'Art is good, bad, boring, ugly, useful to us or not. It does or doesn't disturb optical monotony, and succeeds or fails in surmounting sterility of style or visual stereotype; it creates new beauty or it doesn't.'
- Jerry Saltz
An energetic and persuasive voice in the art world for over two decades, Jerry Saltz is currently the Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine. In 2006 Saltz was named "Best Art Critic" by Time Out New York and he is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist in Criticism.
Throughout his career, Saltz has articulated his opinions by writing for a number of well-known publications including Village Voice, where he reigned as Senior Art Critic from 1998 to 2007, Frieze, Modern Painters, and Art in America to name a few. Saltz's Village Voice columns were compiled into a book published by Figures Press, titled Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1998-2003. A second volume of his criticism, Seeing Out Louder was recently published by Hardpress Editions. He is the co-editor of Sketchbook with Voices with Eric Fischl.
Beyond his writing, Saltz has lectured at numerous prominent universities and museums across America, including Harvard, Yale, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Cleveland Art Institute, and many others. In 2008 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago awarded him an Honorary Doctorate.
Saltz is the founder of N.A.M.E. Gallery in his hometown of Chicago, an artist-run gallery established in 1973, for which he has curated more than 75 exhibitions. In 1995, Saltz was the sole adviser of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Saltz resides in New York City.
For more information, visit his New York article archives.
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