Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Criticism Panel Tomorrow Night

OCTOBER 30 2008, 7:00PM

Featuring Jan Avgikos, Ben Davis, John Miller, Joao Ribas, Martha Schwendener, and Roger White.

Ad Hoc Vox and Guild & Greyshkul are pleased to invite you to On Criticism, a panel discussion that will take place at the gallery on Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm.

ERNEST: I have foolish habit of reading periodicals, and it seems to me that most modern criticism is perfectly valueless.

GILBERT: So is most modern creative work also. Mediocrity weighing mediocrity in the balance, and incompetence applauding its brother - that is the spectacle which the artistic activity of England affords us from time to time.

-Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891

Questioning the relevancy of criticism is hardly the exclusive sport of a contemporary audience. The roles, values, and goals of criticism have been as contested as any individual critic's pronouncements. What factors, then, uniquely beset art criticism now? What basis is there for the widely espoused claim that we are in a "post critical" age? In a highly diversified and cross-disciplinary art world, what constitutes a conflict of interest for a critic? How have blogging and self-publishing through the Internet affected art writing?

On Criticism will bring together critics writing for print and online publications, editors, and artists writing criticism to discuss such questions. Our goal is to address present-day art criticism by creating a space for its self-identified practitioners to turn a critical eye on both the concerns of their discipline and potential models to address those concerns. Colleen Asper will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.