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James Franco Is, Actually, an Artist. So Why Won’t the Art World Take Him Seriously?
In conversation with Jerry Saltz, the celebrity makes a case for his art.
The MetNey Is a Landscape-Changer. Unfortunately, the First Show Is Not.
The museum's first show in the old Whitney is exhilarating, heart-sickening.
The Art Megacollectors Who Live in Their Own Contemporary Museum
Which they open to the rest of us each March.
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‘What Is the Diameter of the Earth?’ and ‘Why Is the Earth Not a Cube?’: The Entropic, Liberating Power of Fischli and Weiss
It should always be a Fischli and Weiss moment.
Should Lower East Side Galleries Close Sundays?
This may seem like a trivial question, but it's actually about the art world's whole balance of power.
I Can’t Stop Thinking About This Drawing by a Man With No Hands or Feet
Jerry Saltz on the infinitely intricate art of Matthias Buchinger.
How Art Star Mark Grotjahn Became Art Star Mark Grotjahn: By Repainting Signs for Local Mom-and-pop Stores in L.A.
Frustrated with painting but not wanting to be left behind, he said, “I wanted to change.”
The Masterwork the Whitney Rejected
Charles Ray’s Huck and Jim at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jerry Saltz on Ellsworth Kelly 1923–2015; ‘The American Matisse’
"Now, his work stuns me from its own Platonic eternity."
New York Has Solved the Problem of Public Art. But at What Cost?
What am I supposed to do when cultural forces I loathe are responsible for something like a new golden age of public art?
How Jerry Saltz Learned to Love the MoMA Again
This year, MoMA reminded us just how indispensable and, at times, spectacular it can be.
The 10 Best Art Shows of 2015
Get the space for art right, and goodwill should follow.
How Jim Shaw Birthed a New Era of Appropriation
Shaw is his own breed of artist who both does and doesn't fit his generation; his work has a distinct, self-effacing quirky generosity about it.
Can a Show As Dreary As This One Be Good for the Whitney? Yes.
Each time someone recognized me, they came up to me, flummoxed, asking, "What is this stuff supposed to be about?"
The Malignant Influence of Michael Krebber: How Early-’00s Abstraction Gave Way to Zombie Formalism
Krebber isn't another high-priced version of this place-holding art; he's an original instigator of it.
The Whitney Rejected This Masterpiece Sculpture
The sculpture is not only a 21st-century masterpiece, it embodies so much of America’s past and current struggles that had it been placed in the front of this museum at this time, it might have been a beacon, a lightning rod, a second Statue of Liberty.
Toward a Unified Theory of Frank Stella
I’m a Stella fan who can't deny his importance but who also wouldn't want to live with most of these things.
The Strange (and Often Wonderful) Things We See When Celebrities Paint
Fame has become such a meta-subject and an American obsession that just the act of someone famous making a painting is thought to add kicky secret layers to the artist’s image.
The Photograph Jerry Saltz Can’t Stop Thinking About
From Markus Brunetti’s series of huge, riveting, incredibly intricate photographic composites.