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Dorota Jarecka

DOROTA JARECKA is an art critic and art historian based in Warsaw. From 1996 to 2012 she was a full-time journalist at the Polish daily newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza. Since 2012 she has been a freelance writer. She organized the “Critics and Critics” program and the art writing workshop, both at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2011-12. The following year she ran the series “Marxism and Art,” also at the Museum of Modern Art, in cooperation with Warsaw University. She was co-curator of the show Erna Rosenstein. I Can Repeat Only Unconsiously at the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw in 2011, which will be followed by the book of the same title to be published this year. She is co-editor, with Wanda Siedlecka, of the publication Krystiana Robb-Narbutt. Drawings, Objects, Studio (Warsaw 2012) and the author of the book Let it be. Dorota Jarecka talks to Anda Rottenberg (Warsaw 2013). She is a member of Obywatelskie Forum Sztuki Współczesnej (Citizens Forum for Contemporary Art) and the International Association of Art Critics. In 2012 she received the Jerzy Stajuda Prize for Art Criticism.

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The Current State of Art Criticism in Poland

The famous Polish writer Tadeusz Konwicki once said that there is only one section of the newspapers that is more boring than obituaries—the art reviews. This is not to say that he was not interested in art.

Poland

Katarzyna Kozyra with Dorota Jarecka

To be an art critic is to assume an authoritarian position. The whole idea of making judgments is based on power, which is typical for modernity. And I think that the role of an art critic is dying down simply because modernity is dying down. Can a critic’s use of power verge on abuse?

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The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2019

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