Frieze New York 2012
MOVING IN AND MOVING UP
by Jerry Saltz

May 8, 2012

New Yorkers only cross water for visual culture if the water is an ocean. The East River throws us for a huge loop. If we started going to Queens and the Bronx for visual culture, many of our rent, space and crowding problems would be over indefinitely. MoMA and the Whitney might have huge Tate Modern-style retrofitted warehouses. Great numbers of galleries would be able to open and survive. The Frieze Art Fair New York, May 4-7, 2012, located in a gigantic 280,000 square-foot white tent on Randall's Island, could help make all that happen.

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Jerry Saltz Archives for 2012
May 1, 2012
New Art
MAGIC AMID THE MONEY
by Jerry Saltz
Reject the market. Embrace the market. How I’ve found new magic amid all that money.
Apr. 11, 2012
RIP THOMAS KINKADE
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz on the passing of Thomas Kinkade, the self-described "painter of light," 1958-2012.
Apr. 2, 2012
Morley Safer
PLAYING IT SAFER
by Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz on Morley Safer's facile 60-Minutes art-world screed.
Mar. 26, 2012
Dependent Art Fair
EIGHT HOURS AT THE COMFORT INN
by Jerry Saltz
The zingiest art fair of the season was a one-day event in a Lower East Side motel.
Mar. 13, 2012
Rob Pruitt
SIGN HERE
by Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz gets an autograph from a very naked Rob Pruitt at New York's Karma Books.
Mar. 7, 2012
Whitney Biennial 2012
LEAVING BABYLON
by Jerry Saltz
Whitney Biennial curators Elizabeth Sussman and Jay Sanders consider the post-crash afterlife.
Mar. 2, 2012
"The Ungovernables"
BIG-GOVERNMENT CONSERVATIVES
by Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz on why the New Museum's triennial survey needs a dollop of anarchy.
Feb. 27, 2012
Ken Price
REMEMBERING SCULPTOR KEN PRICE
by Jerry Saltz
RIP Ken Price, 1935-2012, ceramic sculptor of dazzling color and cubo-biomorphic form.
Feb. 23, 2012
CINDY SHERMAN: BECOMING
by Jerry Saltz
On the occasion of her survey exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Cindy Sherman collaborates with Jerry Saltz on a project for New York magazine.
Feb. 13, 2012
Klara Lidén
AFTER-CHRISTMAS INVENTORY
by Jerry Saltz
Klara Lidén channels the poignancy of discarded streetside trees in her exhibition at Reena Spaulings Fine Art.
Feb. 3, 2012
R.I.P. Dorothea Tanning
UTTERLY POSSESSING
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz pays homage to the artist who stood at the center of the Surrealist movement, a "vicious mill for women," and refused to play second fiddle.
Feb. 2, 2012
Mike Kelley
THE PERVERSE MASTER
by Jerry Saltz

RIP Mike Kelley, 1954-2012, who turned L.A. foreboding into an all-out acrimonious art of darkness.
Feb. 1, 2012
Venice Biennale
MASSI ON MY MIND
by Jerry Saltz

Feb. 1, 2012
As Massimiliano Gioni takes over, new hope for the Venice Biennale.
Jan. 13, 2012
Damien Hirst
SPOTS, SHARKS, MAGGOTS AND MONEY
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz on Damien Hirst spot paintings.
Jan. 4, 2012
Work of Art
SUCKLORD’S ACTION FIGURE
by Jerry Saltz

The critic reviews his portrait -- Jerry Saltz on Sucklord’s Important Art Critic: Defender of Taste and Culture.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2011
Dec. 29, 2011
Work of Art
THE DRAMA’S DONE
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz looks back on a year’s worth of judging Work of Art, Bravo TV’s reality series.
Dec. 28, 2011
Helen Frankenthaler
A WIND THAT LASHES EVERYTHING AT ONCE
by Jerry Saltz

RIP Helen Frankenthaler, 1928-2011, pioneering woman painter who bridged Abstract Expressionism and "what was possible."
Dec. 21, 2011
Top Ten 2011
THE YEAR IN ART
by Jerry Saltz

The Cold War, 1950s brushstrokes and a pickup artist run amok.
Dec. 7, 2011
Adam Lindemann
THE PRINCE OF THE ONE PERCENT
by Jerry Saltz

Lindemann, the Prince of the One Percent, would like you know that buying art is less fun these days.
Nov. 30, 2011
PLAY IT AGAIN, RAGNAR
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz on Ragnar Kjartansson's 12-hour operatic performance Bliss, commissioned by Performa '11.
Nov. 21, 2011
Sherrie Levine
IT’S PAYBACK TIME
by Jerry Saltz

