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Holland Cotter at the New School, Nov. 11, 2010
Photo by Phyllis Tuchman

by Walter Robinson

Well do I remember my first AICA meeting. It was in the 1970s, and the U.S. section of the UNESCO-affiliated French critics association, the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art, was nothing if not moribund. Back then, Artforum was smart, Avalanche was smarter and Art & Language and Joseph Kosuth’s The Fox were smarter still, and the last thing art critics needed was some clueless professional association.