Watch Out Jerry and Roberta: The New “Art Critique Phrase Generator” Wants Your Jobs!

In what seems like a perfect complement to the beloved Arty Bollocks Generator — which churns out inanely over-intellectual but essentially meaningless artist statements, like “My work explores the relationship between Pre-raphaelite tenets and counter-terrorism” — online gallery PIXMAVEN has debuted the similarly snarky “Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator,” which just might be the nail in art criticism’s coffin. Or not; but it is very funny.

The site, which randomly cobbles together dismissive critiques in response to users’ random numbers, is very opinionated. One juicy example, in response to the number 91005, reads:

As an advocate of the Big Mac Aesthetic, I feel that the sublime beauty of the biomorphic forms verges on codifying the distinctive formal juxtapositions.

Enter 68624, the telephone keypad numbers corresponding to Edvard Munch‘s last name, and you get this:

Umm… the mechanical mark-making of the Egyptian motifs contextualize the inherent overspecificity.

Give it a try.


— Benjamin Sutton