Art Is Life : Icons And Iconoclasts, Visionaries And Vigilantes, And Flashes Of Hope In The Night by Jerry Saltz
View book: Art Is Life : Icons And Iconoclasts, Visionaries And Vigilantes, And Flashes Of Hope In The NightFrom the Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author of How to Be an Artist comes a delightfully readable exploration of the art world during tumultuous periods. Jerry Saltz, a highly regarded art critic and advocate for the significance of art in our cultural landscape, has captivated contemporary readers with his witty and thought-provoking commentary.
For over two decades, Saltz has been an influential voice, shining a light on forgotten women artists and marginalized creators in the African American, LGBTQ+, and other communities. Sotheby’s Institute of Art aptly referred to him as “the art critic.” Now, in Art Is Life, Saltz draws on his extensive body of work to offer a real-time assessment of contemporary art as a reflection of our times.
Throughout the book, Saltz chronicles key turning points, such as the cultural impact of 9/11 and the ongoing social crises, while examining how visionary artists both document and challenge our culture. He provides insightful evaluations of trailblazers like Kara Walker, David Wojnarowicz, Hilma af Klint, and Jasper Johns, as well as provocative figures like Jeff Koons, Richard Prince, and Marina Abramovic. Additionally, Saltz celebrates landmarks in art history, including Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald’s Obama portraits, and offers unexpected perspectives on well-known figures like Thomas Kinkade and Kim Kardashian.
In Art Is Life, Saltz combines his candor and conviction to argue for the vital role of the fearless artist, emphasizing that art serves as a channel for human experience and provides a necessary lens into our contemporary world. In addition to his insightful commentary, Saltz shares personal stories of his haunted childhood, experiences as a “failed artist,” and transformative encounters with the masterpieces of Botticelli, Delacroix, and the cave painters of Niaux.
This openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most important cultural observers reaffirms the power and relevance of art in a time of uncertainty.