RAPHAEL CUIR is President of AICA France and Vice-President of AICA international. He is the author of The development of the Study of Anatomy from the Renaissance to Cartesianism : da Carpi, Vesalius, Estienne, Bidloo (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009) and has edited and contributed to numerous books including Ouvrir-couvrir (Verdier, 2004) and Il corpo digitale : natura, informazione, merce (G. Giappichelli Editore, 2011). He is the editor of Pourquoi y a-t-il de l'art plutôt que rien ?/"Why is there art rather than nothing ?" an anthology of answers to the title question by famous artists, critics, art historians, curators and philosophers (Archibooks 2009, forthcoming new augmented edition, May 2014). He has been scientific coordinator for the Chair of Research in Creation and Creativity at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris, and a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he taught at Otis College of Art and Design. In 1999 he created the first online art history TV channel. He is a regular contributor to Art Press magazine for which he recently edited a special issue on the theme of "Cyborg".
The Art Scene and the Art Critic in France: A Birds Eye ViewBy Raphael Cuir
In this extremely brief overview, I will outline in five points the current situation of contemporary art in France, and the prospects that it offers for the art critic.
Raphael Cuir Interview by Tania Mouraudtranslated from the French by Nick Irvin
Today, we have perhaps lost sight of the central issues of art criticism. With the weight and importance of the art market, we are expected to believe that we no longer need criticism. In fact its entirely the opposite.