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Photo: Maruša Sagadin © Laura Schaeffler
To the degree that the contemporary art world impresses by record sales and attaches monetary criteria to valuating art, the orienting and contextualizing role of art criticism seems to be falling short of reaching a critical mass among the art public any more. Once useful as a provider of new criteria of judgement and navigation help in the face of a steady flow of constantly new artistic practice, the influence of art criticism is experiencing a decline. What can put art criticism back on the agenda of the art scene and let it regain its original role? And what else could art criticism involve? With populism gaining ground, may it for instance play a bigger role to foster a greater sensitivity and appreciation towards artistic practice and critical thinking as such among a wider public, beyond the established circles of the art scene?
Vincenzo Della Corte, Gallerist, VIN VIN, Vienna
Maruša Sagadin, Artist, Vienna
Chloe Stead, Art Critic, Writer, Berlin
Moderator: Alexandra-Maria Toth, Editor of Art Platform Collectors Agenda, Vienna