Talk about a power couple. He’s the senior art critic for New York magazine, she for The New York Times. Together, they shape the New York art conversation, providing competing and compelling points of view in the world’s art capital.
Though married for 21 years, Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith approach art criticism in entirely different ways. Mr. Saltz is a critic of the people, using humor and fun colloquial language to democratize the practice of art appreciation. He even created a Facebook page where he posts art news and communicates with his followers on an informal basis, helping to crowdsource the conversation about art.
Ms. Smith, on the other hand, heads up the Old Guard of art criticism. Her process is hers alone; in other words, her own knowledge and opinions—not those of Facebook followers—inform her critiques. The critics’ approaches are different, but together they appeal to New York’s diverse art community.