The Fate of Philosophical
The artist may shout from all the rooftops that he is a genius; he will
have to wait for the verdict of the spectator in order that his declara-
tions take a social value and that, finally, posterity includes him in the
primers of Art History.
The artwriter too may shout that he is a genius, but he also needs to wait for the verdict of readers in order that his claims are taken seriously. Now when we have a picture of Krauss's development, it is time to evaluate her achievement. What has she accomplished?
A successful philosophical art critic projects an interpretation of his period style, getting his contemporaries to see art through his eyes. Greenberg did this. Krauss, his most important successor, should be evaluated by the same standard. Krauss's dream (and mine) is that philosophical art criticism be intellectually demanding. Contemporary art should be discussed with the same conviction and intelligence as the old masters. Krauss's nightmare (and mine) is that art criticism be merely promotional writing, the art critic just a servant of the art market. She (and I) want art criticism to be more than mere journalist reporting. We want art criticism to make a difference. Are our hopes justified?