Plus, losing critical voices tends to hurt smaller arts organizations that need a good, widely read, review to build audience for their work.
If I were those smaller orgs, I would start reaching out and supporting a few of the good online art critics. I'd make sure they came to my shows, I would give them info to report, maybe even buy an ad or two on their site (if they are into that sort of thing).
Trust me, you need a few of those critics with a small audience to become critics with a large audience . . . so don't be afraid to help them on their way.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Don't Fear the Online Critic
Blogger Mission Paradox is counted among those who are going to miss all those print critics. He points out that Strong, credible critical voices can make somebody take a risk on a new work, or even a new art form. He goes on: