Design Criticism


Like the ghost, the critic dreams of agitating the artist’s intuition, increasing their suspicion that something is wrong, spurring them on to wild, desperate acts. But this is vanity. When asked if they had ever done anything to change their work as the result of criticism, William Eggleston and Lee Friedlander answered with a resounding, almost simultaneous, “NO!” This is also vanity.

—— John Pilson