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Critiquing art involves more than mere subjective opinion-based statements concerning artworks, it is an evaluation based on a variety of criteria. Although philosophers and thinkers have discussed art in a variety of ways for centuries, Art Criticism as a modern genre of writing began in France in the 18th century and was popularized by the works of Diderot, one of the foremost figures of the Enlightenment period. Today, with digital communication technologies art criticism has moved away from traditional high-culture channels and there are numerous web-blogs and popular magazines that produce critiques that are respected in the art world.

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Cult Sci-Fi Movies: Discover the 10 Best Intergalactic, Astonishing, Far-Out, and Epic Cinema Classics

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The Washington Post Pulitzers: Phil Kennicott, Criticism by Phil Kennicott & The Washington PostRecipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

For critic Philip Kennicott, the line between art and social criticism is a thin one. In a voice both knowledgeable and compassionate, Kennicott joins his readers in contemplating the much deeper meaning underlying aesthetics.

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Magritte's Labyrinth by Ellen Handler SpitzGertrude Stein once asked why certain painted pictures engrave themselves into our minds with fierce tenacity. Why do they unsettle us? The enigmatic art of Belgian Surrealist artist René Magritte has long been subject to art historical and philosophical inquiry and mined by the worlds of advertising, illustration, and film. Yet Stein's questions are rarely asked. "Magritte's Labyrinth" takes them on. It introduces a vital psychological perspective that has gone missing. Beyond manifest cognitive dissonance, it questions the powerful emotional impact of Magritte's painted imagery.

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The New Philistines: (Provocations) by Sohrab Ahmari

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The Films in My Life by Fran?ois TruffautAn icon. A rebel. A legend. The films of Francois Truffaut defined an exhilarating new form of cinema for moviegoers the world over.

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Hopes and Fears for Art (1882)

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