The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book Architects at Risk: How Architects are under attack, by David W. Williams, published by Penguin.
David Williams, author of Architects at the Crossroads, will speak about the role of architecture critic in a wide-ranging discussion about the state of the profession.
Williams will be joined by fellow architecture critic Dan Gilbert, a self-described “architectophile.”
“I think one of the most important things about the profession in the last five to 10 years is the rise of criticism,” said Williams.
“The art form has changed so much in the past five or 10 years.
And so we need a different style of critic that isn’t just making up facts.”
Williams, who teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said the rise in online criticism is a “game changer.”
“Online criticism is what the internet has given us,” he said.
“It is the next big thing in criticism.
It has been a new medium for art criticism for many years.
It is not just a technical aspect of criticism, but a critical tool.
It really is something that has changed the way art is done.”
The criticism is more personal, but the same can be said of the art form, Williams said.
“I’ve seen some amazing art in art school and not much else, and I feel like it’s a bit like art, but you can’t really understand it without being able to talk to the artist,” he added.
“There is this amazing sense of connection between the work and the person making it, and it’s very difficult to do art when you don’t know who the artist is.
The art world is really difficult.”
Williams was in Paris this week for the International Conference on Contemporary Art, which includes exhibitions by New York’s Banksy and Damien Hirst.
“The fact that there are people who are so angry with the profession and feel so isolated and have to be so critical and so angry is absolutely amazing,” said Richard Oates, author and professor of design and urban design at the Royal Academy of Art.
“They are doing this because they feel they’re being ignored and they feel that they have been left behind by the art world.”‘
Art as therapy’In the art-world, critics often have to confront issues that aren’t necessarily easy for them to solve.
In this year’s “art as therapy,” Williams will address the problem of criticism as a therapist.
The book will include a chapter on the rise and fall of criticism.
According to Williams, the profession has changed since he started.
“[The art world] was very much the art business.
You’d get a job and you’d make money and you were supposed to be doing your art, or whatever.
Now, it’s not quite the same thing,” he explained.
Art critics are under assault by a new breed of “art critics” who “want to change the way that we do criticism” and make it “a more personal and intimate art form,” Williams said, adding that the term “art critic” is “a little bit scary.”
“I’m a critic.
I’m a person who loves art.
I love art.
And I want to be able to do the best I can to be a critic, and that means making art that I feel is interesting, and the best art I can,” he continued.
However, it is not all doom and gloom.
Williams says that critics often find the art of their work interesting.
“It’s always a bit weird.
And sometimes it’s hard to keep it going,” he concluded.
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