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the “Postartist”

ON A PANEL IN THE EARLY ’90S, I said that art critics come in three types: goalies, cartographers, and evangelists. Goalies—most often reviewers for the popular press—play “defense,” preventing undeserving art from being considered good. While goalies are generally regarded by the art world as either congenital dyspeptics (like me) or political cranks (Hilton Kramer), the best ones aren’t trying to defeat artists. Rather, they encourage artists to raise their games. They defend not against success but against sloppy, indulgent, imitative, witless, and expedient art. Bad goalies, on the other hand, defend themselves against the primacy of the artist. (What goalie save Robert Hughes is better known than the artists he dismisses?) Cartographers are apparently more permissive; they want to make the art landscape more intelligible. The exemplary cartographic essay is Rosalind Krauss’s “Sculpture

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