tagged: Art Criticism

The Informers: Ryan Steadman on Better Criticism Through Painting

by Bradley Rubenstein
In this series of interviews for ArtSlant, I wanted to talk to artists who are also involved in criticism or theory. There are any number of “crossovers” across creative and critical disciplines: Julian Schnabel is a painter and a filmmaker; Mel Bochner is a painter who has also been a good art reviewer.  However—using Barnett Newman, and more recently Mira Schor, as examples, as well as the quirky Robert Smithson’s dystopian fantasy world—I’d like to focus on artists who broaden their field... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 1/10/18

Interview: Hal Foster on Bad New Days

by Joel Kuennen
Hal Foster's new book, , is set for release on Tuesday, September, 8. In it, Foster, Townsend Martin Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, works through art's recent history to find what is and isn't working within the arts. Considering recent paradigms of art ranging from "abject" to "post-critical," Foster uses his plain, incisive style to help locate the failures of contemporary art in hopes that more novel and critical art can come to the fore. We sat down with the art... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 9/1/15

The Internet as a Platform for Art Criticism, and Dildos

by Char Jansen
The much-loathed profession of art criticism is facing an odd future online: the myth of the click web has turned out to be apocryphal, and according to recent research conducted by and written about by Chartbeat, we're heading towards the era of the "attention web." But traffic-seeking clickbait has not been completely disbanded. We know that last year one of the most searched for words on our site was "dildo." How does this data-crunching on how readers navigate, and on what they enjoy on our... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 3/24/15

The Misanthropic Art Writer's New Year's Resolutions

by Philippa Snow
The New Year: you feel fattened, you have to go back to work, everything you've just bought is now half the price of what you paid for it, it's cold and bleak. It's also the most depressing time of the year. But fear not: the affliction of New Year's resolutions still prevails over us all, ensuring that we will feel even worse in two weeks when we fail to see any of them through. Our resident misanthrope Philippa Snow sets herself some imminently doomed challenges for 2015.    1. I will not... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 12/31/14

What You Read: The Most Popular Articles of 2014

by The Artslant Team
You, our readers, are all over the world and it’s always enlightening to learn what you're reading—from China to London, New York to São Paulo. The end of the year gives us a change to look back, tally the numbers, and see what you read, discover how we did. Some of our editors’ very favorite articles fall under the radar no matter how much care and attention we give them, while others exceed our wildest expectations. It’s fascinating to watch a news item, opinionated essay, or piece of... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/30/14

Why I think Jonathan Jones' Art Criticism is Tyrannical

by James Loks
Jonathan Jones writes an art blog for the newspaper. I read his column with the same morbid fascination I used to reserve for those times when I’d come across a piece by Julie Burchill. Which is to say I begin with the nascent thrill of knowing my pique is going to be stimulated, followed by a good bit of private outrage, and finally a satisfying wallow in indignation. None of these are particularly attractive human characteristics; they are, however, pleasurable and best practiced either in... [more]
Posted by James Loks on 11/21/14

Interview with Nadja Sayej of ArtStars*

by Ana Finel Honigman
For an industry whose only products have no objective use, function or value, the art-world takes itself pretty seriously. Thankfully Nadja Sayej, the creator and headliner of ArtStars* is here to sniff out bullshit, puncture pretension, deflate egos and delight lovers of lively criticism. ArtStars* is a vlog in the tradition of lost Gonzo-journalist public-access treasures such as Paul H-O and Walter Robinson in the Manhattan-based 1990s "GalleryBeat" public-access show.  Sayej pops up at... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 9/29/11

The Best of Erik Wenzel on ArtSlant

by Abraham Ritchie
For the past four years I've read everything that Erik Wenzel has written.  It came with the territory as his editor, but I was reading his work on his blog Art or Idiocy? long before I sought him out to write for ArtSlant: Chicago.  As an artist himself, Erik's writing can make you look at artwork differently, or consider it in a new way. He always had opinions that were well backed up, even if you didn't agree with them.  In an era where writing on art is becoming more "art writing," more and... [more]
Posted by Abraham Ritchie on 8/15/11
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