Blake Gopnik is writing a comprehensive biography of Andy Warhol for HarperCollins.
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.
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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.
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.