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Art Criticism

"The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize" - Robert Hughes 

The field of art criticism has drawn a distinct division in recent history between historical criticism and contemporary criticism.¹ Historical criticism as indicated by its name is the process of criticizing works of art created by artists who are now deceased. Contemporary criticism refers to the criticism of works of art created by artists who are currently living. Art Critics judge art on the basis of esthetic qualities as well as application of theoretical of beauty.¹

The field of art criticism is said to have taken its modern form by the ninth century.¹ Art Critics today belong to an international non-government organization called The International Association of Art Critics which holds roughly 76 national sections.¹


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1. University of Wisconsin. Art Criticism and Formal Analysis Outline. Retrieved May 27, 2014, from