Eyewitness: Reports From An Art World In Crisis

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As art critic for The New Republic, Jed Perl is renowned for combining a passion for art and a skepticism about the current art establishment with an ability to write about art in the context of our larger culture. In this collection of essays, including two written especially for this book, he delivers a brilliant mixture of first-rate art criticism and politically informed insight into the true workings of the American art world.Perl offers incisive analysis into the marketing mentality that dominates today's museums, the poverty of academic criticism, and the changing expectations of the gallery-going public. He re-evaluates the old masters, and turns an avid, unprejudiced eye on the works of his contemporaries. He laments the collapse of a gallery culture that once allowed artists to develop slowly, and argues for a radical reassessment of the way art is presented to—and is viewed by—the public.

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Art critic Jed Perl has a theory about the state of the contemporary art scene. He believes that the art world--which he defines as an ideal community of dealers, collectors, curators, and viewers who support artists over the long term, regardless of market or other forces--is on the verge of extinction. Primarily he blames the art-market publicity machine and the complicity of major magazine editors and crowd-hungry museum directors. Together, they overhype already-successful artists like Cindy Sherman and Julian Schnabel to the detriment of the "different, unglamorous, half-buried scene" composed of emerging artists and denizens whose work has consistently evolved over the course of long, quiet careers. Eyewitness is a collection of Perl's essays, written over the last decade or so, in which he single-mindedly pursues his definition of a healthy art world and the perils that threaten its existence. His writing on wide-ranging subjects such as the 1995 Whitney Biennial, the audio component of Bruce Nauman's sculpture, the building of L.A.'s Getty Center, and a 1997 exhibition of Braque's mid-century masterpieces is filled with predictions about the trajectory of the art world, many of them dire, some of them worthy of serious consideration. Readers will likely react strongly to Perl's occasional rants, but what cannot be refuted is that, as art critic for the New Republic, he is extremely knowledgeable about his topic. He writes simply and accessibly and suggests interesting ideas for consideration. Eyewitness is a relevant read for anyone connected to the art world, including even the occasional museum visitor or gallerygoer. --Jordana Moskowitz

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Jed Perl is art critic of The New Republic. He has been a contributing editor of Vogue, a columnist for Salma-gundi, and a regular contributor to The New Criterion. Widely respected as an independent voice on art and culture, he has also written for Partisan Review and The New York Times Book Review and appeared on CNN, NPR, and 147The McNeill/Lehrer Report.148 He lives in New York City.

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