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Art Criticism

Joel Meyerowitz and Twelve Other Street Photographers on Their Best Photographs

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 09.02.2014 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

As artists, it is always a significant challenge to objectively view our own work. We have emotional and psychological ties to both the work itself, a...

Why You Need Painting to Say That Painting Is Dead

Marc Trujillo | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts
Marc Trujillo

I'm a painter, so of course I find statements about the death of painting annoying, but also sloppy thinking, since painting is what it takes to be able to even make the statement.

Serendipity at the Musee d'Orsay

Susan Kraus | Posted 07.27.2014 | Travel
Susan Kraus

I see Le Lit as an expression of desire -- for the security of a partner, snug under the covers, who would gaze at him with affection, would look deeply, unflinchingly, with love and acceptance, into his eyes. "I want this," I remember saying to myself.

The Need for Arts Journalists

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Arts journalists keep those of us who run arts organizations honest. They question us when they believe our offerings are too timid, too easy, too glib.

Dave Hickey in Los Angeles: Pirate vs. Farmers

Julia Friedman | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts
Julia Friedman

Pretty much any epithet used to describe the art critic and MacArthur Award laureate Dave Hickey is doomed to fail.

A Look at High Art in the 21st Century: Pictures at a Museum's Shop.

Jura Margulis | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
Jura Margulis

We created abundance in the civilized world and cherish the history of our culture and the culture of our history, or so we say, and that last room before the museum's shop exhibits the best we can do in and with the visual arts sector?

What Can't Be Said About a Work of Art

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 11.30.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

You can try to put your finger on the work of art. It is possible to say how it works, maybe even why it's good, but something essential will always, mercifully, elude you.

We Appreciate Arrested Development Better Today, But We're Losing Something Else

Danny Groner | Posted 07.26.2013 | Arts
Danny Groner

The Internet has unquestionably reformed how we consume. If only we approached everything with the same curiosity and attention that we give to Arrested Development, that would be a world full of openness, positivity, growth, and education.

Is This REAL?

Posted 05.23.2013 | Arts

We're pretty sure this hilarious video of an art student freaking out is fake. But that doesn't mean contemporary art scholars across the web won't un...

The Return Of Haiku Reviews...

Posted 05.04.2013 | 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...

Haiku Reviews: From A 'Bollywood Invasion' To A 'Secret Garden' Opera

Posted 04.05.2013 | 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...

The Ethnic Cleansing of Judaism in Medieval and Renaissance Art

Bernard Starr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Bernard Starr

In every gallery I was surrounded by paintings that featured a cast of characters and lavish settings that bore no resemblance to the world that Jesus and his followers inhabited. Every wall greeted me with blond, fair-skinned European figures.

RIP, Thomas McEvilley

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.04.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Despite the philosophical depth and discriminatory nuance composing the essays McEvilley published regularly in Artforum, they are also marked by a clarity that made them enthralling to read.

Enough Stories

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

If we approach and accept art on its terms, it will offer us much more than familiarity and comfort; if we think we already know the moral to the story, we stand to miss what is there. There may be no story.

Final Response on 'The Put On of the Century, or the Cage Centenary'

Daniel Asia | Posted 03.30.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

We may wish to belittle, deny, evade, deprecate, or run away from the delineation of best/better/bad/awful, in that it involves making judgments of quality. But we must sooner or latter come to grips with this hard reality, or else our lives and commitment to Music cease to be serious.

The Art Market and Art Criticism Will Divorce in 2013: An Allegory

John Seed | Posted 02.20.2013 | Arts
John Seed

In a joint prepared statement issued earlier today, The Art Market and Art Criticism -- two allegorical figures whose uneasy marriage has been under visible strain in the past month -- have confirmed reports that they intend to divorce next year.

Interview With Jed Perl On His Latest Book

John Seed | Posted 02.13.2013 | Arts
John Seed

Jed Perl, Magicians and Charlatans: Essays on Art and Culture, Eakins Press, 352 pages Jed Perl, who has served as the art critic for the N...

The 10 Worst Reviews In Arts&Culture This Year

Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts

Is there anything more satisfying than a deliciously scathing review? While a negative critique may not affect the artist's success, we can sometimes ...

On Art That Isn't There... and Writing About It

Terence Clarke | Posted 01.27.2013 | Books
Terence Clarke

A critic writing about the Mona Lisa should be able somehow to make you feel the way you feel when you are looking at the Mona Lisa. But describing an entire individual piece of art that is so ephemeral as to not be there at all is a different task.

Do Critics Count? ArtPrize Proves That They Do

Colin Darke | Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts
Colin Darke

In the Internet age, everyone is a critic -- often an unhinged critic who hides in the "comment" sections of an article. With fine art, it is easy to say that art critics do not count for much, because fine art is subjective by its nature, so the only opinion that really counts is your own.

The Demise of Artnet Magazine and the Crisis in Criticism

Artwrit | Posted 12.11.2012 | Arts
Artwrit

How is it that at a time when most all forms of cultural production have their future set in digital distribution, the very first art-criticism publication to recognize the power of the Internet has closed?

The One Where Mabel & Bob Absentmindedly Wander Into a Comedy Show

Michael Blomquist | Posted 10.21.2012 | Comedy
Michael Blomquist

After the second sketch there was mock applause. During each sketch there were "hushed" whispers that my deaf-in-one-ear grandfather wouldn't have had much trouble hearing, though the accents were so cartoonishly thick that he would have had trouble deciphering.

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

ARTINFO | Posted 10.09.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

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...