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BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada’s Best Critic Quotes 2013

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BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada’s Best Critic Quotes 2013

by Sky Goodden

BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada continued its “Critics’ Q&A” series, this year, querying five leading art writers on subjects of import to a practice perilously poised at the threshold of immateriality (in a market ever-concerned with material influence). We discuss negative criticism, provincialism, Canadian art politics, east versus west, theory and accessibility, and description over analysis. Read on for the best responses, ranging from the provocative to the profound to the maybe-even-petulant.

Nicolas Mavrikakis, Montreal

What are the differences between art criticism in Quebec and the rest of Canada?

I think art criticism in the past was more developed in Quebec, but in the last 15 years, I’ve noticed that there is less and less space for criticism in our newspapers. If we talk about art magazines, we have a lot of good ones in Quebec, but the loss of Parachute in 2007 was hard for our art scene. To be honest (I will not have many friends left after this interview), I don’t see many true art critics in newspapers in Canada, Quebec, or even around the world. People tend just to describe work and provide short explanations; who tries to give an intellectual view and interpretation about works of art anymore? Who wants to be hated because he or she says that he or she finds that a work is not so intelligent or original and explains why? Also, what happened to the presence of art theory in the artworld (outside the university)?; it’s a mystery.

What do you see as the political value of criticism? What should criticism aim to do?

Art criticism should be about politics in the broadest sense. Always. It should be about giving another point of view, about trying to show how it’s possible to see the world otherwise, how to defy the dominant discourse. That’s why I hate academic work in the spotlight so much these days. I see so many works done for decorative purposes only. We’re lucky in Quebec to have so many artist-run centers that don’t care about selling. Artists should focus on experimentation more.

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