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Art Is Life: Art Critic Jerry Saltz and Andrew Goldstein in Conversation

April 18, 8 pm9 pm.
April 18, 2023- ART IS LIFE

erry Saltz, the Pulitzer-winning art critic at New York magazine, is one of our most-watched writers about art and artists. Since the 1990s he has been an indispensable cultural voice: witty and provocative, he has attracted contemporary readers to fine art as few critics have. A frequent guest lecturer at major universities and museums, he has spoken or taught at Harvard, MOMA, the Guggenheim, Yale, and RISD. Now, in this special NAC event, he speaks with Artnet’s Andrew Goldstein about his newest book, Art Is Life, which draws on two decades of his work to offer a real-time survey of contemporary art. In Art Is Life, Saltz includes eye-opening appraisals of trailblazers like Kara Walker, David Wojnarowicz, Hilma af Klint, and Jasper Johns–and offers surprising takes on figures from Thomas Kinkade to Kim Kardashian. And he shares stories of his own haunted childhood, his time as a “failed artist,” and his epiphanies upon beholding work by Botticelli, Delacroix, and the cave painters of Niaux. With his signature blend of candor and conviction, he argues for the importance of the fearless artist.

Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture, and the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Be an Artist. In 2018 he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. Andrew Goldstein is the editor-in-chief of Artnet News.

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