5 Questions- Troy Sherman

Ep. 62- Troy Sherman (Midwest Art Quarterly)

Welcome listeners to 5 Questions: A Critical Mass for the Visual Arts Podcast in which we ask 5 questions of our interviewees aimed at positioning and contextualizing their respective bodies of work within the St. Louis artworld.This episode we’re talking with Midwest Art Quarterly’s Troy Sherman!

Troy Sherman is a sort of recent transplant to the Midwest. Since moving here two years ago, he’s been writing art criticism pseudonymously, but as of the most recent number of the Midwest Art Quarterly has given up the nomme de plume. He started this glorified zine in hopes of injecting serious discourse about the visual arts into the St. Louis milieu. Considering some of the ire and irony with which the first issue was met, he hopes that it’s working. He wrote the whole first issue himself but has been joined for the second one by some fresh faces. He hopes that the Midwest Art Quarterly will continue to be of interest and to grow.

  1. Are you an Art Writer or an Art Critic?
  2. What role does actual criticism play as opposed to simply descriptive or discursive writing?
    1. Isn’t this to some extent rooted in the idea of art as a commodity or experience that must be given a certain number of stars, or compared favorably or unfavorably to other work that has been commercially successful? What of care?
  3. What do you want for St. Louis and its people?
  4. What do you wish someone would ask you about your work? 
  5. What are you building towards?

5 Questions is a program by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts – a nonprofit, self-formed visual arts collaborative dedicated to promoting, enhancing and initiating contemporary visual art in the St. Louis region. 

Pick it up on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts

Or at criticalmassart.org/fivequestions, on twitter @criticalmassSTL, and IG @criticalmassart

Find Troy and Midwest Art Quarterly @midwestartsquarterly

With Troy and Joe Kohlburn 

Editor – Sarah Hammond

Producer – Brett Williams


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