Listen to the interview here.
Art criticism is a subject I covered from time to time in my old online diary. So much so that after awhile, D.K. Row rarely looked my way in a crowded room. I never felt particularly comfortable or happy about that. So it was with a strange baited breath that I made the phone call to David at the Oregonian: Are you indeed leaving? And if so, is anyone writing about art there?
Hence, my reason for the panel of art critics on KBOO tomorrow.
It is official: D.K. Row is no longer The Art Critic. But he’s not leaving. He’ll write about philanthropy, amongst other things (which still peaks my interest, in ways I’ll detail in a future post) at the paper. But as to who will be writing and how they will do it, he couldn’t say.
So it’s possible there will no longer be this major voice at the Oregonian. Whatever sparing I do with an art critic, I find this to be sad (if it’s true). Some say it’s all up to the Internet and blogs now, but for me that’s not the case. Not yet anyway.
The authority of the paper is something we rile against, talk to and around. That authority may have dimmed in some ways – but I don’t think that we found a replacement, at least not here in this town. And I want to say publicly that while I had my frictions with the O, D.K. Row in particular did so much for Lovelake and for so many artists who matter to me. And I now realize that nobody has got to do anything. We can talk about reporting the news, blah blah, but writers do choose the news.