Sherrie Levine’s retrospective at the Whitney Museum turns a very cold eye on the gender dynamics of the art world.
Nov. 14, 2011
Maurizio Cattelan
THE REDEMPTION
by Jerry Saltz

Maurizio Cattelan's "All" at the Guggenheim Museum is more than just simple punch lines.
Nov. 4, 2011
Art of the Arab Lands
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S NEW ISLAMIC ART MECCA
by Jerry Saltz

On the Metropolitan Museum's swoon-inducing new galleries devoted to the art of the Near East.
Oct. 21, 2011
Work of Art
ART APPRECIATION ON A GUT LEVEL
by Jerry Saltz

In which our beloved art critic becomes a douchebag on a national stage.
Oct. 6, 2011
Matthew Barney
IMPORTED FROM DETROIT
by Jerry Saltz

Matthew Barney's epically mystic Egypto-industrial detritus sculpture, now on view at Gladstone Gallery, inspires and transports.
Sept. 26, 2011
"De Kooning: A Retrospective"
DEFINITIVE
by Jerry Saltz

At MoMA, the full, amazing, ever-evolving, never-retreating story of Willem de Kooning.
Sept. 9, 2011
The Encyclopedia of 9/11
MISSING-PERSON POSTERS
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz revisits his secret stash of 9/11's missing-person posters -- street art with "awful power."
July 22, 2011
RIP Lucian Freud
WHY ARTISTS YOU DON’T LOVE CAN STILL BE GREAT
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz pays homage to the artist for sticking to his painterly guns.
July 6, 2011
Cy Twombly
THINKING BETWEEN HIS LEGS
by Jerry Saltz

RIP Cy Twombly, 1928-2011, master of smudged calligraphy and gorgeous intimations of myth.
July 5, 2011
Help Jerry Saltz
BUILD AN ART FAMILY TREE
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz compiles a quick, unverified list of artists who have worked for other artists -- and requests your help to fill it out.
June 24, 2011
Venice Biennale
GENERATION BLANK
by Jerry Saltz

The beautiful, cerebral, ultimately content-free creations of art's well-schooled young lions.
June 16, 2011
Venice 2011
A TALE OF A NOSE
by Jerry Saltz

High Life, money, carousing and a tale of Michele Maccarone's nose.
June 14, 2011
Mark Grotjahn
MAKING SPIRITS DANCE
by Jerry Saltz

June 14, 2011
Sinews of paint take on lives of their own in Mark Grotjahn's new work at Anton Kern Gallery.
June 3, 2011
Venice Biennale 2011
THE UGLY AMERICAN
by Jerry Saltz

Allora and Calzadilla provide a noisy image of American militaristic excess at the U.S. pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale.
May 12, 2011
ARCHITECTURE KILLED THE FOLK ART MUSEUM
by Jerry Saltz

The Museum of Modern Art pays off the $32 million American Folk Art Museum debt -- and gets the building.
May 4, 2011
Picasso at Gagosian
THE RUTTING BULL
by Jerry Saltz

An exhibition devoted to Picasso and a mistress-muse is soaked in sex.
Apr. 26, 2011
Katy Grannan
DESOLATION ROW
by Jerry Saltz

In a two-part exhibition at New York's Salon 94, photographer Katy Grannan lets her subjects direct her -- and they often reveal far more than they expect.
Apr. 12, 2011
Rest in Peace
JOHN MCCRACKEN, 1934-2011
by Jerry Saltz

Good-bye to a great space cowboy, a master of brilliantly colored, exquisitely smooth Minimalist forms.
Apr. 6, 2011
Unpainted Paintings
AFTER THE DRIPS
by Jerry Saltz

Once Jackson Pollock exploded painting, anything from petals to pee could wind up on a gallery wall.
Apr. 4, 2011
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Rudolf Stingel at Gagosian Gallery, snobby gallerinas and a guide to the Lower East Side gallery scene.
Mar. 24, 2011
Elizabeth Taylor:
ANDY'S PORTRAITS
OF LIZ

by Jerry Saltz

Tragic sexuality and feminine power in Andy Warhol's portraits of Elizabeth Taylor.
Mar. 22, 2011
Relational Esthetics:
THANKS FOR THE RIDE, GAVIN!
by Jerry Saltz

How a joyride in Gavin Brown’s Volvo Became Art.
Mar. 15, 2011
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Critic Jerry Saltz on art fairs, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and the advisability of traveling to Boston (don't do it).
Mar. 7, 2011
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

The worst show of the year -- Francesco Vezzoli at Gagosian Gallery -- plus Paul Cézanne and the question of marathon art viewing.
Feb. 28, 2011
Paul Cézanne:
THREE OF A KIND
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz on Cézanne's revolutionary paintings of humble card players, and how they mark a turning-point in modern art.
Feb. 18, 2011
Christian Marclay: THE BEST MOVIE IN NEW YORK
by Jerry Saltz

