The Globe tells us that we will be gaining compelling stories. What are we losing? Invitations to think seriously about artistic accomplishment and failure.
A.O. Scott’s hurrah for criticism should be savored by anyone interested in how we articulate the value of the arts.
The Arts Fuse is developing a new initiative: the Arts Critic Mentorship Program and celebrates turning nine!
Those who care about the future of American arts and culture should financially support this magazine and other valiant efforts to articulate the significance of the arts.
Fighting for the intellectual integrity and independence of arts reviews means demanding more analysis and less sales talk.
“Criticism will always have the force of the child in the story about the emperor’s new clothes, because there will always be naked emperors who everybody says are wearing today’s Crown Jewels.” — Eric Bentley
Criticism is vital to our time because it is a form of witnessing, testimony to the possibility that the richness and joy of the arts can be articulated in ways that invite intellectual contentiousness in the midst of community.
Nowhere do I say in the piece that The Arts Fuse is all good and everyone else is all bad.
According to our docile mainstream media, Boston enjoys a perpetual Renaissance — the merchandise in the cultural window is always worth buying. And that predictability makes for very boring journalism.
Based on Public Editor Arthur S. Brisbane’s recent New York Times column on arts criticism, he and others at the newspaper haven’t much of a clue regarding what a serious arts review is supposed to be.