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Renowned New York magazine art critic and columnist Jerry Saltz has found himself in hot water over a seemingly bombastic announcement.
On Monday the 69-year-old writer tweeted: “A good critic always puts more into writing about art work than the artist put into making it. The artist only creates. The critic must plumb that creation & also write creatively enough to deliver the full volume of the art while also creating a thing of beauty & clarity itself.”
Almost immediately his name began trending on Twitter with furious users aghast.
“This tweet gets worse every time I re-read it,” one comment read while MTV personality Kurt Loder wrote, “Surely kidding.”
“Imagine being egotistical enough to say ‘The artist only creates’,” read another comment while another Twitter user wrote, “This is the kind of bulls–t that gives critics a bad name.”
Saltz attempted to batten down the brouhaha by tweeting: “DO I have to say it again: A good critic DOES create! We do not ‘surpass’ a work. We create a thing in itself adjacent to another thing in itself. We ‘just create’ too. Un-knot your panties! No one said creating something is easy! So literal! You know I love you, artists!”
An hour later, the Pulitzer Prize winner still felt misunderstood because he again tried to quell the criticism he was receiving.
“Someone who writes about wine does not have to make wine. Ditto someone who writes about cooking,” he wrote. “Criticism does not surpass art. I am arguing that criticism creates and it is a thing in itself that is adjacent to another thing in itself. Not better or worse. x”
Besides “creating a thing of beauty” for New York Magazine, Saltz also served as a judge on the Bravo show, “Work of Art: The Next Great American Artist” which ran for one season.
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