Post-Dispatch Will Not Hire a New Art Critic


Update on David Bonetti's retirement tomorrow from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Executive editor Arnie Robbins tells Daily RFT that he will not replace Bonetti, who reviewed all visual arts and architecture for the Post.

"We will cover art well, however, because art is so important to a community and to the well-being of a community," says Robbins in an e-mail. "We don't have specific plans yet but I would expect that we would use some staff members and some freelancers. Our goal will be to cover art as well or better than ever."

Robbins adds that the incoming features editor (replacing Christy Bertelson) may shuffle arts & entertainment staffers and their beats.

Btw, we stand corrected in noting that "the entire Danforth family" seemed to be the only locals Bonetti mentioned in his list of "incredibly annoying people." Steven Woolf, artistic director for The Rep, also made the cut.