The Easel

Archives: Jackson Arn

29th November 2022

This devastatingly brilliant and unconscionably awful book will delight and appall

After “failing” as an artist, Jerry Saltz drove trucks. After that, he started writing art criticism. He is criticized for being insufficiently knowledgable of art history, too “woke” and prone to exaggeration. He also is highly influential and writes in a passionate yet accessible style that has won him a Pulitzer prize. His new book gets a mixed report card. Saltz’s vision is so “clouded by superlatives” that his writing sometimes resembles a press release. But, “he seems like a perfectly nice guy”.