The Situation of Art Criticism in Europe

What is the situation of art criticism in Europe? How should we talk about art criticism in a local geo-cultural context while art is becoming a global phenomenon? What role does social media play in making local art criticism globally accessible? What is the role of the art critic in shaping identity of local art? These are only a few questions, which noted scholars and critics from the U.K., Spain, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic will address during the panel discussion Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe.

It will be held at Instituto Cervantes New York, 211 E 49th Street, New York on Sunday 27 April 2014 from 3-6 pm.

Moderated by Hyperallergic's co-founder and editor Hrag Vartanian, the discussion will begin with opening remarks by Marek Bartelik PhD, president of AICA International, followed by a presentation by each panelist about the current state of art criticism in their representative country with the emphasis on criticism in daily newspapers. The panelists include: Dorota Jarecka (Poland), Marja-Terttu Kivirinta (Finland), Javier Montes (Spain), Jonathan T. D. Neil (U.K.) and Tomáš Pospiszyl (Czech Republic).

This panel will be accompanied by a special issue of the Brooklyn Rail, devoted to art criticism in Europe and the United States, scheduled for May 2014.

This event is produced in collaboration between AICA International and EUNIC New York members: Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The Czech Center New York, Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain and the Polish Cultural Institute New York. Media partners are Hyperallergic and Brooklyn Rail.