In November, I published a New York Times essay headlined In Praise of Art Forgeries . Nothing I have written has provoked as strong a reaction including the response by philosopher Alva Noë in these pages. I have since realized that my article touched such a nerve because it raised issues that seemed to dance around art but which are actually central to it.
Im so fond of my now-endangered profession as a mass-media art critic that I dont want to see massive changes to it. I merely want to see its content transformed.
From the beginning, some observerseven some Warhol fans; even (sometimes) Warhol himselfhave claimed that his durational movies were conceptual works whose essence lay in their premises, not in the experience of seeing them.