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Times Critic Caught in This Week’s Witch Hunt

by The AFC Staff on November 27, 2012
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“Black artists didn’t invent assemblage.” That statement, and others like it, written by The New York Times art critic Ken Johnson, has provoked the ire of fellow critics, artists, and Times readers alike. His remarks about two recent exhibitions, Now Dig This! Art & Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 and The Female Gaze: Women Artists Making Their World have exploded into a tirade across Facebook—with complaints lodged by Kara Walker and Jerry Saltz among others—and now, an anonymous group has gone so far as to petition the Times to “acknowledge and address this editorial lapse and the broader issues raised by these texts.” So, what are these broader issues, and problems, if any?

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Suddenly, Everyone’s Got an Opinion on Hilton Kramer

by Corinna Kirsch on March 28, 2012
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Art critic Hilton Kramer died yesterday, and the responses to his death have been as polemic as his writing. A member of the old guard, Kramer was a modernist who tried, but failed, to grasp important trends in contemporary art; he also successfully identified many of its weaknesses. We admire his strong, provocative voice and fearless finger-wagging at bad taste. His assertion that defining Abstract Expressionism in terms of the artist’s psychological state turned everything to shit and replaced aesthetics with biography (we’re paraphrasing) still rings true.

In hopes of giving the late critic a well-rounded portrait, we've provided links to these essays and our own commentary below:

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The 4-Year-Old Artist – NYTimes.com

by Paddy Johnson on June 13, 2011

The 4-Year-Old Artist – NYTimes.com – More on this ridiculous story about Aelita Andre, the four year old "genius" showing at the vanity gallery, Agora in Manhattan. 

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Are Artist/Critic Friendships so Unusual? Anthony Caro at The Met

by Paddy Johnson on May 26, 2011
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Wow, those Anthony Caro sculptures on the rooftop of the Met look awful. I’ll have to see them in person when I get back to have a real opinion (for now I just have the Times review and commentary by Andrew Russeth at Sixteen Miles) but his work’s always been a little too contained for my tastes. This doesn’t look much different than what I’ve already seen.

Russeth doesn’t talk too much about the quality of the work, but does discuss Caro’s relationship with Clement Greenberg at length, which he notes, has gotten a lot of attention over the years

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Cohen, Hedge Fund Manager, Is Prominent in Mets Picture – NYTimes.com

by Paddy Johnson on April 18, 2011

Cohen, Hedge Fund Manager, Is Prominent in Mets Picture – NYTimes.com – And super collector. cc. Tyler Green

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