Art Criticism in the Face of the Crisis

Chronicle by Mathilde Roman

The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted the fragilities of the cultural system, and has brought out the need to reflect and militate for better valorisation of certain working conditions, such as those of art critics. While this fundamentally transversal, non-academic writing practice engaging with works and artists cannot be considered separately from a global ecosystem, it is nonetheless striking the way this system often overlooks its demands. Benefitting from collaboration between the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and Switch (on Paper), Mathilde Roman has conducted a survey to discuss the economic realities of art critics in times of crisis.