How did critique become a bad object when, only a few decades ago, it seemed to be the cutting edge of cultural practice? This essay notes some of the recent vicissitudes of the critical enterprise, including the charges that it is destructive, cynical, or simply rote. Rather than a dismissive line, “everybody’s a critic” might suggest the arrival of a truly demotic criticism.
Everybody’s a Critic
Hal Foster is the author of numerous books, including, mostly recently, What Comes After Farce? Art and Criticism at a Time of Debacle (2020). Brutal Aesthetics, his 2018 Mellon Lectures, will soon be published by Princeton University Press. He teaches at Princeton, coedits October, and contributes regularly to the London Review of Books and Artforum.
Hal Foster; Everybody’s a Critic. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 October 2020; 119 (4): 761–765. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-8663663
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