Sunday, January 16, 2011

Eclipse: Did Academia Destroy Art Criticism?

 

"Set against the de facto idealism of "theory-crit" (reducing art to pure theoretical machinations), the appeal of simply reporting on the art scene would seem to be partly that it yanks art back down to earth. (Yet) there's a tremendous hunger for serious art criticism out there — it just has to be criticism that actually engages with the contemporary reality of art. After all, without an interesting perspective on what makes visual art distinctive, all you have left is the art world as a crappy arm of pop culture or a place for high-end gambling." More>>