Criticism as an artist

A reflection on art criticism, from Oscar Wilde to Carla Lonzi

In line with the "Ontology of Art" project presented last year, we are proposing a collective reflection on the role of art criticism, deliberately maintaining the ambiguity of the term "critic," which can be interpreted both as the figure of a woman playing a specific role and as the process of discussing visual art. Our analysis will take as its starting point Oscar Wilde's essay entitled "The Critic as Artist," written in 1891, and then extend to Carla Lonzi's contribution regarding this topic. In her 1970 book, "Let's Spit on Hegel," Carla Lonzi makes the radical decision to abandon conventional art criticism, opening up new theoretical and practical perspectives on women's creativity and the emancipation of women in the arts.