Critical Dialogues

Started - Wednesday 25 September 2019

Kevin Jones is an independent arts writer based in Dubai. New York-born and Paris-bred, he has lived in the Middle East for the past 10 years and is currently the UAE Desk Editor for ArtAsiaPacific. He contributes regularly to The Art Newspaper,, ArtReviewAsia and FlashArt International. Regionally, his writing has been published in Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia, Bidoun, Canvas, Brownbook and The National. He holds a BA with a double major English Literature/Journalism from Northwestern University. His MA is in Linguistics/Semiotics from La Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). His blog,, devoted to fostering a critical voice on art in the Gulf region, is perpetually launching.


Date: 25 September - 11 December 2019 (every Wednesday)
Time: 7 - 9 PM


4 Students


Tashkeel Nad Al Sheba


AED 1,333.33

Please note that fees are non-refundable.


How is meaning generated in the art world? Join Kevin Jones to re-assess how you generate meaning around your practice. Running from September to December, Critical Dialogues is a course of 12 sessions that discusses the mechanisms of critique. Through lively interrogation of critical texts on local, regional and international exhibitions, participants decode and unravel the strategies at work in the production of meaning around art. The sessions also consist of peer critique sessions, for which each artist will write a statement on his or her practice. The crits, combined with the previously studied strategies, enable artists to close the gap between how they see their practices and how they write about them.

2019 readings will foreground feminist critical theory, with excerpts from works by Linda Nochlin, Lucy Lippard, bell hooks, Gayatri Spivak, among others.

Course outcomes:

  • Increased fluency in reading and decoding critical texts
  • Confidence to critique and be critiqued
  • Heightened sensitivity to strategies of messaging and self-representation
  • Sharper critical eye on how meaning is produced by art world players

This is the fourth consecutive edition of Critical Dialogues. The course is recommended for artists, writers, curators and individuals actively engaged in contemporary art.

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