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The Guardian: Criticism Starts with Love and Hate

Well, we’re pleased to see that critical debate is alive and well across the pond.

Witness the Guardian’s art critic, Jonathan Jones, who says that “The truth is that overanalysing art, as opposed to intuitively rating it, carries its own dangers. You can convince yourself of anything by study and sympathy.”

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Jones’ article in the Guardian. Image: VoCA

The article and particularly the many, many comments, are pretty interesting. Click HERE to read it.

3 Responses to “The Guardian: Criticism Starts with Love and Hate”

  1. Bill says:

    It’s so true! I often find myself talking myself into liking things, and then giving my head a shake and saying to myself, ‘why am I doing this?!’ Trust your gut instinct and just accept that your taste isn’t going to be everyone’s.

  2. kat Citroen says:

    There’s a lot of interesting stuff out there. But interesting is not necessarily good. Sometimes interesting is what you can get away with, and who you know that would deign to show it. There’s also a rampant lack of self-criticism around. One must remember that not every Art piece you hatch in the dead of night while drinking is genius.

  3. Jakub says:

    Any piece of art can be made thought of as important or influential by careful analysis and informed explanation. One thing to take into account is that there IS a difference between a critic and an artist and between the weight of their opinion in public. While Lucian Freud’s remark isn’t going to destroy the influence of Delacroix, a trashing by a respected critic can decisively set back the career of an emerging artist. I agree, lists: fine, intuition: good, over analysis: usually bad. But maybe the B lists should not be readily revealed and shared in the art columns of national newspapers. Maybe there needs to be a different, more elitist venue for discussing opinions on good and bad art.

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