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READER GEOFFREYB54 REFLECTS ABOUT THE NEED FOR REAL ART CRITICISM (INSTEAD OF ART JOURNALISM):

‘There are several questions to be asked about the level of art criticism and particularly art writing, much of which is not useful to artists, gallerists or collectors. ‘Art Speak’ is just annoying and should be subject to plain English criteria.

Over the years I have made countless studio visits over the years and it has been fruitful for both parties. I find that artists like to discuss their work as one aspect of this is that it helps them determine and/or confirm their own practice. On the plus side intelligent discussion about what is happening in the studio can help an artist better assess their work. Artists who are not best able to judge their works tend to hold exhibitions which would have benefitted from some editing – faults there too by the gallery in question.

The challenge therefore is being able to communicate what one learns from the stuido visit. It’s too easy to dismiss art critics out of hand but something should be done to increase the quality of art writing. In this I have my doubts about the art colleges as they appear to be the places where Art Speak abounds.

As a further thought, there’s even more guff from art reporters than from art writers. Regurgitating press releases is hardly what one can call constructive thinking but it often has higher public readership.’

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