ArT nEwS bLoG iS 5 YeArS oLd!

Art News Blog is FIVE years old. That must make me some kind of blogger or arts writer or something. I’m most comfortable with the “something” label though. Someone called me an art critic recently and I didn’t know how to react. He said it in a way that was supposed to be flattering but I was actually very offended.Continue Reading

Death of the Art Critic

The Guardian’s art critic Jonathan Jones is questioning the role of the art critic in a recent blog post..
“What has passed away is a certain kind of revered and influential critical voice, it is sometimes said: where are today’s equivalents of the poet and critic William Empson, the art critic Clement Greenberg, the critic of the novel FR Leavis?”Continue Reading

Art Critics become Sports Writers

Today in the Guardian the art critics have become sports writers for a day, while tomorrow the sports writers will become art critics for the day (after reading that sentence, I just wondered why the sports writers are called “writers” and the arts writers are called “critics”.. does art have to be criticized to be written about?)

Anyway, it’s a fun idea! I’m looking forward to seeing how the sports writers go tomorrow. Today the dance critic Judith Mackrell wrote about horse racing, the theatre critic Michael Billington wrote a report on darts, rock music critic Caroline Sullivan wrote about cricket (something like baseball for those that don’t know what cricket is), critic of classical music Erica Jeal did a report on motorcycle racing, and the visual arts critic Jonathan Jones wrote about football (soccer).Continue Reading

Artist Offended

An interesting post over at The Art Life blog, where an artist gets nasty over a little criticism. Sure I have been offended, possibly even hurt by criticism before but it was unconstructive and hurtful criticism, certainly nothing as mild as this. And I can’t remember attacking the critic like this..Continue Reading