art criticism

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Washington, DC — “Words could not express what an agreeable spectacle this was for me to see all at one time such a prodigious quantity of every kind of work,” wrote Jean Rou in his Mémoires inédits et opuscules.

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This past May, after 30 years on the job, Kenneth Baker announced his retirement as art critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. Today, his replacement was announced.

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Post image for An Opinionated Chinese Art Critic Who Breaks the Mold

CHENGDU, China — ARTWOCA’s writing is part ferocious critique, part gossip, and part adventure in typography.

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The ABC of Art Criticism: Some Recent How To’s

by Louis Bury on August 29, 2015

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It has often been said that writing about art is like dancing about architecture. Nearly as often, it has also then been said: But I’m going to do it anyway.

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Post image for How Frieze Art Fair Is Like a Dead Doughnut

Many criticisms have been leveled at art fairs.

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Post image for The Anxiety of Being a Critic on the Internet

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — After a total mindfuck of a weekend at Superscript, perhaps it is fitting that I began writing this attempt at a postscript in a note on my iPhone in airport terminals both with and sans-wifi, while hovering over grids of gradated green, ascending through strata of cumuli and back.

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Post image for What to Make of the Village Voice’s Offensive Kehinde Wiley Review?

If you’re looking for a very generous review of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, read Roberta Smith. If you’re looking for one that’s startlingly homophobic and racist, read Jessica Dawson.

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Post image for A French Artist Demonstrates How Not to Handle Criticism

On January 17 a group of performers hired by a French artist smashed nearly half of the artworks in his new exhibition, then this happened.

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What Should Art Criticism Do?

by Edie Everette on November 17, 2014

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Once upon a time, I asked New Yorker magazine art critic Peter Schjeldahl …

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Post image for On Ken Johnson and the Question of Sexism

Two weeks ago, when critic Ken Johnson reviewed Michelle Grabner’s current solo exhibition in the New York Times, he fell into a trap. Johnson didn’t like Grabner’s work, which is fine, but rather than breaking it down to understand why he didn’t like it, he resorted to half-baked biographical stereotyping.

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