• On The Passing Of Two Critics

    Date posted: April 26, 2012 Author: jolanta

    Two recent deaths in the art world have caused some reflection on the state of criticism.  Firstly, is Amos Vogel.  Vogel was one of the most influential cineasts in New York City. He was best known for his seminal book Film as a Subversive Art (1974).  He was also the founder of the New York City avantgarde ciné-club Cinema 16 (1947–1963), where helped launch the first films of Roman Polanski, John Cassavetes, Nagisa Oshima, Jacques Rivette and Alain Resnais as well as early and important screenings by American avant-gardists of the time like Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, James Broughton, Kenneth Anger, Sidney Peterson, Bruce Conner, Carmen D’Avino and many others.  His passing marks history, as any major figure to work with the artists of their time in a profoundly intimate way.

    “He was best known for his seminal book Film as a Subversive Art (1974)”


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    On The Passing Of Two Critics

    By NY Arts

     

    Two recent deaths in the art world have caused some reflection on the state of criticism.  Firstly, is Amos Vogel.  Vogel was one of the most influential cineasts in New York City. He was best known for his seminal book Film as a Subversive Art (1974).  He was also the founder of the New York City avantgarde ciné-club Cinema 16 (1947–1963), where helped launch the first films of Roman Polanski, John Cassavetes, Nagisa Oshima, Jacques Rivette and Alain Resnais as well as early and important screenings by American avant-gardists of the time like Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, James Broughton, Kenneth Anger, Sidney Peterson, Bruce Conner, Carmen D’Avino and many others.  His passing marks history, as any major figure to work with the artists of their time in a profoundly intimate way. 

    And most recently Artnet writer, Charlie Finch reports that Jackie McAllister, artist, critic, curator and former editor of NY Arts Magazine has died.  Jackie McAllister  (1962-2012) was a contributing writer to Zing Magazine and exhibited alongside artists like Ross Knight from Team Gallery at the former American Fine Arts in NYC.

    Former site of American Fine Arts.

     

    Finch goes on to relate that “Jackie lived up 12th Street from me with his vibrant companion, underrated surrealist painter Diana Balton (collected forever by nonpareil actor David Allan Grier, by the way), and few days passed without Jackie bearding me with, “I’ve got a catalogue for you, Charlie,” or “here’s an artist who should get your attention, Charlie,” in his wonderful clipped brogue.”

     

     

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