Art Critic | Writer | Speaker
You can also watch this episode on Youtube where English, Italian and Spanish subtitles are available or visit the Metralla Rosa website for more details.Being an Art Critic is a relatively recent profession, linked primarily to the worlds of journalism and written communication. For generations it has been considered almost a literary genre in itself, but thanks to the democratisation of the art market and the rise of digital communication it is no longer enough to be a prolific author in order to become an influential art critic. In our opinion, Tabish Khan is the perfect example of what it means to be an art critic today, with an important voice and dynamic presence within the media, generating information for the consumption of not only the specialised sectors but for the general public as well.
They say that curiosity kills the cat, but it is curiosity that has allowed Tabish to open up to the art world, discovering in the process an inexhaustible source of knowledge and stimulating experiences that have allowed him to not only nourish himself, but to also share them with the public. Tabish has, over the years, established himself as an efficient, accessible and effective art critic. He is a pragmatic, open and clear communicator who has, almost accidentally, become embedded within an ecosystem of exhibitions that take place within London galleries and museums and which isn’t necessarily always that inclusive.
Writer, speaker and art critic, Tabish Khan religiously shares his monthly and weekly recommendations in publications such as Londonist and FAD, while in the latter he also publishes his column ‘What’s wrong with Art?’. With his perseverance and passion for the world of contemporary and historical exhibitions, Tabish has become an important voice on the London art scene. And this is undoubtedly because he does not address the public from a Mount Olympus of the Fine Arts world: The language he uses is not overly technical or hermetic – on the contrary, his texts exude to the point, entertaining and useful information, allowing him to connect with his audience in an extremely organic and intimate way. He shares news about the most relevant art exhibitions in London, allowing the same perplexity that these exhibitions could arouse in any of his readers to be seen in his own gaze. Thanks to his constant, genuine and inexhaustible interest in both the established and emerging art scenes, Tabish’s articles are a guide and a map with which to navigate the complex and ultra prolific cultural offerings of the city to which he was born.
It is because of all this that we wanted to talk to Tabish, in order to discover the personal stories, experiences and visions behind his public persona. This episode is full of anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, so listen to it and discover the sensible, lucid and transparent man that Carla had the pleasure of unveiling layer by layer.
And now, enjoy the interview!
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Publications: Londonist | FAD magazine
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