Should Critics Use Social Networks?

by Zoë Pollock

James Panero unloads on the art critic Jerry Saltz, a social media star:

[Saltz has] flipped the traditional critic’s role from peripheral character to central actor. His comment writers, many of them wayward artists, are now the critics, while he has become the new art star around which they circulate. Jerry Saltz has become “Jerry Saltz,” a socially networked performance piece of art criticism.

The material intimacy of direct artistic experienceseeing paint, sensing the artist’s handdoes not emerge from social networking. Rather, great art offers a necessary alternative to an over-mediated culture.