Christian Marclay's "The Clock" at Paula Cooper Gallery is an ecstatic love letter to the movies.
Feb. 14, 2011
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

All about George Condo, online art fairs, and what abstraction really is.
Jan. 31, 2011
Christian Marclay: ONE FOR THE AGES
by Jerry Saltz

Christian Marclayís The Clock, a 24-hour-montage of movie moments.
Jan. 27, 2011
GOODBYE, DEAR DENNIS
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz bids adieu to the late Dennis Oppenheim and revisits his artistic legacy.
Jan. 20, 2011
THE GREATEST WORK OF ART
by Jerry Saltz

What is the greatest New York work of art -- an Alfred Stieglitz? A Jackson Pollock? A Jacob Lawrence? No, you won’t find it on a wall.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2010
Dec. 22, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Questions about bad art, good biographies and the David Wojnarowicz censorship fight.
Dec. 17, 2010
THE YEAR IN ART
by Jerry Saltz

A look back at the top ten art exhibitions in New York during 2010.
Dec. 13, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Questions about Anselm Kiefer, and what's killing MoMA.
Dec. 7, 2010
PLAYING IT STRAIGHT
by Jerry Saltz

MoMA’s "On Line" celebrates but doesn’t liberate its subject.
Nov. 30, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

On MoMAís women, auction madness and George W. Bushís official portrait.
Nov. 19, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

On conflict of interest, being shy and the New Museum.
Nov. 17, 2010
THE OLD IS NEW AGAIN
by Jerry Saltz

Paintings you canít miss at MoMAís historic Abstract Expressionism show.
Nov. 9, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

On MoMA’s sucky layout, dealer spiel, and what not to say to a critic.
Nov. 2, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Bad art dealers, big spaces in the U.S., and managing a critic’s schedule.
Oct. 26, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltzís "Ask an Art Critic": On the "Power 100," Frieze, and Ai Weiwei’s toxic cloud.
Oct. 12, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

Questions about bad galleries, dirty looks and good alternatives.
Oct. 4, 2010
ASK AN ART CRITIC
by Jerry Saltz

A new feature: Critic Jerry Saltz answers his reader’s questions on elitism, careerism and cronyism.
Sept. 29, 2010
THE GREAT REGRESSION
by Jerry Saltz

Dan Colen is making 2007 art in 2010.
Sept. 23, 2010
FIVE SEXY ARTWORKS
by Jerry Saltz

Selected from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Sept. 22, 2010
JUDGE JERRY
by Jerry Saltz

How the reality show Work of Art changed me as a critic, for bad and for good.
Aug. 12, 2010
LIFE BREAKS THROUGH
by Jerry Saltz

Am I allowed to say that the last episode of Work of Art made me feel glad all over?
Aug. 9, 2010
A GRAND TOUR
by Jerry Saltz

My favorite paintings in New York, in no particular order.
July 20, 2010
AFAMíS CURATOR PROBLEM
by Jerry Saltz

What to do about the American Folk Art Museum?
June 16, 2010
THE DAZZLER
by Jerry Saltz

Sigmar Polke, 1941-2010.
June 11, 2010
Judge Jerry Recaps
by Jerry Saltz

Some thoughts from behind the scenes on Bravoís Work of Art reality show.
June 4, 2010
The Heroic Louise Bourgeois
by Jerry Saltz

Louise Bourgeois was as filled with anger as she was with wit and incredulity.
June 1, 2010
In the End, It Was All About You
by Jerry Saltz

How "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" turned the viewer into the viewed.
May 24, 2010
NOT JUST PRETTY GARDENS
by Jerry Saltz

The untamed beauty of Monet’s last paintings.
May 10, 2010
THE PICASSOS FROM THE BASEMENT
by Jerry Saltz

The Met’s enormous show of its own collection is short on Cubism -- which may be a blessing.
Apr. 19, 2010
LETíS RECONSIDER
by Jerry Saltz

Finding something to like in the work of Marlene Dumas.
Apr. 6, 2010
LESS THAN THE SUM OF ITS PARTS
by Jerry Saltz

