Are Prize Juries Taking Over The Arts?

“The rise of the prize means the public is more and more guided by official taste as embodied in juries. It is often said the critic is a dying breed. But juries are replacing critics, and they exert influence in a far more questionable way. A jury does not have to explain its decision to the public; does not have to say why one artist is better than another.”

Source: The Guardian (UK) 06/20/11