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Art Criticism

How the Art World's Lingo of Exclusivity Took Root, Branched Out, And Then Rotted From Within

ARTINFO | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts

The hypnotizing argot of the art world is familiar to anyone who has ever tried to decipher a gallery press release or encountered a nebulous artist s...

Towards Eclecticism

John Seed | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts
John Seed

2012-08-09-johnseed123.jpg Eclecticism is beautiful because it allows every label, every approach, every style and every work of art to be allowed into the ring of possibilities.

A Few Words About Robert Hughes (1938-2012)

John Seed | Posted 10.06.2012 | Arts
John Seed

Robert Hughes, the Australian born art critic, writer and television commentator, died on August 6th at the age of 74. For 25 years I have used hi...

How I Became a Brilliant Arts Columnist

Gordy Grundy | Posted 09.01.2012 | Arts
Gordy Grundy

As any writer knows, it is very hard to get published. A vaunted role, such as an arts columnist, is a near impossibility. This is my story of chutzpah and success.

Haiku Reviews

Posted 05.01.2012 | Arts

HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews are regular features where we invite critics to review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the tr...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Damien Hirst's Spot Paintings

Daniel Maidman | Posted 05.14.2012 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Art critics, in one sense, play a role in the art world not unlike the role played by transistors in the electronic world. Transistors amplify signals. Critics are kind of like this, as viewed from the perspective of broke-ass artists.

Michael Kaiser and the Role of Critics -- Nature Versus Nurture?

Robert Bettmann | Posted 01.30.2012 | DC
Robert Bettmann

Isn't it true that great art reflects the ideals and inspirations of people today? What's wrong with a knee-jerk reaction to art? What's wrong with popularity?

The Shifting Focus of Publicity in the Art World

Daniel Grant | Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

At times, publicity becomes the art itself, with the public knowing that it should appreciate some work because "it's famous" rather than because it's good, distorting the entire experience of art.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 2

James Elkins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

What Heaven Looks Like

James Elkins | Posted 01.23.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

2011-11-23-Screenshot20111123at8.42.29AM.pngI discovered an amazing, mysterious manuscript in Scotland. It's a little book with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.

The Death of Criticism or Everyone Is a Critic

Michael Kaiser | Posted 01.14.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

One of the substantial changes in the arts environment that has happened with astonishing speed is that arts criticism has become a participatory activity rather than a spectator sport.

Anthony Weiner Criticized "Sexist" Art

ARTINFO | Posted 08.09.2011 | Arts

An ironic New York statue might well now stand as an adequate symbol for Weiner's situation over the last week: A larger-than-life, scantily clad male public figure, trying to keep down the images of vice represented by multiple women.

Glenn Beck: Art Critic?

ARTINFO | Posted 06.16.2011 | Arts

To the dismay of survivalists everywhere, Glenn Beck announced last week that his screechy, preachy Fox news show would close up shop before the end o...

Starchitect Criticized Over 'Alien'-Like Design | ROB TURNER | Posted 06.01.2011 | Arts

ELK GROVE, Calif. -- The firm owned by the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid is in high demand these days, designing projects in Hong Kong...

The Disappearing Art Catalogue Essay

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Many gallery exhibition catalogues continue to include critical essays, but most gallery owners claim that buyers are sold on the images, rather than what is said about them and who is saying it.

Interview With The Art Critic Everyone Loves To Hate: Mat Gleason At FineArtsViews

FineArtViews Blog by Canvoo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Mat Gleason is known for being a bare-knuckle art critic. He founded Coagula Art Journal in 1992-- which has focused on giving the lowdown on high ar...

Using Google Art To Explore Famous, Unfinished Paintings

James Elkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Elkins

I have been writing about looking slowly, taking the time to see the visual world. My first column was about a Mondrian painting, and it included some...

Deborah Brown's Bushwick: An Artist Grows In Brooklyn

Sharon L. Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sharon L. Butler

Deborah Brown telling stories about her neighborhood. Deborah Brown, "Hybrid #1," 2010, oil on canvas , 36" x 36" On the occasion of "The Bushwic...

Jerry Saltz's Burden

Sharon L. Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sharon L. Butler

Traditional journalists and art critics tend to dismiss Saltz's move to social networking as an expression of self-indulgent megalomania. I think they exaggerate the downside and miss the upside of the new media's effect on art discourse.

TOP 10's: Art Critic Jerry Saltz Lists Top 10 Worst Art Moments Of 2010

Vulture | By: | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Dear Jerry, I liked your 2010 Top Ten list, although I was surprised you didn't include the Robert Rauschenberg show at Gagosian Gallery. That aside,...

A Problem All Artists Face: Dealing with Rejection

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Rejections do mount up, particularly in the early years of an artist's career, and a growing number of artists attempt to look at them in a positive light.

Artforum: Slowly Sinking in a Sea of Bloggers? Not Quite...

John Seed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
John Seed

Embarkation from the Island of Artforum (with apologies to Watteau...) Magazines are in trouble, right? Readers are migrating to the web, where i...

Blast Radius

Sharon L. Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sharon L. Butler

Garnett's paintings force viewers to contemplate how ugly and destructive its procession can be, and proclaim that physical remove is no excuse for ignoring that reality.

NYC Gallery Visit: Angelina Gualdoni at Asya Geisberg

Sharon L. Butler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Sharon L. Butler

"Shadows Slipping," an exhibition of new paintings by Angelina Gualdoni, is her inaugural exhibition.

How to Look at Mondrian

James Elkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
James Elkins

Our eyes are far too good for us. They show us so much that we can't take it all in, so we shut out most of the world, and try to look at things as br...