"Skin Fruit," the New Museumís show curated by Jeff Koons, highlights the cracks in the institution.
Mar. 17, 2010
REMEMBERING DIA
by Jerry Saltz
The end of an era.
Mar. 12, 2010
GENITAL CONTACT
by Jerry Saltz
Visiting "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" at the Museum of Modern Art.
Mar. 11, 2010
WILLIAM POWHIDA IS MAKING FUN OF ME
by Jerry Saltz
And I love it.
Mar. 9, 2010
THE OBAMA BIENNIAL
"2010" is alternatively moving and frustrating -- and a big improvement on what came before.
Feb. 22, 2010
DEVELOPING
by Jerry Saltz
Twenty years ago, Wolfgang Tillmans reimagined what a photo could be. Now heís doing it again.
Feb. 16, 2010
How I Made an Artwork Cry
by Jerry Saltz
Tino Sehgalís sets up a dreamy Socratic-purgatorial journey at the Guggenheim.
Feb. 8, 2010
MANNERISM IS US
by Jerry Saltz
Agnolo Bronzino at the Met makes you feel a hot kind of cold.
Jan. 22, 2010
WHY NEW YORK WILL MISS JEFFREY DEITCH
by Jerry Saltz
A brief good-bye.
Jan. 4, 2009
PICKING OVER THE BONES
by Jerry Saltz
Has Gabriel Orozcoís interesting weirdness turned into plain old shtick?
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2009
Dec. 14, 2009
WHEN THE LOW WENT VERY HIGH
by Jerry Saltz
Jeff Koons is the artist of the 2000-2009 decade.
Dec. 1, 2009
RICHTERíS EARTHQUAKE
by Jerry Saltz
The German master deploys his ultrapowerful technique to evoke 9/11.
Nov. 9, 2009
A WHOLE NEW MUSEUM
by Jerry Saltz
The Urs Fischer-izing of a four-story institution.
Sept. 28, 2009
OUT OF THE EROTIC GHETTO
by Jerry Saltz
The Whitneyís welcome retrospective rescues Georgia OíKeeffe from sex and flowers.BR>
Aug. 31, 2009
JERRY SALTZíS WANT-TO-SEES
by Jerry Saltz
Shows that New York Magazineís resident art critic is anticipating this fall.
Aug. 17, 2009
DUKE RILEYíS INSANE TRIUMPH
by Jerry Saltz
Museum vs. museum in Flushing Meadows.
Aug. 17, 2009
DUKE RILEYíS INSANE TRIUMPH
by Jerry Saltz
Museum vs. museum in Flushing Meadows.
July 13, 2009
TEEING UP THE 20TH CENTURY
by Jerry Saltz
In Belgium 120 years ago, James Ensor let his freak flag fly.
June 29, 2009
ENTROPY IN VENICE
by Jerry Saltz
Art about art at the 53rd Venice Biennale. Plus, is something coming out of the other side of that black hole?
June 26, 2009
Artís Near Future
by Jerry Saltz
X-Initiativeís "No Soul For Sale" shows the way.
June 16, 2009
FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF VENICE
by Jerry Saltz
Contemplating the Venice Biennale after the party has left town.
June 15, 2009
Dude, Youíve Gotta See This
by Jerry Saltz
Three Charles Ray sculptures at Matthew Marks are a total trip.
May 27, 2009
SACRED MONSTER
by Jerry Saltz
Francis Bacon, the greatest painter of the 20th century, or fascinating mess?
May 18, 2009
GREAT ARTISTS STEAL
by Jerry Saltz
"The Pictures Generation" -- better than the criticism that grew up around it.
Apr. 20, 2009
"JESUS" SAVES
by Jerry Saltz
God bless the New Museumís tantalizing triennial.
Mar. 30, 2009
ENERGY TO BURN
by Jerry Saltz
Two new gallery spaces in New York are, if not fully realized, rich in possibility.
Mar. 23, 2009
AFTER THE ORGY
by Jerry Saltz
Some art-boom heroes (Lisa Yuskavage) feel suddenly dated. Others (Rudolf Stingel) are perfectly present.
Mar. 20, 2009
The Artist Who Did Everything
by Jerry Saltz
Martin Kippenberger offers a guide for artists looking for ways around pessimism and gamesmanship.
Mar. 6, 2009
MORALITY PLAY
by Jerry Saltz
The art market is more moral than the stock market -- isnít it?
Feb. 18, 2009
DOWN WITH THE CUBE!
by Jerry Saltz
White Columnsí anniversary show proves that galleries can (and should) enliven art.
Feb. 9, 2009
Reeling In the Years
by Jerry Saltz
Surviving 875 years of On Kawara.
Feb. 4, 2009
Leaving Eden
by Jerry Saltz
The Last Days of Pipilotti Ristís Pour Your Body Out (7354 Meters).
