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?” Guardian
The arts writers at the Guardian might be concerned that the sports writers can do their job just as well as they can.
I think the art critic will live.. just as painting still lives (even though painting supposedly dies every generation.) In my opinion, art critics become irrelevant when they start thinking their writing is as important as the art they review. They start to see that their words have some kind of influence, which causes their ego to inflate, which leads to art reviews about the art reviewer rather than the art.