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Jerry Saltz
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Born February 19, 1951 (1951-02-19) (age 70)
Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Journalist, Author, Art critic
Education School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Period 1990s–present
Notable works Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1998–2003, Seeing Out Louder
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
Spouse Roberta Smith

Jerry Saltz (born February 19, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American art critic. Since 2006, he has been senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2018 and was nominated for the award in 2001 and 2006. Saltz served as a visiting critic at School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Yale University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Studio Residency Program, and was the sole advisor for the 1995 Whitney Biennial.

Saltz is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, including from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and Kansas City Art Institute in 2011.

Saltz has been a visiting critic at The School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Yale University, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the New York Studio Residency Program.

Early life

Saltz was born and grew up in the inner city in Chicago, before moving to the suburbs after his father invented the Dexter Hand Sewing Machine. His mother died when he was ten years old, shortly after he recalls a memorable trip to the Chicago Institute of Art, where he discovered, "Everything here is telling a story, everything here has a code, has a language—and I’m going to learn this whole language and I’m going to know the story." He is Jewish.

Saltz attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1970 to 1975 before dropping out. He founded an artist-run gallery in the city before moving to New York at 26.

Awards

Saltz received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2018 and was nominated for the award in 2001 and 2006.

Saltz is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, including from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008 and Kansas City Art Institute in 2011.

Personal life

Saltz lives in New York City with his wife Roberta Smith, co-chief art critic for the New York Times. They were married in 1992.

Books

  • Saltz, Jerry. Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns, 1998–2003. Gt Barrington: The Figures, 2003; reprinted 2007; 410 pp. (paperback), ISBN: 978-1-930589-17-9.
  • Saltz, Jerry. Seeing Out Louder. Hudson Hills Press LLC, 2009; 420 pp. (hardcover), ISBN: 978-1-55595-318-8.
  • Saltz, Jerry. Beyond Boundaries: New York's New Art. 1986; 128 pp. ISBN: 978-0-912383-31-6
  • Saltz, Jerry. How to Be an Artist. 2020; 144 pp. ISBN: 9780593086469
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