by Everyone's a Critic   January 23, 2008

--Featuring an essay and collection by acclaimed art critic and provocateur Michael Fallon

For this a+E, we're focusing on the present and future of art criticism in Minnesota; a short, insightful essay on the topic and some examples drawn from mnartists.org's own archives of terrific writing make for powerful testimony that the form ain't dead yet.

* Veteran arts writer and provocateur Michael Fallon weighs in on the decline of arts criticism
* Selections from MnArts magazine, including an eloquent portrait of Minnesota's homegrown photography star, JoAnn Verburg, by MPR's Euan Kerr
* A current crop of artist opportunities pulled from the many listed on mnartists.org
* Arts events from around the state including an early Valentine's Day party that'll knock your socks off

Highlights also include a playlist of songs from mnSpin winners, a profile of the New London ephemeral gallery ARThouse, and a preview of the punk opera send-up to Patti Smith, the Cold War and Hamlet.