Dag Solhjell (b. 1941) is an art sociologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Oslo. He has for many years specialized in critical writing about art institutions. Since 1992 he has worked as a freelance researcher and art critic. In 2012 he published a book on the Norwegian field of art with Jon Øien. In 2013 he published a book about the fate after 1945 of the Norwegian artists that had collaborated with the Nazi regime in Norway 1940 - 1945, with Hans Fredrik Dahl as co-author. In 2013 he also published a book about the tax case of the painter Odd Nerdrum, who was convicted to 2 years and 10 months confinement in jail for tax fraud. The book shows the conviction was a miscarriage of justice.
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Art criticism is always performed within a certain context. I will therefore start this overview with a short presentation of the Norwegian art world, before addressing the activity of art criticism.