Questions About Art Criticism for Three European Critics
by Hrag Vartanian on April 23, 2014
On Sunday, April 27, an event jointly organized by AICA International and EUNIC New York will probe the realities facing art critics in Europe. Five critics, Dorota Jarecka of Poland, Marja-Terttu Kivirinta of Finland, Javier Montes of Spain, Jonathan T. D. Neil of the UK, and Tomás Pospiszyl of the Czech Republic will share their experience and tackle the questions of regional differences in the field, the role of social media in art discourse, the role of the art critic in shaping the identity of local art, and the changing critical landscape.
It is a fascinating topic for me, particularly since many people in the United States talk about Europe as if it was a uniform utopia of government funding and critical discourse, but the reality, as you will see, is very different.
Sunday’s event will begin with opening remarks by Marek Bartelik, president of AICA International, followed by short presentations by each panelist and a panel discussion moderated by yours truly. But before the in-person discussion begins, I wanted to set the virtual stage and ask the critics to answer a few simple questions about how they became art critics, the state of criticism in their respective countries, and the challenges they face.
Three of the critics were available to answer my preliminary questions, and in the meantime you can reserve your ticket for Sunday’s event online.