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THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens

To Paul, Sybil and Phoebe

Criticism is easy, and art is difficult.

--Phillipp Néricault Destouches (1680-1754)

Arthur’s recent but rising dyspepsia concerning what he was seeing in the galleries owed mostly to his feeling old and increasingly out of touch with the postmodern art world. He wasn’t that square; he genuinely liked modern art, especially abstract art, all the way up to and including Minimalism. High-end formalism was king o’ the hill back when he was a graduate art history student. Nowadays, Arthur complained constantly (but mostly inwardly): all that goddamned storytelling art that had put him to sleep during any number of slide lectures slipped -- albeit morphed into PC agitprop -- back into fashion at about the same time he’d become a professional art critic. And it had only gotten more pervasive since.
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The Art Ctitic
Aug. 22, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
In Chapter 1 of this novel, to be published in Artnet Magazine: an exhibition season in the life of Arthur, the art-world-weary critic for a weekly news magazine.
Aug. 29, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 2.
Sept. 4, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 3.
Sept. 9, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 4.
Sept. 12, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 5.
Sept. 16, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 6.
Sept. 19, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 7.
Sept. 23, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 8.
Sept. 26, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 9.
Sept. 30, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 10.
Oct. 2, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 11.
Oct. 7, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 12.
Oct. 10, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 13.
Oct. 14, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 14.
Oct. 17, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 15.
Oct. 21, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 16.
Oct. 24, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 17.
Oct. 28, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 18.
Oct. 31, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 19.
Nov. 4, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 20.
Nov. 7, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 21.
Nov. 11, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 22.
Nov. 14, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 23.
Nov. 18, 2008
THE ART CRITIC
by Peter Plagens
A novel, chapter 24, the end.




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