Some art is good, so it follows that some art must be bad.
Beyond our own opinions, how do we know?
Many critics who write glowingly obtuse reviews only describing the installation, what sold, who was there, contribute little, except promotion. Glowing is great, but who dishes out the bad news? Where are the critics?!
Nicholson's dialogue in "A Few
Good Men" is repurposed here:
Artist: "I think I'm entitled."
Critic: "You want answers?"
Artist: "I want the truth!
Critic: "You can't handle the truth!"
is the truth too hard? Is it risky getting it wrong? Are the rules muddled, if rules
exist? Are politics intertwined with networks and markets? Is art
criticism too 20th century? Does anyone care?
I think we should criticize the critics, definitely risky busy for an artist, but someone's
to ask this question... again. What has happened to art
Paul Klein and Dawoud
Bey at the Hyde
Park Art Center critiques earlier this year assuaged my fears.
Expecting the usual glossing over I
see in print, Bey and Klein were instead honest and critical without being destructive. They posed useful,
constructive ideas addressing artists' weaknesses and strengths. They
cited artists relevant to the work shown, indicating their
understanding of it and its contemporary importance. They got it right.
like artists should risk getting it wrong, as with Philemona Williamson
at New York's June Kelly
Gallery, a regular at Art Chicago. Read Williamson's review and be sure to read the comments. But she tried!
love praise, but we need criticism. Critics signal when the art is a
hit or miss or in-between, and it could grow or diminish the market.
Art history reminds us times and tastes change, but we are here and
now. Expertise in art history; aesthetics, philosophy, and exposure to
art feeds critics experienced opinions. Take a chance! Take a stand!
Help the rest of us understand art from a perspective framed by
knowledge. Explain the barometer that measures artists. Tell everyone
the truth! All art is NOT equal. Art critics, be critical for art's