on April 29, 2013
Art criticism is dreadful as a rule. The writing is self-conscious and burdened with jargon and in references. This book is quite the opposite. The writing is engaging and clear, the story intriguing. Anyone involved even peripherally in the art world is likely to indulge in the fantasy of opening a gallery in some unlikely space and becoming the center of hipdom for a little while. Reading an intelligent account of how and why this actually happened is fun, if not necessarily as a how to, then as a voyeuristic peek at the emergence of a scene that was the center of the art world for a little while. Highly recommended. Way high.
on March 8, 2011
I've never been much of a art criticism reader; never been all that interested. I will say I have always been interested in art however. When I think about art criticism, I think of boring literature and pompous attitudes, literature that's not exactly entertaining to read. I have read some criticism and well, that's what I found. It wasn't until I read Chris Kraus' Where Art Belongs that I had one of those AHA moments. Something about the way Chris Kraus writes about art is thrilling. It makes reading criticism interesting and entertaining. If you're one of those who haven't been interested in checking out much art criticism, read this book! Chris Kraus, for lack of better term, ROCKS!! Thank you Chris Kraus for getting me interested in reading literature about art criticism again. Jack