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Crítica de Arte: Crisis y Renovacíon/Crisis and Renewal


Critic of Art: Crisis and Renewal

International Congress

21,22,23 June

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid

To criticize is to form a judgment and an opinion about an artistic work or an author, about a true fact. To interpret with foundation. To examine, analyze and conclude without sarcasm. Art criticism is not simply to compare, discard or praise. Not to mention our own interest or indifference without its consequent reasoning. Whoever compares delays the trial.

Is art criticism in crisis? Does it require renewal? What is the basis of the judgment on a work of art? How does art criticism influence collectors? What is collecting? Does a museum have limits? Is art everything exhibited in a museum? Is the market a kind of art criticism? How do new technologies affect art? Is art criticism a whim of elites? How to renew the art critic.

This is the basis and substance content of this AICA International Congress, in collaboration with the Reina Sofia Museum of Art. A Congress that seeks to question to clarify, to doubt to distinguish, to deny the lifeless and to affirm the lively, to flee from the vain rhetoric and to submit to the reality of the facts.

Crisis is a turning point, a shortage, a mutation that happens during an expressive process; it is also “a judgement about a thing after having examined it thoroughly”. Renewal is “to give something a new energy, to change it”.

One of our modern classics says that there are infinite ways of defining art, but that none of them should lack these two elements: emotion and mystery. In her tisane No. 121, affirms Ana Hatherly: “O misterio supremo  é a claridade”. (Supreme mystery is clarity)

And that is what we intend for this debate: clarity, precision, conciseness, judgment and absolute freedom of expression. And respect for those who do not think like us. Hic et Nunc, within the framework of the coetanean art.

Each sector of the Society, in all its aspects, must constantly be testing its foundations and results. Art critics are no exception. Nothing and no one should escape criticism and, consequently, exercise the obligation to criticize. The critics must assume their lights and shadows and demand to put light on those dark or opaque areas because the critic cannot be a tongue twister, nor a phantasmagoric labyrinth, it has to be understood, it must be done to be understood by the spectator.