecting public at large.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By this art guy on May 20, 2007
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This book really helped me and got me the think about my work and writing about my work differently. You have to trust the author and just go though the silly exercises though...almost like taking a class. For the price...this book is a no brainer if you are serious about your art career.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Serena Burdick on September 20, 2002
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Goodwin has given artists a goldmine. Not only does this book finally explain exactly what an aritst statement is, it also showed me how much an aritst statement can do for me. If you've ever struggled with writing an artist's statement, the exercises in this book will pull you right through to the end. And best of all, the book saved me a lot of time because it is concise without missing a beat. Who wants to read a zillion words when the author knows how to use the right ten words to tell you what you need to know?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Darla Freeman on December 21, 2012
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This book is a must for learning how to write an artists statement, so many great ideas. My art coach borrowed mine, now I need to get another one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Mortensen on February 26, 2011
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One of the most helpful books about writing that I have read. The exercises are well thought out and effective. The writing is engaging and really gets me excited about writing my artist's statement.
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