Jan. 27, 2009
Manhattan Mega Storage
by Jerry Saltz
Vic Muniz’s "Rebus" offers a formula to save MoMA.
Jan. 20, 2009
Truly Tasteless Art
by Jerry Saltz
Nathalie Djurberg goes "full retard."
Jan. 20, 2009
A Particular Kind of American
by Jerry Saltz
Andrew Wyeth, 1917-2009.
Jan. 12, 2009
MoMAís Sex Change
by Jerry Saltz
Pipilotti Rist gives a masculinist MoMA a redeeming shot of estrogen.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2008
Dec. 2, 2008
SHERMANíS MARCH OF TIME
by Jerry Saltz
Cindy Sherman, the original chameleon of contemporary art, shows her characters aging -- and is reborn.
Nov. 17, 2008
Night at the Museum
by Jerry Saltz
No sex at the Guggenhiem Museum.
Nov. 10, 2008
World in a Bottle
by Jerry Saltz
Giorgio Morandi and the pleasures of being minor.
Nov. 3, 2008
FRIEZE AFTER THE FREEZE
by Jerry Saltz
At London’s big art fair, signs of financial trouble -- but maybe that’s okay.
Oct. 20, 2008
DARK VICTORY
by Jerry Saltz
Vincent Van Goghís outrageous vulnerability.
Oct. 14, 2008
WELCOME TO THE í60S, YET AGAIN
by Jerry Saltz
Martha Rosler canít move beyond the easy arguments of her youth.
Sept. 29, 2008
LOOKING OUT FOR NO. 2
by Jerry Saltz
The good, the bad and the terrible of the new Chelsea art season.
Sept. 18, 2008
MUSEUM DATE
by Jerry Saltz
A colloquy with architecture critic Justin Davidson on the new Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.
Sept. 16, 2008
SEX, DEATH, DINNER
by Jerry Saltz
An art critic gets ravished by a legendary Spanish chef.
Sept. 16, 2008
MODERN MACHINERY
by Jerry Saltz
With new curatorial direction, MoMA should speed up and the Guggenheim slow down.
July 22, 2008
NOT JUST HOT AIR
by Jerry Saltz
Jeff Koons, better than you think.
July 14, 2008
Diaís Last Chance
by Jerry Saltz
Does Philippe Vergne have what it takes to keep Dia from being DOA?
July 7, 2008
Take Me to the River
by Jerry Saltz
Olafur Eliassonís New York City Waterfalls come on with a wink, not a whoosh.
June 23, 2008
Two Coats of Painting
by Jerry Saltz
Tony Shafrazi, the man who tagged Guernica, tries another way of superimposing new art and old.
June 9, 2008
STATUARY STORY
by Jerry Saltz
David Altmejdís otherworldly figures create narrative just by standing still.
June 2, 2008
The Art Worldís Space Invader
by Jerry Saltz
Does a Warhol look different when itís hanging above someoneís TV set? Ask Louise Lawler.
May 28, 2008
AMERICAN INVENTOR
by Jerry Saltz
Remembering Rauschenberg.
May 19, 2008
ELIZABETH II
by Jerry Saltz
Elizabeth Peyton returns to life.
May 5, 2008
THE DAY THE LIGHTS WENT ON
by Jerry Saltz
Dan Flavinís 1964 breakout show, in meticulous reproduction.
Apr. 28, 2008
WASTED YOUTH
by Jerry Saltz
A collaboration between superhot artists Dan Colen and Nate Lowman instantly looks dated.
Apr. 23, 2008
THE NEW YORK CANON
by Jerry Saltz
Thirty years of highs and lows in the New York art world.
Apr. 7, 2008
The Venus of Long Island City
by Jerry Saltz
P.S.1ís survey of feminist art shows us the birth of just about every art trend thatís in vogue today.
Mar. 24, 2008
When Cool turns Cold
by Jerry Saltz
Towards a No Painting Biennial.
Mar. 3, 2008
Fever Dreams
by Jerry Saltz
A show about archives gets brilliantly lost in the vaults.
Feb. 29, 2008
OUR LONG CULTURAL NIGHTMARE WILL SOON BE OVER
by Jerry Saltz
Thomas Krens steps down as director of the Guggenheim Museum.
Feb. 25, 2008
ÉMINENCE GRISE
by Jerry Saltz
"Jasper Johns: Gray" shows off an imagination that works in non-imaginative ways.
Feb. 11, 2008
Artist in Residence
by Jerry Saltz
When Guy Ben-Ner goes to Ikea, heís not there for the meatballs.
Feb. 4, 2008
Emerging, After All These Years
by Jerry Saltz
The gallery gold rush has allowed artists whoíve spent decades on the fringes to grab at the prize.
