Sunday, May 30, 2010

jerry saltz: art doesn't have to be so arcane are thought provoking excerpts from nymag art critic jerry saltz's interview with time out chicago. saltz, who will be joining the cast of bravo's new reality series called work of art, remarks on the accessibility of seemingly esoteric art. it's refreshing to hear that saltz's involvement in the show stems from his aspiration to democratize and encourage artistic dialogue.

on why he's doing the bravo reality show:

I wanted to perform criticism in public to show that it’s not an elitist practice but specialist and subjective—and more thrilling than people imagine.
on art being off putting: 
People are frightened of looking at and making judgments about art, and they don’t need to be. They just need to look longer, see harder, listen to themselves, and they’ll hear voices they didn’t know they had in their heads, voices of real discernment...We are not sure as a culture what art is to us. So when people are presented with stuff that is called art, nobody knows what to do with it. And that’s sad to me because people make visual judgments every single day: what color are you wearing, what material is it.
on top chef being more accessible than an art-centric reality show: 
I think the act of making art is not inherently sexy to most people. With food, that’s implied penetration and sexual. Sometimes watching somebody saw a piece of wood—not so interesting. To me, however, it’s metaphysically sensual—watching somebody try to imbed thought in material.
 to art snobs:
What I say: Don’t ask if it’s art; ask what might make it good or bad art. It’s like looking at Avatar and saying, “This isn’t a movie.” You’re gonna get into some sicko ontological conversation—and art criticism has done that. It speaks in a jargon that only hip metaphysicians can understand. And I feel like a dope when I’m reading it.

read the interview in it's entirety here:

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