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Criticism and Civility

Brooklyn Rail: Critics' Page - Featured Essay - December 6, 2016

Writing in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, the craft of criticism feels more urgent than ever, a skill to continually hone at all costs. When I was first asked the question, “What is criticism?” upon entering the Art Writing MFA program at the School of Visual Arts five years ago, I’d suggested that good criticism, in the context of considering art, is a civility. To take time with a work in order to not only see it, but also to listen, taste, feel and really commune with it, is to provide the attention art deserves in order to ask critical questions and inspire provocative discourse.


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