Jerry Saltz: How to be an Artist (with Roberta Smith)

Tuesday March 17: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Event Admission          Signed Copy, No Admission

Jerry Saltz is one of the most influential-and popular-culture writers working today. As the witty and passionate chief art critic for New York magazine, he is approached constantly by artists, both amateur and professional, asking him for advice: How do I get started? How do I get better? Is what I’m doing even art at all? They want to know, in short, how to be an artist.

Now, expanding on his viral cover story for New York magazine-and drawing on his decades of immersion in the art world-Jerry Saltz has the answers. How to Be An Artist is an indispensable book of practical inspiration for creative people of all kinds. Brimming with dozens of brand new rules, prompts, exercises, and tips (Tell Your Own Story and You Will Be Interesting; Imagination Is More Important than Knowledge; Make Art for Now, Not for the Future; and Finish the Damn Thing!) designed to break through creative blocks, ignite motivation, conquer bad habits, and help artists of all kinds-painters, photographers, writers, performers-realize their dreams.

Join us in the Rare Book Room to discuss artists being artists with Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith!

Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture. He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and a 2019 National Magazine Award. Before joining New York in 2007, Saltz had been art critic for The Village Voice since 1998, and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize during his tenure there. A frequent guest lecturer, he has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, and many others, and has appeared at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and elsewhere.




Roberta Smith is co-chief art critic of The New York Times and a lecturer on contemporary art.