Rebuilding the relationship between Artists and Their Art Critics

Constructive comments passed by expert art critics about works of artists are under severe dispute. Some artists do not like the remarks made by some critics about their creative works of art, which they feel deserves recognition. These artists think that their profound underpinnings and motivations and the techniques and themes they exercise for their imaginative creations shouldn’t be criticized or even questioned. However, artists must realize that knowledge is the copyright of the person.

“The one creating the track does not know the track he has built behind.”

Indeed, those who are behind an art can objectively and truthfully comment on the path he has created. This proverb emphasizes why artists shouldn’t be ‘unreasonable’ in sticking to what they feel is appropriate. They are human and essential aspects of their painstakingly crafted works of art may escape their eagle eyes.

However, it is natural to feel proud of what a person has thoroughly accomplished, but taking criticisms improves one’s ways of doing the work. Many artists make excuses, sulk, and argue with the individual criticizing them. This chokes the artist’s development and must be avoided.

When given criticism, artists must fight the urge to dispute with the critic or justify your mistake. It will be a smart course for artists to listen to their art critic. Good jewels and robust lessons will surface when one sits back and listen peacefully to criticism about their works of art. Artists must endeavor to separate themselves as much as possible from their works of art when taking the blame to help them look at it impartially.

Moreover, artists must stay calm when experts are presenting constructive criticisms about their works of art. They should be gentle and allow the critic to do all his raving and ranting. Instead of getting defensive, artists must form the attitude of being kind to the art critics and thank them for taking the time to bring such reviews to their attention. Artists must ask defining questions about the criticisms passed on their works, which are ambiguous and vague while asking for ways of improving on those mistakes. If artists do that, it creates a dialogue between them and their critics, which promotes cooperation and an environment for mutual improvement. Artists must understand that they may not always agree with their critics’ opinions because of their standards of judgment, or criteria, which may be very different from those of the expert critic.

Good Critic

One necessary and useful thing that art critics must do to make artists factor in their views is to point out the positives in artists’ efforts. This would prepare the heart of the artist to be conscious of the negative comments. It tells the artist what he is doing right, making him of worth. After starting the criticism with compliments, the critic can then transform by pointing out the work area that needs repair.

It is natural for one to feel that his way of doing things is right, but we need to know that we are blind to our own discoveries. To have a fresh eye to look at our works of art candidly, we as artists need to allow our art critics’ criticisms. Artists must build up a thick skin to be able to accept the constructive criticisms of critics. On the other hand, art critics must be professional in passing objective and useful comments about works of art of artists after a thorough analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of the works. This would guarantee good working relations as well as professional ethics between art critics and artists.

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