Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Speaking of Art Critics

Simply another reason why I love Jerry Saltz. Need I say more...

2 Responses to “Speaking of Art Critics”

L.Z. said...
March 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

It is easy and always fun to listen to or read Jerry Saltz. However not always is he a critic. This is why: Most of the time his audience is larger than the art world and he spends a lot of time educating them (the non-art world)about art. - This is not criticism. However occasionally, he does make a considered argument and judgment about art; which is criticism.
More often then he criticizes art however, he criticizes our museums/institutions. I appreciate this greatly since he is one of the few widely popular yet powerless critics
(by powerless I mean he has no direct ties to the museums/institutions).
This institutional critique differs from contemporary art criticism. Today our art critics are the academically trained artists and curators who are making and selecting what we are seeing today.
With all of this said - I do think we need more selective critics who are removed from art making and actually have an art agenda. (Nicolas Bourriaud comes to mind, even though he is a now a curator)
Art criticism is changing. How much longer does jerry saltz have? As long as he his our guy who keeps the Guggenheim in check he might have a bit longer.But Jerry needs to get serious, get rid of your pop culture approach start saying some important things!

Christine said...
March 31, 2009 at 1:46 PM

Thanks for the post!
I enjoyed watching the clip. It's amazing what the power of the internet is doing now! We get to watch parts of art shows from home and even put up our artwork on online studios like! Jerry is a great critic!

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