Art critics are often frustrated artists grinding their axes on new artists seeking approval from them. Do you agree?


I am opening this question for others to provide feedback. Do I agree? No. We need art critics to provide a feedback of our work. Criticism provides engagement and discourse. Art has a role in society. The art critic provides value to the artwork. Critics make fine distinctions among like artworks. A devaluation of criticism forces the value of the artwork to be based solely on the local market. Artists need critics to create value for the artwork. This helps the artist to expand to other national or international markets. Criticism is a form of communication; feedback helps make artwork products stronger, it forces the artist to think how he or she works, the right kind of criticism can create an advantage, using positive language elicits a solution without taking it personally.

Michel Foucault’s ethos of practicing criticism:

“A critique is not a matter of saying that things are not right as they are. It is a matter of pointing out on what kinds of assumptions, what kinds of familiar, unchallenged, unconsidered modes of thought the practices that we accept rest…Criticism is a matter of flushing out that thought and trying to change it: to show that things are not as self-evident as one believed, to see what is accepted as self-evident will no longer be accepted as such. Practicing criticism is a matter of making facile gestures difficult.”

 

Sources:

Campbell, David. “The importance of criticism” https://www.david campbell.org/2012/05/15/importance-of-criticism/, 15 May, 2012.

Simek, Peter, “Why is Art Criticism, And Why do We need It?”, https://www.dmagazine.com/arts-entertainment/2013/05/what-is-art-criticism-and-why-do-we-need-it/, Arts and Entertainment, May 7, 2013.

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