“Art usually only makes the news in America when the subject is money.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“I hate art auctions.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“Outside museums, in noisy public squares, people look at people. Inside museums, we leave that realm and enter what might be called the group-mind, getting quiet to look at art.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“The art gods cooked up something special for James Ensor.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“Galleries began growing in both number and size in the late seventies, when artists who worked in lofts wanted to exhibit their work in spaces similar to the ones the art was made in.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“Robert Rauschenberg was not a giant of American art he was the giant. No American created so many aesthetic openings for so many artists.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“The secret of food lies in memory – of thinking and then knowing what the taste of cinnamon or steak is.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“The New York art world readily proves people wrong. Just when folks say that things stink and flibbertigibbet critics wish the worst on us all because we’re not pure enough, good omens appear.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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“I love Rauschenberg. I love that he created a turning point in visual history, that he redefined the idea of beauty, that he combined painting, sculpture, photography, and everyday life with such gall, and that he was interested in, as he put it, ‘the ability to conceive failure as progress.””

— Jerry Saltz —

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“Abstraction brings the world into more complex, variable relations it can extract beauty, alternative topographies, ugliness, and intense actualities from seeming nothingness.”

— Jerry Saltz —

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