The Easel

Perceptual Inventory: A New Anthology by Barry Schwabsky

“It’s abundantly clear”, the above writer argues, that grand theories of art’s progress have fallen apart. Art criticism does not offer a “master narrative” that distinguishes high art from kitsch. So, what do art critics have to offer? Aesthetic judgement, an ability to link current art to its antecedents, and the memorable phrase: “Gauguin’s Polynesian women … remained as mysterious to him as he was to himself.”