Arts criticism is the process of describing, analyzing, interpreting, and judging works of art.[1] It is distinct from art criticism (which focuses on visual arts) due to its broader remit.[2] The disciplines of arts criticism can be defined by the object being considered rather than the methodology (through analysis of its philosophy): buildings (architecture criticism), paintings (visual art criticism), performances (dance criticism, theatre criticism), music (music journalism), visual media (film criticism, television criticism), or literary texts (literary criticism).[3][4]

Criticism of the arts can be broadly divided into two types. There is academic criticism such as that found in scholarly works and specialist journals, then there is criticism of a more journalistic nature (often called 'a review') which is seen by a wider public through newspapers, television and radio. The academic criticism will be of a more vigorous and analytical nature than the journalistic, the journalistic may even focus on entertaining the reader at the expense of detail about the art under discussion.[2]

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  1. ^ Art Vocabulary – accessed 10 July 2008 Archived June 11, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b "Art criticism". HiSoUR - Hi So You Are. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  3. ^ Geoffrey Harpham (August 2006). "Science and the Theft of Humanity". American Scientist. Sigma Xi. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
  4. ^ "Home: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism". The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. American Society for Aesthetics / Temple University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-07-11.