Max Anderson « PREV | NEXT »: What is arts journalism?

October 2, 2009

Don't get the criticism of Anderson

Ok, anti-Max Tweeters. Art museums don't have art critics on their staff, although museums have employed poets to good effect (Frank O'Hara, where are you?). If Max Anderson's museum uses a lot of strategies to engage the audience, that doesn't mean criticism is unnecessary. It's easier for critics to do their jobs, but still vital for them to have an independent place to publish. Where is that place? That place is vanishing as I type.

I met a Seattle actor once, famous in regional theater circles, who said she almost gave up in the early '90s because she wasn't being paid enough to live and couldn't pay her bills with  praise. Afterward, she met and married her husband, who works at Microsoft. I was thinking lately, when we meet journalists in the future, will they say they can afford to cover politics and critics to cover art because they married someone with a salary?
October 2, 2009 10:10 AM | | Comments (1)


Regina, it's been that way in the arts for a very long time.

Leave a comment


Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.


    ARTicles ARTicles is a project of 
    the National Arts Journalism Program, an association of some 500 journalists in the United States. Our group blog is a place for arts and cultural journalists to share ideas and information, to celebrate what we do, and to make the case for its continuing value. ARTicles is edited by Laura Collins-Hughes. To contact her, click here.

    ARTicles Bloggers Meet our bloggers: Sasha Anawalt, MJ Andersen, Alicia Anstead, Laura Bleiberg, Larry Blumenfeld, Jeanne Carstensen, Robert Christgau, Laura Collins-Hughes, Thomas Conner, Lily Tung Crystal, Richard Goldstein, Patti Hartigan, Glenn Kenny, Wendy Lesser, Ruth Lopez, Nancy Malitz, Douglas McLennan, Tom Moon, Abe Peck, Peter Plagens, John Rockwell, Werner Trieschmann, Lesley Valdes and Douglas Wolk. more

    NAJP NAJP is America's largest organization dedicated to the advancement of arts and cultural journalism. The NAJP has produced research, publications and discussions and works to bring together journalists, artists, news executives, cultural organization administrators, funders and others concerned with arts and culture in America today. more

    Join NAJP Join America's largest organization of arts journalists. Here's how more

see all archives


Recent Comments