Introducing 'The Ends of Art Criticism' by Patricia Bickers

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Working under lockdown conditions during the Covid pandemic has underlined, perhaps as never before in recent memory, the vital importance of communication, of making your voice heard. Art criticism is first and foremost part of a conversation, and the role of the art critic or writer is to join in, and sometimes initiate informed – critical – conversations about art. The critic’s role is not about achieving critical consensus, which only serves the art market, but about helping to open up debate, not least about the nature of art and criticism, and reaching out to the widest possible audiences while never forgetting that they themselves constitute part of those audiences for art.