The Art Critic is a novel about Arthur, a talented, slightly jaded mid-career art critic for a national newsweekly. It is also a novel about Tom, a mid-career sculptor, often more focused on making it big than on making art. Between these two men is Helen, the smart, beautiful, moneyed publishing assistant they both desire. Written by Peter Plagens—himself a successful art critic and artist—The Art Critic is part roman à clef and part literary escapade. It is a shrewd and unabashed look into the unique lives of these art-obsessed characters; into the motivations and obligations behind both creating and critiquing art; and into the art world itself.
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