Criticism

Germany

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

The self-made legend of Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys and his crash on the Crimean Peninsula in 1944 — or, more accurately, Beuys’ version of it — became a founding episode of a new avant-garde and had an enormous impact on contemporary art. But maybe the story of Joseph Beuys has to… Read More

Media

When Art Critics Change Their Minds

When Art Critics Change Their Minds

Posted March 1st, 2013

Criticism, Media

When venerable critic Peter Schjeldahl’s blog post titled “Changing My Mind About Gustav Klimt’s ‘Adele’” appeared on the New Yorker’s website last June, we took note. Schjeldahl did not so much do a complete about-face on the glittering 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer, the 25-year-old… Read More

Media

How Contemporary Art Lost Its Glamour

How Contemporary Art Lost Its Glamour

Posted October 30th, 2012

Contemporary Art, Criticism, Discussions, Media

“Suddenly, the press dares to criticise contemporary art. A number of coinciding events seem to have focussed a new, less reverential attitude towards the spin of the art world,” writes painter Jacob Willer in a most excellent new essay for Standpoint. Excerpt: “Damien Hirst’s retrospective… Read More

Media

The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2012 Edition

The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2012 Edition

Posted October 29th, 2012

Criticism, Media

It’s that time of year again. Art Review just had their fun bringing the art world their directory of the rich and powerful, and now it’s Hyperallergic’s turn to flip the script and point out that not everyone is rich, famous, or powerful in our… Read More

Media

Is the Art World really that stupid? Dave Hickey Quits In Disgust

Is the Art World really that stupid? Dave Hickey Quits In Disgust

Posted October 29th, 2012

Art Market, Contemporary Art, Criticism, Discussions, Media

After Sarah Thornton has announced that she wont write about the Art World (aka. the Art Market) anymore since it has become one giant money laundering machine for rich criminals, one of America’s foremost art critics has quit writing about contemporary art as well: Dave… Read More

Politics

An open letter to critics writing about political art

An open letter to critics writing about political art

Posted October 28th, 2012

Contemporary Art, Criticism, Politics

Last weekend Creative Time held their fourth annual summit on the current state of artistic activism. Over two days, scores of political artists from around the world gave short presentations and organized longer workshops. Hundreds of people participated. The critical response, so far, has been… Read More

Curators

A Word with Klaus Biesenbach

A Word with Klaus Biesenbach

Posted September 30th, 2012

Contemporary Art, Criticism, Curators

“Art is not the art market. Art history is not the history of the art market. Art is about ideas and civilization, and yet too often it’s marginalized by the market in America.” Words from Klaus Biesenbach, the Museum of Modern Art curator, who’s cultivated… Read More

Shows

Will Grohmann – Key Figure on the European Art Scene

Will Grohmann – Key Figure on the European Art Scene

Posted September 30th, 2012

Criticism, Germany, Modernism, Shows

For more than five decades he was a key figure on the European art scene, and anyone who is interested in artists such as Kirchner, Kandinsky or Klee is bound to come across his name: Will Grohmann (1887–1968), one of the most influential German art… Read More

Singapore

Critics’ Forum: Can Art Still Shock?

Critics’ Forum: Can Art Still Shock?

Posted September 21st, 2012

Criticism, Discussions, Media, Singapore

Over the next week, four New York Times critics — Roberta Smith, Ben Brantley, A. O. Scott and Alastair Macaulay— will chat about the role of shock in art: how it works, how it has changed and why it’s still necessary. Jennifer Schuessler moderates. JENNIFER… Read More