power--critic paper - The critic assumes many different...

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The critic assumes many different roles. Although the notion of a critic as a judge is the most common, s/he assumes roles ranging from a mentor to an objective reporter . INITIAL QUESTION: WHY ARTISTS? The effect of a review on the individual artist is a prime topic of concern, as the artist has much to gain or lose from a powerful review. THEN I DECIDED UPON THE MOST AND LEAST ADVANTAGEOUS CRITIC’S ROLE FOR THE ARTIST: A critic’s role as a judge, as exhibited in an André Fontainas review on Gauguin and Jill Dolan’s review on ‘Night Mother, is least advantageous for the individual artist. The role of mentor, on the other hand, as exhibited in Clement Greenberg’s reviews on Jackson Pollock, is most advantageous. A critic, if s/he adopts the role of a judge, must determine the worthiness of the art placed before him/her. In order to judge well it is imperative that the critic have a set of evaluative standards. It is because of naturally subjective and often PROBLEM #1 WITH JUDGES— NEED SUBJECTIVE EVALUATIVE STANDARDS—OFTEN THEY ARE CONFINING— SUCH WAS THE CASE WITH FONTAINAS
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