Post #496 • March 20, 2005, 6:57 AM • 12 Comments
Via Good Reads: At a crossroads: Peter Plagens on the "postartist." Aside from utterly mischaracterizing Robert Hughes (who is better known than the artists he dismisses because he's a better creator than they are), his categorization of the varieties of art critics - goalies, cartographers, and evangelists - is worth thinking about.
I'm not throwing in the towel as a critic yet, though, to practice something called postcriticism. Firstly, although Plagens doesn't outline what form it might take, I can't help but think that it will model Kuspit's postart - divorced from beauty, married to word games, and possessing all the profundity of a martini glass; basically, the gee-whizathons that we've come to expect from Brian Sholis. Secondly, I'm not convinced that postartists have "outflanked" art critics so much as they've outflanked Artforum and its ilk, which, aside from sparse bright spots like Plagens's, do far more to advance the careers of artists through direct or indirect advertising than sort them for quality. A growing number of us, while not seeing our words on varnished paper so often, are not so hamstrung.