12/11/2012 08:08 am ET Updated Dec 11, 2012

Worst Art Reviews 2012: Contentious Work Makes For Great Critiques (SLIDESHOW)

Is there anything more satisfying than a deliciously scathing review? While a negative critique may not affect the artist's success, we can sometimes get pleasure from watching writers take jabs at art world titans, especially when they get all hot-and-bothered about it.

As the year comes to a close we've compiled our ten favorite prickly art reviews. In the slideshow below, see Jonathan Jones' compare Damien Hirst to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Christopher Knight's gloves-off Deitch-bashing. All in all, these great pieces of writing made some arguably not-so-great exhibitions completely worthwhile.

What do you think of these reviews, readers? Tell us who pushes your buttons in the comments.

Worst Reviews Of 2012

Correction: In an earlier version of the slideshow above, we listed Christopher Knight's review from the Los Angeles Times on Jeffrey Deitch's 'Dennis Hopper: Double Standard' at MOCA. This event took place in 2010, not 2012. We apologize for the error.


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