Have Awards Replaced Critical Judgment?

“Ours is truly the age of awards. Prizes are becoming the ultimate measure of cultural success and value. In a time of information overload – of cultural excess and superabundance – our taste is being increasingly created for us by prize juries and award ceremonies. Art is beginning to resemble sport, with its roster of winners and losers and its spectacles of competition: the Oscars, the Baftas, the Brits. Indeed, the larger cultural festivals and prizes, such as the Venice Biennale, the Oscars and the Nobels, are consciously imitative of international sporting competitions like the Olympics.”