Our guest speaker on Tuesday, Christina Rees, shone a very insightful and honest light on life as editor for the Texas’s art website Glasstire. Rees didn’t throw any punches when she talked openly and in depth about her personal and professional experiences within the art writing realm. Being a true Texan at heart, she’s had a career in journalism spanning from the 90s living in art meccas such as NYC and London. She later returned home to Dallas in 2014 to take on Glasstire.
Rees is one of four editors at Glasstire that give art criticism the respect and full candor that tends to get glossed over by other websites. In her lecture, she stated more than once that she isn’t afraid to be blunt with artists and their work in order to be fair to the artist. I agree with her in that constructive criticism is essential for anyone who takes art seriously. When one deletes argument, one deletes dialogue, discussion, and the exchanging of ideas. That’s not to say all of her reviews are negative. Quite the contrary. Only 1 in 5 articles on the actual website are negative. Sadly, however, she stated those tend to be more memorable than the positive ones.
I truly enjoyed how genuine and informative she was throughout her discussion. I also share her weariness of what lies ahead for the art critic world as well as for the artists themselves. What I took away above everything else from her talk was to continue collaborating and discussing ideas with people and not feel the need to censor ourselves for anyone. By being critical with art and not being censored, we in fact might just save it.