Frank Martin 
Member since May 24, 2012

Frank Martin teaches art history and philosophy and is a member of AICA (the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art).



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Re: “Art criticism must die

Critics are catalysts for assessing ideas conveyed via works of art by virtue of their training, expertise, and the resulting insights they may be able to offer through the activity of interpretation.

Authoritative critical voices are those that may be respected by a particular segment of an art public or which, over time, may be seen to provide significant insights into the character of human aesthetic response. Criticism will die only when human beings are no longer thoughtful, expressive entities. If humans become too stupid to think, then certainly there will be no place for criticism...which is essentially analysis and assessment within the framework of a cultural context.

Critical approaches must vary in accordance with the critics in question, but I doubt that critics explain or address the issues in works of art per se....criticism is more personal than that...critics may offer interpretations of experiences translated via art objects and help to instigate further dialogue concerning the ideas the given critic may believe the artist has attempted to address....some of these ideas may be more intriguing than others due to the individual critic's training, experiences, visual history, aesthetic awareness, culture, and understanding....the "critical" piece, that is, the essay that precipitated this comment, is interesting for all of the reasons cited has engendered a reflective discourse... and I am positing that such a discourse is good for human things...because human things prosper when confronted with complexity and have a need to solve problems and reflect upon their respective experiences....

Posted by Frank Martin on 05/24/2012 at 4:51 PM

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