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Weekend roundup

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  • In the Wall Street Journal, Tom Freudenheim offers Diego Rivera‘s Detroit Institute of Arts murals as a “summons to renewed greatness.”
  • Christopher Knight dismisses an unnamed New York magazine critic’s notion that Bravo’s “Work of Art” redefined art criticism. (The critic Knight chose not to name is Jerry Saltz, who had previously mischaracterized Knight’s review of the show… and in so doing failed to name Knight.) Quick recap: Saltz claimed that “Work of Art” created a new way to practice art criticism without seeing art, apparently by watching TV and chit-chatting with a carefully pre-selected group of friends and allies on Facebook and such. Knight notes that looking at art before you render judgment is still kind of important. (Call it the “Spiral Jetty problem.” If you haven’t been, you’re missing lots.) Nodding while sitting/typing with your friends in a circle is chit-chat, not art criticism. The weirdest part of Saltz’s blog post: He equates art criticism to ‘people who’ve seen him on TV stopping him in an airport to idly gossip about a reality TV show.’
  • Karen Rosenberg is super-tight in bringing together Lee Bontecou, “Mad Men,” sex and Vietnam for the NYT.
  • The Boston Globe’s Sebastian Smee wonders why or how Jack Tworkov ended up a second-teamer. (Warning: The Globe’s website is pop-ups-happy.)
  • You can’t beat this headline for clarity: “When Art Becomes a Dog Park: The Suburbs Reach a Classic Artwork.” (Artist: Robert Morris. Writer: The Stranger’s Jen Graves.)
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  1. […] word about Saltz since the New Museum conflict of interest debates turned ugly last fall, went to the trouble of pointing out all the petty slights in Christopher Knight’s response to Saltz’s final wrap up and […]

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