The decline of criticism

It’s not easy to find the right sort of critic to review this kind of art:

Beginning next Tuesday, Shvarts will be displaying her senior art project, a documentation of a nine-month process during which she artificially inseminated herself “as often as possible” while periodically taking abortifacient drugs to induce miscarriages. Her exhibition will feature video recordings of these forced miscarriages as well as preserved collections of the blood from the process.

It’s rather a pity that the noted Dutch film critic M. Bouyeri isn’t presently at liberty to display his own striking form of performance review. Actually, I expect this to turn out to be the usual collegiate fraud.


Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials. She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages. The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body.

How did I know? Because if a college girl is saying something that has drawn media attention, the probability that what she is saying is untrue rises towards certainty in correspondence with the amount of media coverage. If you haven’t figured this out yet, you simply haven’t been paying attention.