Art Writing Online: The State of the Art World
This book brings together recent reviews of gallery and museum exhibitions in the United States and Europe considering both contemporary and old master art. They deal with institutional critique, race and class relations, and the role of art criticism, in addition to looking at art from outside the mainstream art market: comics, public art, and memorials. The book argues that, ideally, the critic should create a community where real debate can take place. Out of free discussion, consensus about the meaning and value of art emerges. As it notes, the disruptions caused by the coronavirus presented an opportunity to read and think. Such moments of crisis bring pre-existing conflicts to the surface, making radical change thinkable.
David Carrier taught philosophy in Pittsburgh and art history in Cleveland and China. He has been a Lecturer at Princeton University, a Getty Scholar, a Clark Fellow, and a Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center, USA. He has lectured extensively in China, Europe, New Zealand, and the United States, and has published books on art criticism and art history; Nicolas Poussin; Charles Baudelaire’s art criticism; the comic strip; Rosalind Krauss; Sean Scully; the art museum; world art history; Proust and Warhol; the art gallery; art from outside the art world; and the contemporary artists Maria Bussmann, Lawrence Carroll and Warren Rohrer. In addition, he has published art criticism in many journals, including Artforum, ArtsMagazine, the Burlington Magazine, and Tema Celeste. Recently he has written extensively for the Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic.
"Always looking at the horizon of possibilities and never in the gutter, David Carrier has defended Artists of all generations for five decades, with the intellect of a philosopher, and the expanding generosity of a great humanist."
- Sean Scully
"Whether you are an amateur when it comes to the visual arts or a scholar in the field, you will want to read this book for its numerous insights into art history, art criticism, art theory, the sociology of art and, ultimately, the current art scene. Carrier writes with a grace, clarity and personal touch that make his book an absolute pleasure to read."
- Paul Barolsky, Commonwealth Professor Emeritus of the History of Art at the University of Virginia
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