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Unit Critical Response

A cartoon showing two monkeys. One is painting a soup can on an easel, and the other is standing behind the first, speaking. The caption reads “Personally, I think you should have stuck with Abstract Expressionism.”

Cartoon (Two monkeys painting a mock Campbell's Soup can), ca. 1964
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Learn how to critique a work of art using a combination of intuitive and critical responses. In this unit, students explore the difference between informed and uninformed opinions, and how individual tastes and biases can influence the interpretation and judgment of a work of art.