A new book collects Peter Schjeldahl's New Yorker writings
Writings on Art from The New Yorker
by Peter Schjeldahl
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Accompanying the current art-market boom is a pervasive worry among critics as to whether their opinions really matter any longer. The fear is that collectors' tastes—more crudely, their money—will trump critics' judgments every time. In the face of this potential irrelevance, panels, symposia, blogs, and books have been conjured to discuss the matter; thankfully, this public hand-wringing is frequently leavened with a dose of self-reflective humor. Yet as the most cynical art critic will admit, galleries still closely monitor reviews of their exhibitions, and they continue to insert even the smallest published clip into that three-ring black binder used to gather information on an artist's career—a compendium usually featured at the front desk when it's her or his chance to show.
As staff art critic for the New
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