It should have become abundantly clear in recent years that the function of criticism, for the most part, is to serve as a more or less sophisticated public relations or promotional apparatus. This is less a function of the critic’s active partisanship… than a consequence of the fact that most contemporary art criticism is innocent of its own politics, its own interests, and its own ideology. In fact, the promotional aspect of most art criticism drives from the larger institutional and discursive structures of art. In this respect, the scholarly monograph, the temporary exhibition, the discipline of art history, and last but not least, the museum itself, are essentially celebratory entities. Further - and at the risk of stating the obvious - the institutions and discourses that collectively function to construct the object “art” are allied to the material determinations of the marketplace, which themselves establish and confirm the commodity status of the work of art. Abigail Solomon-Godeau, making critics everywhere sad.