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December 09, 2003

Disparagement

James Fenton writes on art criticism in The Guardian.

This kind of stance - "nothing is good enough for me!" - is extremely easy to maintain. All you need is a gift for disparagement, and disparagement in this world can be extremely effective.

Fenton's article makes an interesting case for the perils of too exclusive taste for the life of museum collections. But I think this observation on how easy it is to adopt of pose of disparagement speaks volumes for much else our elites have to say to us.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 9, 2003 08:08 AM