What Happened to Art Criticism?
Distributed for Prickly Paradigm Press
"In What Happened to Art Criticism?, art historian James Elkins sounds the alarm about the perilous state of that craft, which he believes is 'In worldwide crisis . . . dissolving into the background clutter of ephemeral cultural criticism' even as more and more people are doing it. 'It's dying, but it's everywhere . . . massively produced, and massively ignored.' Those who pay attention to other sorts of criticism may recognize the problems Elkins describes: 'Local judgments are preferred to wider ones, and recently judgments themselves have even come to seem inappropriate. In their place critics proffer informal opinions or transitory thoughts, and they shy from strong commitments.' What he'd like to see more of: ambitious judgment, reflection about judgment itself, and 'criticism important enough to count as history, and vice versa.' Amen to that."—Jennifer Howard, Washington Post Book World
1. Art Criticism: Writing Without Readers
2. How Unified is Art Criticism?
The Catalog Essay
The Academic Treatise
The Conservative Harangue
The Philosopher’s Essay
Descriptive Art Criticism
Poetic Art Criticism
3. Seven Unworkable Cures
4. Envoi: What’s Good