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the critics lineup

SOON IT’LL BE SPRINGTIME WHEN, as everybody knows, the hickory meets the horsehide. But it’s also the time when on the playing fields of Chelsea and SoHo and in a few elegant old white cubes up on Fifty-seventh Street—the hermeneutics meet the horseshit. Yep, it’s the second half of the art season. Last fall, two blockbuster moves changed the critics’ lineup, and the effects are just starting to be felt around the league. Here’s our (somewhat belated) scouting report.


(from The Village Voice to The New Yorker): 56 years old, 6’ 0", 165 lbs., living white male.

THE SITCH: Under new skipper David Remnick, the post-Tina, post-celebrity-suckup New Yorker wants an every-fortnight art critic, so Schjeldahl replaces a platoon of designated hitters: Adam Gopnik (a flaneur who’s only interested in batting in the big MoMA games), Simon Schama (a natural historian who always seems

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