The Ends of Art Criticism

The Ends of Art Criticism is the second book in the series New Directions in Contemporary Art, featuring newly commissioned critical texts identifying key topics and trends in contemporary-art practice and discussing their impact in the wider art world and beyond in an accessible way.

The publication explores repeated claims of the impending demise of art criticism, but seeks to dispel theses myths through the belief that a lacking of a single dominant voice is a strength rather than a weakness, allowing previously marginalised voices with a global perspective to come to the fore.



Patricia Bickers


New Directions in Contemporary Art

Series Editor

Marcus Verhagen

The series design introduces a strong two-colour scheme to each entry. Bold edging on each side of the cover creates a recognisable bookshelf presence, with the colour blocks following the sheet around to flaps that reveal a full bleed contextual image on the inside cover.

Title text arrangements are playfully arranged in a ‘free space’ between the series title and author name, moving around on each publication to create visual differentiation.

WH Aldine, a typeface developed by Wolfe Hall, is used for the overall series identity. Mediaan by Dávid Molnár is used for title and body text. Both typefaces are modern interpretations of historic type styles. Pushing stylistic elements that give a contemporary feeling to the series in a legible and considered way.


130 × 200 mm






WH Aldine, Mediaan