Saturday, October 22, 2022

Remembering the art criticism of Peter Schjeldahl (1942-2022)

Peter Schjeldahl (1942-2022) was the New Yorker's art critic from 1998 until his death yesterday. He was the magazine's only regular critic whose articles I read even when the subject didn't interest me. He had two excellent characteristics of a good critic: first, he always found an angle or an idea that made the work under discussion speak to me even when I'd never had any experience of it. Secondly, he could not only change his mind but also reflect on why: I often recall an article about a Roy Lichtenstein retrospective that traced the development of his response to the artist from dislike to respect over the course of decades. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 22 October 2022)

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