June 14, 2005

ARTICLE | Beyond Criticism

by Nancy Levinson
Source: Arts Journal

Arts criticism has been pronounced dead so often that it seems reasonable to wonder whether the latest pulse-taking, in the Los Angeles Times, might be prematurely gloomy. But Critical Condition, by reporter Scott Timberg, was uncomfortably convincing in its glum prognosis. How could it not be, when Dave Hickey, one of our most soulful and successful critics, author of the gorgeous Air Guitar, goes on record with his blunt assessment of the irrelevance of the role: "I do think that we're over. Being an art critic was one of those jobs like nighttime disk jockey or sewing machine repairman: It was a one- or two-generation job . . . I'm like Wolfman Jack. The times have passed me by."

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