Art is Life : Icons & Iconoclasts, Visionaries & Vigilantes, & Flashes of Hope in the Night available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Art is Life : Icons & Iconoclasts, Visionaries & Vigilantes, & Flashes of Hope in the Night

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'The book brings together two decades of his writing, through the tumultuous years of 9/11, Obama, and Trump in America, all with Saltz’s typically wry brand of humor and get-up-and-go attitude' - Magazine ArtLand

A readable survey of the art world in turbulent times

Senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine, Jerry Saltz is as influential as they come. He demystifies the art world in refreshing plain speak and his latest book, focusing on the two decades since 9/11, promises to be another must-listen." - Irish Times From the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of How to Be an Artist, a deliciously readable survey of the art world in turbulent times. Jerry Saltz is one of our most-watched writers about art and artists, and a passionate champion of the importance of art in our shared cultural life.

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. Now, in Art Is Life, Jerry Saltz draws on two decades of work to offer a real-time survey of contemporary art as a barometer of our times. Chronicling a period punctuated by dramatic turning points - from the cultural reset of 9/11 to the rolling social crises of today - Saltz traces how visionary artists have both documented and challenged the culture.

Art Is Life offers Saltz's eye-opening appraisals of trailblazers like Kara Walker, Hilma af Klint and Jasper Johns; provocateurs like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince and Marina Abramovic; and visionaries like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. With his signature blend of candour and conviction, Jerry Saltz argues in Art Is Life for the importance of the fearless artist. The result is an openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most important cultural observers.

  • Author: Jerry Saltz
  • Hardcover: 368 pages 
  • Date published: November 2022
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781781578889
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 cm

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