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Death of an Art Critic / Tod einer Kritikerin

Annika Bender

“The idea behind Donnerstag was to insist on the difference between good art and bad art. I am aware of how anachronistic that sounds and how quickly it evokes the image of an old critic-pontiff wagging his authoritarian pointer finger.”

“But even that image is founded in a misunderstanding: the caricaturesque exaggeration of the critic’s voice as dictatorial. But it’s really nothing more than that very voice. And it pronounces a judgment that is not juridical, but ideally worth nothing more than the argument at its core. It’s far more authoritarian and antidemocratic to deny a public voice the act of judgment and concede to a postheroically styled art writer nothing more than the task of pointing at something. […] Whoever just leaves it at that has also parted ways with any hope of open rivalry between arguments.” —Annika Bender

Sprache: Englisch, Deutsch