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News 2017: (US) The Art's Fuse Article on the State of Reviewers in the Arts' Scene (by Bill Marx, Nov 2016)

Contributed by admin on Nov 16, 2016 - 10:27 AM

"In his November 9th piece for Deadline Hollywood, Jeremy Gerard reports that the bottom is falling out for serious arts criticism at The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Reviewers will be fighting for their existence in the online equivalent of journalistic death cage matches: picked off in hybrid lifestyle sections, such as the Journal‘s new “Life and Arts.” And that fade-out encourages publications lower on the food chain to ditch arts criticism, if they haven’t already. Or it serves as an excuse to let reviews gently dangle over the edge of the cliff, as The Boston Globe is doing with its move to have non-profit organizations pay for arts criticism. ...

... Of course, when cultural coverage is cut it is the small and medium-sized arts organizations that suffer the most. The larger organizations have the funding muscle and tony connections (as well as the advertising/marketing/social media clout) to generate interest in their wares. It is the marginal, the innovative, the iconoclastic, the un-safe indie artists in need of attention who feel the full Darwinian fury. The actions at the NYTimes and Wall Street Journal are the culmination of a process that began in earnest during the 1990s — mainstream newspapers and magazines decided it was just fine to abdicate their responsibility (which goes back to the early 19th century) to generate thoughtful dialogue about the arts, particularly to weigh in on issues of their quality. " ...

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