are we to circle
our bodies under the weight of this
do you hear that symphony of trees
covering us in a cocoon
who are we
Had not thought about the power of the circle within art until today. An art gallery visit today allowed for the thoughts to manifest awhile on the importance of the symbol in art and in life.
In the meantime, a brief exploration on the subject of art criticism:
Criticism – a cultural conversation
Charles Baudelaire wished to “illuminate the effects of artworks instead of merely describing them” (“A History of Art Criticism”, 40). This form of criticism continues today; however, it is not immune to biases, which is why judgement in criticism should be taken with measured caution.
An evaluation of art is only as good as its evaluator. Caution must be taken unless the reader knows that he or she can trust the critic’s knowledge. For example, while trying to find out more about the artist, Crash (John Matos), this 2006 NYT review by Ken Johnson was read. The article presented enough negative nuances to question Johnson’s subjectivity on graffiti art. Wishing to explore Johnson’s credentials ascritic, a search generated several articles questioning two of Johnson’s 2012 NYT reviews. This “Art In America” article reminds that criticism can fail if the critic’s context fails. Johnson approached both critiques too narrow; he applied a criticism that failed to recognize his own biases.
Does one eschew art criticism then for fear of bad judgement? No; it just reminds that even the most educated critic’s judgement must be taken in context. Art criticism, like any criticism today, is a cultural conversation. It can be of great value if it, as Baudelaire posited, “opens the greatest number of horizons” (“A History of Art Criticism”, 40).