Criticism

Few things are more tedious than books moralising about the deficiencies of yesteryear

Artists don’t have to be shielded from critics

Is there a book she doesn’t like?

What does it mean to be critical?

Trying to bring large, arrogant public institutions to book is exhausting

Robin Ashenden says the critic would have declared war on an ill-judged edict

Works by Michelangelo, Velázquez, Rodin, Rothko and Mondrian have all been vandalised for reasons of mental instability or political activism or both, informs Michael Prodger

The great critics always began before they were forty. Who are their equivalents today?

Criticism is a valuable art but it should never end up as a tool for bullying

D.J. Taylor reflects on nearly four decades of hard graft on the literary pages