PETER PLAGENS is a painter whoâs shown with the Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York since 1974, and was also the staff art critic for Newsweek (1989 - 2003). Currently, he writes a bi-weekly art-review column for the Wall Street Journal. He lives in New York City with his wife, the painter Laurie Fendrich.
Middlebrow? Smile When You Say ThatBy Peter Plagens
There are lots of kinds of art criticism. My temperament and experience leads me mostly to short form reviews and medium-length critical essays in more or less plain English, for a lay audience, or at least a non-hermetic part of the art world audience.