Jan. 3, 2008
ECSTASY MACHINE
by Jerry Saltz
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a visit to the entire world.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2007
Dec. 17, 2007
THE YEAR IN ART
by Jerry Saltz
Matthew Barney, Kara Walker, Richard Prince, the Whitney, the New Museum, the Met, more.
Dec. 10, 2007
Little House on the Bowery
by Jerry Saltz
Has the New Museum sold itself short?
Dec. 3, 2007
CAN YOU DIG IT?
by Jerry Saltz
At Gavin Brown, Urs Fischer takes a jackhammer to Chelsea itself.
Nov. 26, 2007
Where Are All the Women?
by Jerry Saltz
On MoMAís identity politics.
Nov. 13, 2007
AN EXPLOSION OF COLOR, IN BLACK AND WHITE
by Jerry Saltz
Kara Walkerís silhouettes donít just broach Americaís touchiest subject -- they detonate it.
Nov. 5, 2007
THE WILD ONE
by Jerry Saltz
Steven Parrino was bent on destroying painting in order to save it.
Oct. 22, 2007
The Elephant in the Room
by Jerry Saltz
Why you should give a crap about Chris Ofiliís new paintings.
Sept. 24, 2007
HOW TO REBUILD THE GUGGENHEIM
by Jerry Saltz
Trying to take the "heim" out of the Guggenheim.
Sept. 17, 2007
BACK FROM THE BRINK
by Jerry Saltz
MoMA relives paintingís postwar near-death experience.
Aug. 27, 2007
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
by Jerry Saltz
Remembering Elizabeth Murray.
July 17, 2007
THE ALCHEMY OF CURATING
by Jerry Saltz
Examining the 52nd Venice Biennale, Documenta XII and Sculpture Projects Münster.
July 2, 2007
BIENNIAL CULTURE
by Jerry Saltz
Biennials are boring and bloated -- there must be a better way.
June 19, 2007
BUONA SERA
by Jerry Saltz
Richard Serra at the Museum of Modern Art. Plus five good public sculptures in New York City.
June 11, 2007
Summer Bummer
by Jerry Saltz
The Whitney Museumís bad trip back to the Ď60s.
June 4, 2007
Deal or No Deal
by Jerry Saltz
Takashi Murakamiís show is nakedly commercial; "Underdog" strikes an opposite pose, to much the same effect.
May 21, 2007
ITíS BORING AT THE TOP
by Jerry Saltz
Is Andreas Gursky -- the highest-priced photographer alive -- running out of ideas?
May 15, 2007
Same River Twice
by Jerry Saltz
Rirkrit Tiravanija makes dinner for gallerygoers. Plus, Gordon Matta-Clark.
Apr. 30, 2007
NOT BUYING IT
by Jerry Saltz
If "Not for Sale" tells us anything, itís that P.S.1 needs to make some changes.
Apr. 23, 2007
GET ME A BRUSH, STAT!
by Jerry Saltz
"High Times, Hard Times" at the National Academy Museum. Plus, Matthew Barney in a new performance.
Apr. 10, 2007
WRITTEN ON THE WALL AND IN THE WIND
by Jerry Saltz
Minimalist artist Sol LeWitt dies at age 78.
Apr. 9, 2007
CHARNEL KNOWLEDGE
by Jerry Saltz
Carroll Dunham's wounded beasts get medieval on their own asses. Plus, Karel Funk.
Mar. 26, 2007
NO MANíS LAND
by Jerry Saltz
Rachel Harrison ambivalently memorializes sculpture -- and men. Plus, Cary Liebowitz.
Mar. 19, 2007
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
by Jerry Saltz
Art market darling Terence Koh dances with skeletons and brightens the Whitney lobby. Plus, Christian Jankowski.
Mar. 12, 2007
FUR WHAT ITíS WORTH
by Jerry Saltz
Roaming beyond the art world grid with David and Chie Hammons. Plus, Sarah Anne Johnson.
Feb. 27, 2007
CRITIQUEUS INTERRUPTUS
by Jerry Saltz
Andrea Fraser replaces sensationalism with adoration. Plus, Eve Sussmanís Rape of the Sabine Women.
Feb. 20, 2007
BROKEN ANGEL
by Jerry Saltz
A new exhibition rescues artist Martín Ramirez from his "Outsider" status. Plus, "Positively 27th Street."
Feb. 12, 2007
THE BIGGEST PICTURE
by Jerry Saltz
"Cosmologies" takes a trip through grand visions and imaginary universes. And "Beyond the Pale" at Moti Hasson Gallery.
Jan. 29, 2007
SEEING DOLLAR SIGNS
by Jerry Saltz
Is the art market making us stupid? Or are we making it stupid?
Jan. 22, 2007
