Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tokenism, Quasi-Criticism and other failings...

As mentioned here before, I have a love/hate relationship with Christopher Allen and his latest highlights once again his inability (or unwillingness) to talk about the formal qualities of photographic images. With the exception of one half-hearted paragraph that closes the article he is completely absorbed in content and treats the show at the NGV as a museum exposition rather than art exhibition.

Works by Atget, Abbott, Stieglitz and Steichen are relegated to 'documentation' in his writing with the occasional adjective inserted to value it as some form of tokenistic, 'critical' writing.

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