Art critics evaluate merit and assign cultural/historical contexts to art. They have based their analyses upon multiple forms of judgment, focusing on material, aesthetic, thematic, expressive, biographical, historic, theoretical, and/or ethical criteria.
Eco art critics add a second basis of evaluation. While acknowledging art theories and aesthetics, eco art criticism also reflects the ecological principles associated with protecting the planet’s life-sustaining conditions. Managing two disciplines simultaneously more than doubles the complexity of their task.
The ‘eco’ part of their mandate expands the concerns of the art critic to include the actuality of peoples’ lives, corporate policies, technical science, and government regulations. Such considerations unsettle the long-held determinants of artistic “success,” “excellence,” “integrity,” “originality,” and “significance”.
Constructing an alternative system requires creative problem-solving. Like eco artists, eco art critics strive to resolve planet-wide infirmities and vulnerabilities and search for meaningful forms of innovation.