Pictures at an Execution
by Jerry Saltz
MoMAís "Manet and the Execution of Maximilian" and the Metís "Glitter and Doom" illuminate historyís darkest corners.
Jan 16, 2007
LOOKING BACK. . . SOMETIMES IN ANGER
by Jerry Saltz
Power, professionalism and perversity in the art world in 2006. Plus, Jackie Saccoccio.
Jan 2, 2007
SNAKES IN A BOX
by Jerry Saltz
Brice Marden has breathtaking ways of making things.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2006
Dec. 18, 2006
CURRIN EVENTS
by Jerry Saltz
John Currinís money shots: Lasciviousness, voyeurism and the inner life of paintings. Plus, Gregory Crewdson.
Dec. 4, 2006
SPACE ODYSSEYS
by Jerry Saltz
Imagining the future for two great institutions: Dia and the New Museum. Plus, Marilyn Minter.
Nov. 28, 2006
ONLY DISCONNECT
by Jerry Saltz
Jeffrey Wells and Joe Deutch take us to places on the edge of language that the world canít strip away.
Nov. 20, 2006
FEMALE TROUBLE
by Jerry Saltz
A plea for Lisa Yuskavage to return to her dirty-secret past. Plus, the Lower East Side at Orchard.
Nov. 6, 2006
THE WHITNEY CONTEMPORARY
by Jerry Saltz
The Whitneyís current Picasso exhibition shows that the museum needs a new vision. Plus, Marcia Tucker, R.I.P.
Oct. 30, 2006
THE PARALLAX VIEW
by Jerry Saltz
Mark Grotjahn undoes the insanity of a single perspective. Plus, Cimabue at the Frick.
Oct. 23, 2006
THE UNDEAD OF ART HISTORY
by Jerry Saltz
Dasha Shishkinís melancholic world. Plus, emerging artists at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Oct. 10, 2006
THE ART WORLD JUNGLE
by Jerry Saltz
The Chelsea art district, David Zwirner and the new fall season. Plus, a visit to Spiral Jetty.
Oct. 2, 2006
WHERE THE GIRLS ARENíT
by Jerry Saltz
In the art world, the prime real estate is still a men's club. Plus, Catherine Opie.
Sept. 18, 2006
THE TEMPEST
by Jerry Saltz
Jackson Pollockís acts of esthetic desperation. Plus, Stuart Hawkins.
Sept. 8, 2006
THE WHOLE BALL OF WAX
by Jerry Saltz
Can art change the world? A holistic theory.
Sept. 5, 2006
PLAYING IT STRAIGHT
by Jerry Saltz
Alas, the Whitney now looks almost as conservative and canonical as the Modern. Plus, the fall season begins.
July 10, 2006
GRACE, DEPRAVITY AND GRANDEUR
by Jerry Saltz
The Venetian Renaissance by way of ancient Greece and Cecil B. DeMille, in the paintings of Veronese.
July 5, 2006
THE SUBLIME IS US
by Jerry Saltz
In new work by Klara Liden, the unfathomable feelings of being alive. Plus, Justin Lowe.
June 22, 2006
CASH, CLOWNS, AND CARNIVAL
by Jerry Saltz
Martin Eder and Cosima von Bonin, two German artists in Chelsea. Plus, Halsey Rodman.
June 12, 2006
RECONSTRUCTION ZONE
by Jerry Saltz
Ted Riedererís quasi-religious, art-historical, life-and-death parable. Plus, Stephen Shore.
June 2, 2006
SHEíS NOT THERE
by Jerry Saltz
Sharon Lockhartís "Pine Flat" photographs, all subject matter and no content. Plus, Francis Cape.
May 26, 2006
ABSALOM, O ABSALOM
by Jerry Saltz
Photos of "The American War" from Ho Chi Minh City by Harrell Fletcher. Plus, Mark Hogancampís therapeutic war diorama.
May 17, 2006
INVASION OF THE SCULPTURE SNATCHERS
by Jerry Saltz
Curators Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett hold Cady Noland for random at Triple Candie.
May 9, 2006
LEVIATHAN
by Jerry Saltz
Matthey Barneyís Drawing Restraint 9 touches on everything. Plus, Xavier Cha.
May 2, 2006
Sale Away
by Jerry Saltz
Couldnít six Texas millionaires chip in and buy a group of Judds? Plus, Alex McQuilkin.
Apr. 26, 2006
GYPSY
by Jerry Saltz
Amy Sillman, a nervy painter who loves mid-century abstraction
Apr. 12, 2006
THE SEVENTH CIRCLE
by Jerry Saltz
Nan Goldin is giving us the moment before she will turn to ash. Plus, Paul Shambroom.
Apr. 3, 2006
HEAPS AND CONSEQUENCES
by Jerry Saltz
