Are art critics too polite?

January 10 2013

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Picture: The Guardian

Yes, says Jonathan Jones in The Guardian, and for good measure dishes it out to today's artistic wunderkinds:

Grayson Perry is a fine pundit, an interesting curator, but as a visual artist he is a hack whose work churns around and teems with futile incidents in a way that totally fails to soar. Tracey Emin draws with more life than he does, but not half as well as any newspaper cartoonist. If you think Antony Gormley is a good sculptor, go and see the childish figures he carved on boulders outside the British Library in London. Jenny Saville? A heroic mediocrity. The bloated reputations of so many artists of our time offer critics a lifetime's supply of truth telling, so why hold back? We should be going after this lot (and loads more) all the time, and at full volume. Instead, they are more or less guaranteed nice reviews that ignore the pustules of badness that seep out of chic galleries.

Maybe a prize would help?

Talking of prizes, I realise I haven't yet put up the first ever AHN awards. Coming soon, I think...

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