Chute's reaction brings the function of Waxman's unusual project into focus. Reviews are usually about shows, and not only do most artists not show a whole lot, but most shows don't get reviewed. Seen from the shadows of potential obscurity, it's hard for artists to know what others are likely to say or even to articulate to themselves what they are about, as Chute observed about the relationship between his work's different threads.
I admit to a few misgivings about this project when I first heard about it. Among other things, I knew I couldn't do what she does. For me the process of criticism is reflective and takes perhaps more time than it should. But Waxman, who can write, apparently, at 60 words per minute, has provided a significant service. For better or worse, the contemporary art world depends on texts. The artists who participated wanted a text and got a short one they can use in their professional lives. Others who care enough about visual art and its environment to want to learn about the critical process got an unrepeatable opportunity to see it happening. That seems like a success to me.
Ken Greenleaf can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.