Tara Donovanís undulating, otherworldly river valley. Plus, Judith Linhares.
Mar. 28, 2006
QUEEN OF NIGHT
by Jerry Saltz
Kara Walkerís language of tattered words and shadow plays. Plus, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy.
Mar. 15, 2006
THE QUIETER WILDER SHORES OF PAINTING
by Jerry Saltz
Light shifts, reality and hallucination vie for dominance in the paintings of William Nicholson.
Mar. 13, 2006
HARDCORE
by Jerry Saltz
Charline von Heylís painting is a snake pit of styles.
Mar. 2, 2006
BIENNIAL IN BABYLON
by Jerry Saltz
The "Whitney Biennial 2006: Day for Night" is lively, brainy and self-conscious. Plus, Kelley Walker.
Feb. 27, 2006
IDOL THOUGHTS
by Jerry Saltz
The glory of Fountain, Marcel Duchampís ground-breaking "moneybags piss pot."
Feb. 14, 2006
INTERROGATION NATION
by Jerry Saltz
Walid Raad makes art that is like a communiquť from a secret agent. Plus shows by Joe Zucker and Sally Smart.
Feb. 3, 2006
A THORN TREE IN THE GARDEN
by Jerry Saltz
Andrea Zittel is Robinson Crusoe and Mad Max by way of Walden Pond, St. Augustine and Greenpeace. Plus, Nam June Paik, R.I.P.
Jan. 31, 2006
KILLING FIELDS
by Jerry Saltz
Thomas Hirschhorn, art and the unbearable image.
Jan. 17, 2006
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG ARTIST
by Jerry Saltz
If thereís no iconic image, does an artistís work become fuzzy in the mind?
Jan. 11, 2006
OUR PICASSO?
by Jerry Saltz
Robert Rauschenberg draws a line in the psychic sands of American sexual and cultural values.
Jan. 3, 2006
INKY DEPTHS
by Jerry Saltz
Celebrating art and artists, magazine-style, plus "Air Guitar" and works by Dylan Stone.
Jerry Saltz Archives for 2005
Dec. 20, 2005
SEEING OUT LOUD
by Jerry Saltz
Having an eye in criticism. Plus, Charles Burchfield and "Looking at Words."
Dec. 7, 2005
CLUSTERFUCK ESTHETICS
by Jerry Saltz
A manic-depressive panic attack in the face of profound information overload.
Nov. 28, 2005
Hell Bent
by Jerry Saltz
Tamy Ben-Torís Dostoyevskian gallery of contemporary lost souls, louts, louses and ignoramuses.
Nov. 16, 2005
ONE YEAR AFTER
by Jerry Saltz
Is the Museum of Modern Art becoming a madman who thinks it is king?
Nov. 10, 2005
MR. SYSTEM AND DR. DEATH
by Jerry Saltz
Luc Tuymans renders everything through the same shadowy scrim. Plus, Laleh Khorramian, Sergej Jensen.
Oct. 25, 2005
RELENTLESS TEMPEST
by Jerry Saltz
Elizabeth Murrayís distinctive place in American art. Plus, new work by Ludwig Schwarz and Claire Fontaine.
Oct. 18, 2005
BLOOD MONUMENT
by Jerry Saltz
Artist Sam Durantís "Proposal" is pointed without being preachy, heartrending but not mawkish.
Oct. 10, 2005
ODD ARTIST OUT
by Jerry Saltz
Chris Martinís show is a living room, an ashram and an opium den.
Sept. 26, 2005
Ups and Downs
by Jerry Saltz
Charting the new contemporary art season in New York.
Sept. 20, 2005
The Battle for Babylon
by Jerry Saltz
More artists, gallerists and curators are taking matters into their own hands in New York.
July 6, 2005
FLOUNDERING
by Jerry Saltz
Is the Venice Biennale too big, baggy, sluggish and bureaucratic?
June 27, 2005
UNEQUAL PARTNERS
by Jerry Saltz
Discerning difference between the good and the great in MoMA's "Cézanne and Pissarro."
June 20, 2005
ANAL-RETENTIVE WARRIOR PRINCESS
by Jerry Saltz
Sarah Szeís magical, maniacal ways of looking at structure and space.
June 6, 2005
REASON WITHOUT MEANING
by Jerry Saltz
Neo Rauchís contradictory, hallucinogenic spaces.
May 31, 2005
HAMMERED
by Jerry Saltz
Auctions are like stripteases, enticing the audience with whatís just out of reach.
May 26, 2005
RESTORATION DRAMA
by Jerry Saltz
Daniel Burenís Guggenheim installation turns the museum into a kind of sex machine.
May 17, 2005
MYSTIC RIVERS
by Jerry Saltz
Intriguing questions in "3 x Abstraction" at the Drawing Center.