Purple Diary

[April 17 2018]

Congratulations to Jerry Saltz for winning the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

Jerry Saltz, senior art critic for New York Magazine (and one of the names in our Purple Index 76), has been named The 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Criticism.

He was shortlisted alongside fellow finalists Carlos Lozada of The Washington Post and Manohla Dargis of The New York Times, and was ultimately announced the winner on April 16th, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City.

Perhaps one of America’s most famous art critic, he was selected “for a robust body of work that conveyed a canny and often daring perspective on visual art in America, encompassing the personal, the political, the pure and the profane,” states The Pulitzer Prize committee, also dubbed “an innovative user of social media” for his outspoken presence on social media. His winning works included articles all published originally by New York Magazine in 2017.

Saltz was previously nominated for the prize in 2001 and 2006 as the senior art critic at the Village Voice.

“I am whatever you say I am. How you use my work is how you use it. In my head, I’m sort of a folk-critic, a very poor cosmic-lottery-winning Sister Wendy/Bob Ross guy” — Read the full interview by Maurizio Cattelan and Marta Papini in Purple Magazine S/S 2018 issue 29 here!

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