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Quotes by Jerry Saltz - (17 quotes)

Jerry Saltz - From the Art category:

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)

Jerry Saltz - From the Artists category:

After too much art that made too much sense, artists are operating blind again. They're more interested in the possible than the probable, the private that speaks publicly rather than the public with no private side at all. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Audience category:

-New York Magazine, June 11, 2012...
I am all for art's finding a large audience. But the way that's happening now, with big works filling big galleries and bigger shows, is mostly stopping statements from being made. Or heard. Or talked about. Or really examined. It's watering things down. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Change category:

- art critic for New York Magazine...
Art is changing. Again. Here. Now. Opportunities to witness this are rare, so attend and observe. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Commerce category:

Auctions are bizarre combinations of slave market, trading floor, theatre and burlesque... a lot of people are going to be making a lot of excuses or maintaining that they were never part of this. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Contemporary Art category:

All great contemporary artists, schooled or not, are essentially self-taught and are de-skilling like crazy. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Dealers category:

-New York Magazine, June 11, 2012...
Rumors sound of galleries asking artists for up-sized art and more of it... Everything winds up set to maximum in order to feed the beast. Bigness is not all bad. There's something pleasing about large, well-lit spaces. But the bigness has also led to a narrowing of sensibilities, by making it very hard for any but the glitziest works to get traction. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Dealers category:

-New York Magazine, June 11, 2012...
While the space for artists and curators has increased enormously, maybe, just maybe, that's left room for too many people calling themselves artists and curators who are simply not up to the term. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Doubt category:

Certainty sees things in restrictive, protective, aggressive ways, and thus isn't seeing at all. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Energy category:

Energy and art go where they will. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Humanity category:

Scandal is only human. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Masters category:

Matisse is a beast. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Money category:

I adore the alchemy wherein artists who cast a complex spell make rich people give them their money. But too many artists have been making money without magic. This isn't alchemy; it's cagey gamesmanship and clever complacency. And it's trickled down.These days, newish art can be priced between $10,000 and $25,000. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Selling category:

When I tell artists that a new painting by a newish artist should go for around $1,200, they look at me like I'm a flesh-eating virus. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Shock category:

Once artists are expected to shock, it's that much harder for them to do so. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Skill category:

I don't look for skill in art... Skill has nothing to do with technical proficiency... I'm interested in people who rethink skill, who redefine or re-imagine it: an engineer, say, who builds rockets from rocks. (Jerry Saltz)

Jerry Saltz - From the Standards category:

-on art fairs, New York Magazine...
Sometimes good art jumps out at me; most of the time I see bad art, or see nothing at all and just drift, feeling weird, pretending to be fine. (Jerry Saltz)