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What role does art writing play in formulating the history of contemporary art?

What role does art writing play in formulating the history of contemporary art? What kind of research does it take to understand the historical context and socio-political and/or cultural significance of an artist statement, interview, manifesto, curatorial statement, and/or exhibition review? This paper focuses on the role and significance of art writing to emphasize the value of the texts in the Theories and Documents textbook.

Directions: 1.) select and read one text (not already assigned on the syllabus) from your Theories and Documents (T-doc) textbook OR another reliable art writing source (this can include online newspaper, journal article, artist or museum website, etc.

2.) Write a five-page essay discussing the historical context and cultural significance of the text you have selected. Create a bibliography with at least ten sources (that can include your chosen text).

3.) Format of the paper: The paper must be typed, 12-point font, double spaced, five full pages, include images of artwork you reference, citations, and bibliography. You can use Chicago Style or MLA style.