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, Explained to Passersby in the NYC Subway
Jerry corrected the record on the “mad genius” aspect of Van Gogh’s … actual genius.
Picasso’s Guernica, Explained by Jerry Saltz to Passersby in the NYC Subway
There was even a musical interpretation!
Jerry Saltz Put Michelangelo’s David in an NYC Subway — Here’s What Happened
Some New Yorkers were amused — others, not so much.
Try Copying Your Favorite Master Artwork and See What You Learn
Miming Matisse. Parroting Picasso. Hocking Hockney.
How to Be an Artist? Start by Drawing the Square in Front of You.
Hundreds of Jerry’s followers tried the assignment. Here are nine of their works.
An Artwork Made by Artificial Intelligence Just Sold for $400,000
The painting fetched 40 times its estimate. Why?
How Does the Art World Live With Itself? I Live and Breathe It and I’m Not Sure.
I used to think the art world was at war with money, and vice versa. I’m starting to think we’re in a new equilibrium, defined by ambivalence.
David Wojnarowicz’s Whitney Retrospective Is Overdue, But Couldn’t Be Timelier
This is an astonishingly relevant, urgently important show that reflects on what it means to be human in a time of encroaching political darkness.
Why Is the Met’s New Show About the Body in Art History So Stultifying and Dull?
This is what happens with an excess of hyperrealism.
Huma Bhabha’s New Installation at the Met Brings You Into the Realm of Gods
This is among the best Met roof sculpture installations since the program began in 1987.
Jerry Saltz: Break the Art Fair
As a system, art fairs are like America: They don’t work and no one knows how to fix them.
Three-Sentence Reviews: John Bradford, David Hockney, and 11 More Shows
Including the new home of White Columns.
Losing Myself in the Paintings of Facebook-Educated Matthew Wong
An impressive painter’s debut show at Karma gallery.
Magazine Art Critic, Wins Pulitzer Prize
Our irrepressible, one-of-a-kind critic gets the big prize.
Cy Twombly and the Transporting Power of Art That Barely Uses the Tools of Art
Scribbles, jots, smears, and smudges that make my knees buckle.
Trump’s Border Wall Prototypes Are Minimalist Art
The walls look “exactly like a national monument, and perfect minimalist sculpture.”
11,000 People Demanded the Met Remove This Painting. They Aren’t Going To. Good.
In many ways it is a sign of art’s complexity that it generate a wide variety of responses.
Michelangelo Exploded Art History, Just With His Drawing
The Metropolitan Museum’s new show
is a stupendous metaphysical-visual exhalation.
We Can Now Divide Art History Into Before Linda Nochlin and After
The late critic’s 1971 essay blew through the gates of art-world patriarchy.
Radical in Content, Retrograde in Form: What Should We Make of ‘Trigger’?
I wish I didn’t feel as conflicted as I do about this show that surveys “gender beyond the binary.”
The Fearless Chris Ofili Enters His Own Personal Paradise Lost
The four paintings are hung behind a cage of cyclone fencing.
Three-Sentence Reviews: Peter Saul, Trevor Paglen, and 7 More
Thank God for Peter Saul.
Jerry Saltz: I Give In, MoMA. You’ve Won Me Over. (Halfway, Anyway.)
MoMA has been this broken spatial matrix since November 4, 2004, the day it reopened with great fanfare.
Looking for New Electricity in the Mostly Static Art World
It’s not a matter of art being becoming more political. But the more I look for signs of artistic vitality, the more frustrated I’ve become.
How to Navigate an Art Fair With Jerry Saltz
▶️ Nobody can do it like Jerry.
Jerry Saltz, Glenn O’Brien Talk Art, Nudity
A few Pulitzer nominations weren’t enough to prevent Saltz from getting kicked off Instagram for posting artsy nudes.
Matthew Higgs Is a National Treasure
White Columns: a pillar of the community.
The Chelsea Artist Tour Recap
Check out the highlights reel.
Art at Arm’s Length: A History of the Selfie
It’s become a new visual genre—a type of self-portraiture formally distinct from all others in history.
Jerry Saltz on Kate Middleton’s Terrible Official Portrait
She described it as “amazing.” So much for her art-history background.
Saltz on the MoMA’s
Insiders will go gaga here. But I wonder whether larger audiences will grasp the way this kind of art thrust itself to the fore in the West.
year in culture 2012
Critics’ Roundtable: What Was the Cultural Event of 2012?
And four other equally pertinent questions.
year in culture 2012
Jerry Saltz’s Top 10 Art Picks of 2012
Clint Eastwood pioneered a new genre of performance art, the Met examined the dawn of Egyptian art, and more.
Saltz: Make Me a
Gerhard Richter Painting
One guy in Jersey knew how.
Saltz: How I Came to Embrace Richard Artschwager’s Weirdness
How he finally won over our art critic.
Saltz: Picasso’s Monochrome Paintings Display a Rainbow of Emotion
Brilliantly conceived and installed by Carmen Giménez, the Guggenheim’s show zeroes in on Picasso’s use of black and white and gray.
The Munch that ate New York.
Jerry Saltz on Wade Guyton’s Brave New Inkjet-Printer Paintbrush
You think high technology obliterates the touch of an artist’s hand? Guyton disagrees.
Saltz: The Met’s ‘Regarding Warhol’ Has Nothing to Say
There’s a shallow, pandering fecklessness to this pseudo-extravaganza.
Jerry Saltz on Franz West, 1947–2012
“An elephantine influence.”
Edelstein, Saltz on Marclay’s
The art critic vs. the film critic.
Saltz on the Firing of L.A. MoCA’s Chief Curator, Paul Schimmel
“From where I sit, the whole thing stinks.”
Jerry Saltz on the End of Artnet.com’s Magazine
“In 1998, Artnet was the site that convinced me that if my writing didn’t exist online, it didn’t exist at all.”
Jerry Saltz: Why I Liked (and Even Respected) LeRoy Neiman
The art world ignored him. But he did what artists do: made something all his own.
Saltz Reflects on Brice Marden’s Reflective New Show
The artist retraces his steps — but doesn’t follow them.
Saltz: Why the Frieze Art Fair Could Solve the New York Art Fair Problem
The upside of English elitism.
Jerry Saltz: This Is Why I Hate Big-Money Art Auctions
Not just because they’re freak-show legal casinos.
Jerry Saltz Calls Sale of
But would you expect any less from the guy?
Jerry Saltz on Thomas Kinkade, 1958-2012
“The reason the art world doesn’t love Kinkade isn’t that it hates love, life, goodness, or God.”
Jerry Saltz Remembers the Sculptor Ken Price, 1935-2012
“Luminescent color flecks that make it look like a million-eyed being from another dimension.”