Organized around two panels and a keynote address, Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism seeks to confront what is at stake in the shifting value of judgment within contemporary art writing today.

Panel One: Some commentators have located the demise of judgment within the massive proliferation of art styles in the closing decades of the twentieth century. Others have laid the blame at the feet of such culprits as the recently inflated art market and the legacy of institutional critique. In this platform Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, John O’Brian, and William Wood debate the manner in which judgment has (and has not) returned in the contemporary art review.

Panel Two: Literary, poetic, and genre-blurring forms of art criticism are often seen as part of a reaction against or escape from judgment. But, is this necessarily the case? Can they co-exist? Must judgment, as Christopher Bedford suggests, be predicated on “explicitly stated, clearly enumerated criteria”? Can judgment operate within more experimental modes of art criticism? In this platform, Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, and Maria Fusco question whether lapses in judgment generate productive spaces. What is the role of value and quality assessment in modes of writing that resist becoming entwined with the contemporary art market?

Keynote Address

Panel One

Panel Two