Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Art has become an inside joke. The "masters" of it, at least the ones on the big stage wonder, "What can I get away with now?" And the big dogs of the museum world, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, knowing that their missions have more to do with entertainment and distraction than the encouragement of art and personal creativity, buy in whole hog as shown above. Fortunately there are art critics who watch the world without rose colored glasses, and that can lead to some fun reading... The following introduction is from the Furniture Society Newsletter:
John Perreault is an art critic, curator, poet and artist. From 1966 to 1974 he was the art critic for the Village Voice and then from 1975 to 1983 the senior art critic and art editor at the Soho News. His writings on art have appeared in Art in America, ArtForum, and numerous art journals and anthologies. He was senior curator at the American Craft Museum for a while. He is also represented in the influential anthology "Objects and Meaning, New Perspectives on Art and Craft", edited by M. Anna Fariello and Paula Owen, published in 2004.

Although he appeared to have taken a break from writing about craft, apparently he's back, most recently in American Craft and American Ceramics. He writes what he calls "first person art criticism" and posts regular essays on his blog Artopia.
The big dog shown on the roof of MOMA is by Jeff Koons who is the subject of John Perreault's May 11 blog post.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I just wish artists and critics would just speak simple English. Am I the only one who thinks this?