Jones' Still/ Here, when the New Yorkers Arlene Croce--without having seen the work--complained about "dancers I'm forced to feel sorry for because of the way they present themselves: as dissed blacks, abused women or disfranchised homosexuals--as performers, in short, who make out of victimhood victim art
." Jones, taking offense as a dancer, choreographer and person, returned the favor by claiming Croce was among those who "have a frightened and limited definition of normal."
Drug blamed for deaths victim Art
Yehosuha, as having told Grossman that he didn't have to worry about its reception because he was "protected." (He later regretted having made the comment.) We come away with a sense that this book is fated to be treated with kid gloves, as a complex species of "victim art
"which is basically what has transpired, with most of the reviews sounding an awed and deferential note, such as Colm Toibin's rhapsodic but strangely generic cover review in The New York Times Book Review.
The controversial work provoked a high-culture war with certain critics, like Arlene Croce of The New Yorker, who infamously wrote about her refusal to see the piece (which she called "victim art
") and instead wrote about what she'd heard of Still/ Here.
CANCER VICTIM Art
dealer and author Christopher Wood.
Jones's highly controversial dance-theatre piece about life-threatening illnesses--AIDS, cancer and depression--criticized by many as "victim art
" and extolled by others as revolutionary, tours the country after a stint at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Thunder Rolling in the Mountains is a classic example of victim art
, where the emphasis is placed solely on the victim and the story is simplified into broad stereotypes--in this case, the victimized Indians and the victimizing whites.
"On Victim Art
: Dance This Diss Around." Artforum Apr.
Rather, she used her considerable clout as a "magisterial critic," in the words of Village Voice reviewer Deborah Jowett,(2) to discredit an entire category of creative endeavor which she labels - in a phrase she plainly considers oxymoronic - "victim art
But then, in all the above, and as sensually, Carter cross-dresses with a will from skin to fur, opposing "victim art
" as trenchantly as did Lawrence before her.
If only because of their intrepid advent in the wake of last year's demonizing of "victim art
," Beth B's simultaneous film retrospective and exhibitions struck bracing poses this winter.
But the celebrated New Yorker article by Croce began with the proud affirmation that she chose not to review--or even attend--Still/Here, since "by working dying people into his act, Jones is putting himself beyond the reach of criticism." Nonetheless, Croce went on to attack not only Jones and "victim art
" (which she saw his piece as exemplifying) but also N.E.A.