Michelle Marder Kamhi

Michelle Marder Kamhi (born 1937) is an independent scholar and critic of the arts. She co-edits ''Aristos'' (an online review of the arts) with her husband, Louis Torres, and is the author of ''Who Says That’s Art? A Commonsense View of the Visual Arts'' (2014) and ''Bucking the Artworld Tide: Reflections on Art, Pseudo Art, Art Education & Theory'' (2020). She also co-authored ''What Art Is: The Esthetic Theory of Ayn Rand'' (2000) with Torres. Kamhi has written on all the fine arts, but her particular focus is on the visual arts and art education. Throughout her work, she argues for a traditional view of art. But she differs from other conservative critics in regarding the invention of abstract painting and sculpture in the early twentieth century as the "decisive turning point in the breakdown of the concept of art."

Kamhi is a member of the American Society for Aesthetics, the National Art Education Association (NAEA), the National Association of Scholars, and AICA-USA (the U.S. branch of the International Association of Art Critics). Articles by her have appeared in ''The Wall Street Journal'', ''Art Education'' (published by the NAEA), ''Arts Education Policy Review'', ''The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies'', and ''Academic Questions'', among other publications. Following the release of ''Who Says That’s Art?'', she began a blog, entitled ''For Piero’s Sake'', to honor the artistic values represented by Piero della Francesca—that is, "consummate skill and sensitivity in the embodiment of things of enduring human significance." She further noted: "Since those values should adhere to the terms art and artist today, ''For Piero’s Sake'' aims in no small measure to serve as an antidote to the bogus art and pseudo artists dominating the contemporary artworld." Provided by Wikipedia
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