Our class was given the wonderful opportunity of an inside look at the realities of the art criticism world by art critic, Christina Rees. Her presentation consisted of her personal life as well as her positive and negative experiences as a critic.
One of her main pieces of advice for us was that this profession and it’s community is not one our country deems significant or financially supreme. But, it is exponentially rewarding and personally fulfilling — not to mention, you get to actually enjoy going to work. Rees explained in much detail that because the art criticism world is so small, it is not easy to establish yourself. Her transparency about the difficulty of creating a name for yourself and finding connections, was comforting to me because I appreciate knowing what exactly to expect.
I am glad we were instructed to read some of her pieces from Glasstire before coming to class, because it helped to have an idea of what her writing style was like. I came to the conclusion that she is as a critic because she does not fear giving negative criticism. She even made note of the lack of negative criticism the Texas art scene, and how it’s something that needs to be addressed and changed. I would say she may have been hinting at us/our generation of art writers and appreciators to stimulate that change. Personally, I enjoy writing negative criticism because I feel that I am able to write in a way that isn’t directed at what the artist did wrong, but more about what was missing and what could have made their work(s) better. And Rees made me feel a lot more comfortable about knowing there is a need for negative criticism and that it’s important.
I was very pleased to hear Christina Rees speak and give her advice to us future art critics. I feel more prepared and aware of what is ahead of me.