The Coming Crisis in Art Criticism

Note: We are honored to re-publish this important article by Dr. Duphus-Jones, which was copied in its entirety and without permission from the website, Dr. Duphus-Jones is professor emeritus of Art History at Aioleation College, England. He is past chairman of the Council on Aesthetic Non-Conformity and the author of over 100 critical articles on modern and prehistoric art.The Coming Crisis in Art CriticismBy Nimrod Duphus-Jones, Ph.D.There is today a profound schism in art criticism – it centers on which of two primary viewpoints the critic takes when appraising a work of art (however defined) for the public. Some... Continue reading »

Why Is So Much Art So Boring?

It’s not that I get bored easily. It’s just that most art I see bores me. Does that mean it’s boring? To me it is. I go in a gallery. Fifteen seconds is all I need to know if its art is boring. It almost always is. I’m speaking mainly about painting, since that’s what I’m into. But not exclusively, since I look at all kinds of art.Here are some possible reasons for this (being exclusively my opinion of what is boring, of course):1. Art clients/buyers/customers like boring art, so that’s what they buy. Or they are afraid of interesting... Continue reading »

What’s in a Name: what is an Outsider Artist?

Since I’ve already gnawed on Naïve Art, why not take on an even more vague term – Outsider Art? In the voluminous literature on the subject, one immediately encounters several threads: what is outsider art?; how is it different than other related art forms like naïve, folk, etc.; what is “authentic” outsider art?; what is the value of the artists story? What is its relation to the commercial market?First, where does the name “outsider” come from?“In the 1940s, French artist Jean Dubuffet coined the termArt Brut, which literally translates to “raw art,” to classify artwork free from the cultural and... Continue reading »