JED PERL is the art critic for the New Republic. Among his books are New Art City, Antoine’s Alphabet, and Eyewitness. A new collection of his essays, Magicians and Charlatans, has just been published by the Eakins Press Foundation.
I see no fundamental difference between art criticism and the criticism of dance or poetry or movies or any other creative endeavor. I regard all criticism as related, more or less, and I believe that the critic, before all else, is an individual with tastes and passions and prejudices.