1. Introducing ‘ONLY YOU’ ‘750wordsaweek’ – a blog by Paul O’Kane

Hi, I am an experienced artist, art writer and lecturer.

You can find my CV and website here www.okpaul.com

I used to publish art reviews but became disillusioned with the format and switched to publishing articles on concepts related to art instead.

In the 1990s I experimented with various personal approaches to art writing, many of which could not be published then.
But here I am reviving some of those approaches (highly subjective, stylised etc.) as they seem more relevant and acceptable now, given the ways we write and think about art and share ideas today.

Recently I attended the AICA (International Association of Art Critics) international congress and became re-galvanised regarding the role of the art critic in the 21st century. You may be able to read my report on the congress here.

I am a busy and quite ‘struggling’ artist, writer and lecturer, but I want to publish here 750 words per week -on a show or art related event/theme of my choice-  and give myself a regular deadline, just as if I were working for a (rapidly becoming defunct) old-school weekly newspaper column.

N.B. I was also inspired by a recent talk given by NY Times critic Roberta Smith in this regard.

As well as a very experienced art and academic writer I also have an NCTJ qualification in print journalism and so feel qualified to be my own editor.

N.B. I mention this only in response to Roberta Smith’s and other print journalists’ valid criticism of online writing that it often suffers from lack of editing, lack of deadlines and other parameters and demands according to which the most noble aspects of journalism have evolved – and which I here want to emulate as a kind of hybrid online/print-style art critic.

I will post my first 750wordsaweek Blog by midnight on Friday 12th December.

I hope I haven’t given myself one job too many.

I hope I can explore the role of the art critic from a new position.

I hope I can inform current debates and opinions about art.

Please stay tuned.

Paul O’Kane


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