Although it does not portend to answer these three (admittedly half-sillly) questions, “The Critical Moment:
Abstract Expressionism’s Dueling Duo,” recently published in Humantities, does address a fourth: Where was art criticism in its finest moment? From the article:
“As American modern art reached
its apex in the 1950s through the flowering of Abstract Expressionism, art criticism achieved a glittering purity of
its own—a beautiful high criticism perfectly matched to the period of high art.
The writers who defined the parameters of this criticism were Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) and Harold Rosenberg (1906-1978).”
Click here to read about the “Grapple in the Big Apple” between these two critical opponents. Makes you want to say, those were the days, until you realize you’re turning into your mother, which maybe isn’t the worst thing, but still.