Monday, October 8, 2012

are critics still relevant?

fresh from the nytimes: in the era of twitter are critics still relevant?

of all the articles in the opinion page, i found this exchange between two artists very entertaining (see that almost every sentence ends with "!")
Jen: What we really need are more critics that speculate on the importance of hangly-dangly existential pieces of art. The five percent of America that can actually afford the luxury to buy art really needs to know what to buy! This is important. I'm actually shocked that there aren't more people out there trying to start a professional blog about art, or produce or get onto an art reality show to criticize some crafty artwork!

Paul: I mean there is no chance that critics would just write things to hear themselves talk about something they know a little bit about in order to hear themselves sound smarter than someone who has spent a lot of time on the subject and has invested a great deal of sweat, time, and energy into it, right? That would never happen! It must be relevant for the greater good or else no one would invest the time and money into starting a blog. That's a lot of work!
what exactly does hangly-dangly existential pieces of art mean? this or this? paul sounds as if he had a weird feeling that critics do exactly what he claims there is no chance they would do (which explains his obsessive sentential emphasis).

jen drops this one:
Of course criticism is relevant! While we disregard any criticism that doesn't pertain directly to us and doesn't shower us with well-deserved compliments on our artistic brilliance, more mediocre blogs means more mediocre press for us all!
true, but who cares? jen doesn't say that mediocrity is institutionalized, with artlibor and arthoodication runing the show.

who is to blame for "more mediocre blogs and more mediocre press"?
If there is something that needs some changing, perhaps it's the regurgitated one-liners and copy-and-paste pieces that some critics are passing off as reviews. I know, it's hard to believe, but some "critics" seem to be more of a TMZ of art instead of actually offering some intensive insight. But maybe that's the world we live in!
i like paul's TMZ-of-art comparison, but the fact is that TMZ-of-art does quite well with one-liners. 


Malagodi said...

It would be good to have some to see if they were still relevant or not.

Francisco Silva said...

Many bloggers are biased and tend to write presenting more of a personal perspective than trying to expose the actual issue. Many don't even have the context of the blog in an analytical format where readers can make their own evaluation. Many simply write a whole bunch of nothing.

Why are there so many of those ill-imformed critics? Maybe because there are enough futile readers who care about nothing but trivial matters, or who can't discern what significant and relevant information is.

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