Interview With Art Critic, Robert Pincus

In June, 2010, Bob Pincus determined himself in the middle of a firestorm while the newly mounted editor of the San Diego Union Tribune, Jeff Light, laid off 35 jobs - which include his job as Art Critic and Books Editor. Immediately after gaining knowledge of of this occasion, the San Diego artwork network rallied to Pincus's side with Facebook campaigns "We Want Bob', to community forums at the Warwick Bookstore in La Jolla wherein some hundred oldsters amassed with arts leaders, to blogs on the Huffington Post, articles within the LA Times and extra - all of us calling to reinstate Bob Pincus to his art critic position. As Pincus positioned it "Its' like I died, but failed to". Feeling overwhelmed at the outpouring of emotion and help from the San Diego community for his plight, Pincus positioned the past at the back of him. The San Diego Union Tribune might now not budge from their selection. Hugh Davies, MCASD Director, commented:

"For over twenty years, Robert Pincus has been a top notch critic -- honest, clever and nicely-knowledgeable -- and he merits top notch credit score for the maturation of the art and museum world in San Diego. His departure from the paper is a big loss to the visible arts network right here. Support from our metropolis's newspaper inside the shape of data however, extra importantly, informed grievance is essential to San Diego's future increase and upgrades as a vibrant cultural destination."

Budget cuts preserve to plague the San Diego arts community as it does in many different towns across the U.S. In fact, for the beyond 12 months and a 1/2, Pincus has been the Senior Grants and Art Writer for MCASD - and no matter the truth that he became capable of win full-size grants for the museum from the NEA and the Andy Warhol Foundation, and notwithstanding the feedback Hugh Davies made(above),he became currently laid off from his position. It is difficult to separate the career of Robert Pincus from the ever evolving changes of the artwork world, its establishments and challenges, and the decision makers within it. It is enlightening, however, to finish the story - and appearance to the trajectory of Pincus's life and the way his life-story evolved in San Diego.

To begin at the beginning, Robert Pincus changed into born in Connecticut and moved along with his mother and father and sister to southern California when he become seven years antique. His father, who became inside the womens' style and vending enterprise moved the family from San Diego to the Westwood area of Los Angeles when Pincus become 11, and this is in which he spent the balance of his adolescence. He commented that at the same time as his family frequented arts and cultural occasions, he was now not initially inquisitive about visual art - his ardour turned into literature. A self defined 'counter lifestyle teenager', who cherished the poetry of Dylan Thomas and T.S. Eliot and the music of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, he commenced writing poetry. At Cal State Northridge wherein he spent his first  years of university, an English teacher, Mrs Connelly recruited him to put in writing for the college's literary mag and this began his writing profession. Another English instructor delivered the concept of 'voice' in literature by studying tales out loud to the scholars. This delivered the dimension of the spoken phrase, similarly taking pictures Pincus's creativeness.

Pincus started as an English most important, however became quickly interested in interdisciplinary studies and while he transferred to the University of California Irvine for his last  years of college, he changed his foremost to Comparative Cultures. Pincus discovered himself fascinated by the Avant Garde as a cultural phenomena and referred to he become encouraged via Professor Dickran Tashjian, who was a pupil of Dada and Surrealism and he gravitated to each English and American literature as properly. He took lessons approximately Conceptual Art and Duchamp and instructors despatched the students to galleries in Los Angeles to put in writing exhibition evaluations. It was at this factor that Pincus started writing for the college newspaper. He additionally did ebook opinions and for 2 semesters, and was the fine arts editor - later becoming the editor of the whole paper. He commented that he never supposed on going into journalism. He went directly to obtain a BA in Comparative Cultures with a focus on literature and artwork records.

Before persevering with directly to graduate school, Pincus took twelve months 'off' and worked for a friend's family who were within the 'seminar' commercial enterprise. He helped prepare seminars, wrote brochures, and turned into a 'jack of all trades'. He then attended the University of Southern California, reading for a masters degree in American Studies. He turned into supplied a complete scholarship and he taught freshman writing. He targeted his masters thesis on Los Angeles and Art History and became particularly interested by artist Ed Kienholz - When he was a teenager a family pal had taken him to peer a primary exhibition on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art wherein he was originally delivered to Kienholz's work. After finishing his masters thesis Pincus went on at USC to observe for a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Art History and English. He commented that he had no plans to grow to be a expert art critic - however, one among his advisors Susan Larson, counseled he write for Art Week and later for the LA Times where he became a freelance creator. He discovered his voice as an artwork author and wrote the assessment for artist Mike Kelly's first solo exhibition in Los Angeles. There he developed a style of writing for newspapers, that specialize in the overall analyzing target market. He endured to consciousness his research on Nancy and Ed Kienholz and interviewed them regularly over the years of his look at for a PhD. Looking closer to the give up of his software at USC, Pincus became considering destiny task possibilities and his friend Christopher Knight advised him approximately an open function on the San Diego Union Tribune.

Pincus was presented the job as artwork critic for the Tribune and he moved to San Diego. There, he worked days on the paper and spent nights and weekends finishing his dissertation. Eventually, his dissertation took the shape of a ebook On A Scale That Competes With The World: The Art of Edward Kienholz and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990). During his twenty-5 years on the Union Tribune, Pincus labored as Art Critic and Books Editor in addition to simultaneously writing for Art in America and Art News magazines. He has additionally completed books and written dozens of artwork catalogues.

Now that he's not operating for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Pincus plans to preserve teaching guides at the University of San Diego and do freelance artwork writing. The route he teaches "Art Now: How to Think Critically About Art " speaks to his continuing dedication and attitude approximately the importance that people searching for to understand art and make it part of their each day lives. When asked approximately his thoughts on artwork reviewing, Pincus explained that in reviewing, the reviewer is going through an educational method, informing themselves approximately the kind of artwork it's miles, with the intention of "staking out a new point of view in place of simply adding any other small bit of information to an already received frame of expertise." He went on to mention that the reviewer could make bad comments, however that they have to be positive - and essential however respectful.

In his ultimate feedback, Pincus expressed his perception that although there are signs and symptoms of boom in the San Diego art scene of artists and galleries, that San Diego has essentially long gone backwards in the quantity of crucial writing, reviews, and observation. He believes that the extra communication and crucial writing there may be about modern-day art, there can be extra interest generated approximately artwork in fashionable. And, that this writing will inspire greater humans to head and see exhibitions.

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