The Easel

Transformed by crisis, arts criticism may never be the same. And that’s a good thing

With most galleries closed, the arts economy is being devastated. Will art criticism also decline? The writer is surprisingly upbeat. Without the schedule of new shows to cover, he is spending more time thinking about what matters. “I feel far more free to like things without permission. … perhaps that will be the essence of after-pandemic criticism. More personal, more to the point, more empathetic, more open and less formulaic.”