Getting the Word Out in a Post-Critic World

March 27, 2015 12:44 PM

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We are living in the great age of opinion-writing, of critiques and commentaries, so why have so many of the art critics disappeared from major metropolitan newspapers? (Hint: It's not just fine arts but book and performing arts critics as well.) Perhaps more importantly, what does this mean for artists looking to advance their careers?

For most of the postwar era, and even before that, critics have acted as the conduit between artists and the general public, and artists have relied on reviews to generate discussion of, and interest in, their work. Sometimes, that has led to contentious relationships between artists and critics, bu...

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