One of the
most important parts of my journey as an artist and sculptor at NYAA has been
critique, or “crit” as we call it.
Critique Signup Sheet
take place with a visiting artist or critic, a full time faculty member, or a
third year fellow. This week I had crit with Guggenheim fellow Ed Smith. Smith
worked with one of my primary influences, William Tucker, a modernist British
sculptor and modern art scholar. This was the best critique I have had in my
life. Ed Smith gave me great pointers and finishing techniques for my thesis
idea, as well as for my maquette and sketchbook method.
This year I
have had crits with visiting artists Anneliis Beadnell, Deborah Soloman,
Richard Dupont, Steven Assael, Beth Cavener, and Audrey Flack. I have also had
crit with most of the faculty, and the third year fellows. All of the crits
have helped me to gain valuable insight into my own work.
students get excited to meet and receive feedback from experts in their fields.
Wednesday is critique signup day, and every Wednesday at 12:30 a long line of
students forms down the fourth floor hallway, as students gather and wait to
put their names down for critique the following week.
On March 25th
and April 1st, all first years students met with acclaimed visiting
artist Eric Fischl for group critique. Group critiques allow us to voice our
thoughts and critique one another in an academic approach.
Lopez with Richard Dupont
benefit I have gained from my experience with critiques is the ability to
describe the method and philosophy of my work. Critiques are essential to an
artist’s development, even if the artist may not fully agree with them. It is helpful
to have a second set of eyes read our work, and is a treat to learn from
esteemed artists and critics here at NYAA. ###
See more of Lopez's work on April 13th at the Tribeca Ball, where 100 Academy artists open their studios for a night of art, enchantment and a bit of magic. And be sure to save the date for MFA open studios on April 24th from 6-9pm.