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Visionaries and Outcasts: The NEA, Congress, and the Place of the Visual Arts in America (New Press, 2001)
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CRISIS AND CRITICISM
by Ben Davis



It may feel a bit odd to return to the well-worn theme of the "crisis in criticism" at a time that is colloquially referred to as the "Worst Economic Crisis since the Great Depression." Ruminating on the relative merits of descriptive vs. prescriptive criticism while art critics are being unceremoniously shit-canned left and right would seem to be, you know, a bit of a tangent.

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