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Schjeldahl hurts David Bonetti’s feelings

St. Louis Post-Dispatch art critic David Bonetti has just finished reading Seven Days in the Art World, and he isn’t happy. “Rodney Dangerfield ain�t got nothin on me. I�m a loser, baby, so why don�t you kill me. At least that�s what The New Yorker�s art critic Peter Schjeldahl implies. In discussing the role of art criticism with Sarah Thornton for her dishy but well-researched and well-written book, he said, ‘You�re not going to get a good art critic in St. Louis.’ Imagine me – an art critic in St. Louis – reading Thornton�s account of art world people and events with great enjoyment and then coming upon that bombshell! (On page 157, if you want to check it out.) Didn�t Schjeldahl know that it�s usually my job to put down what passes as the art world in the Lou? He usurpt my role and he didn�t even give me any credit! Okay, I know he was most likely using St. Louis as an example of fly-over cities and he didn�t specifically mean St. Louis, i.e. me. But why couldn�t he have chosen Atlanta or Milwaukee and let the art critics in those cities, if there are any, have that weird experience of being insulted synecdochically in a book they were reading?” Read more.Related posts:
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