The Easel

On Writing and Criticism: An Interview with Jerry Saltz

A refreshing blast from the inimitable critic. On art reviews: “you get to a word like “problematize” … What does this even mean?” Wall labels: “Just read the last two sentences. That’s usually where it tells you what you need to know.” Art critics: “I am lucky. I was a long-distance truck driver into my 40s” and: “I think we lost three generations of critics to academicism, writers made skittish about their own opinions”.