Jerry Saltz

  • Columnist and Art Critic for New York Magazine

Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism three times, Jerry Saltz is one of America’s premier art critics, shaping the future and direction of contemporary art and the public’s aesthetic perception.

 
  

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The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad: A Year in the Life of an Art Critic

Is a rousing 90 minute look at where contemporary art is now, how it got here, and where it might be going. Mr. Saltz shows slides, not only of paintings and sculptures, but of art openings, after parties, and other scenes less seen by the general public. Jerry Saltz is articulate, funny, and speaks ...

Is a rousing 90 minute look at where contemporary art is now, how it got here, and where it might be going. Mr. Saltz shows slides, not only of paintings and sculptures, but of art openings, after parties, and other scenes less seen by the general public. Jerry Saltz is articulate, funny, and speaks in a way that everyone can understand.

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A columnist and senior art critic for New York Magazine, Jerry Saltz is a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and has published two volumes of criticism.

Known for his passionate opinions, lively, no nonsense writing, and insights about Contemporary Art, and the art scene in general, Saltz is articulate, funny, and speaks in a way that everyone can understand. Having been part of the New York art world for more than two decades, he knows the ins and outs, what's good, and what's not. Better yet, he's not afraid to say what he thinks. 

Saltz is a unique, inspirational speaker, as witty and irreverent as he is respectful and in the know. New Yorker art critic, Peter Schjeldahl has written that Saltz "is the best informed and hair-trigger liveliest of contemporary art critics, tracking pleasure and jump-starting intelligence on the fly.” Confirming the adage 'first thought best thought,' Saltz's fast takes stand up better in retrospect than other people's long views. He preserves the crunch and heat of art's collisions with life in these times."

The 2007 winner of the Frank Jewett Mather Award in Art Criticism from the College Art Association, Saltz has lectured widely including at Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art. He has taught at Columbia University, Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, among many others.