Jerry Saltz on 40 Years of Changes in New York Art


Another “40,” following the one in the post above, but this time referring to years and works of art. Our friends over at New York magazine were kind enough to pass along word of their 40th anniversary issue and art critic Jerry Saltz‘s feature therein. In it, Saltz looks back over the past four decades the magazine has existed, seeing what’s gone on in the world of art in NYC and highlighting the pieces that made a specific, lasting mark, from Bruce Nauman‘s Slow Angle Walk to Jeff Koons‘ controversial “Made in Heaven” with his now-suing ex-wife. Here’s Saltz’s basic thesis for the feature:

A canon is antithetical to everything the New York art world has been about for the past 40 years, during which we went from being the center of the art world to being one of many centers. I skipped some art in which New York itself figured prominently — I hated Christo‘s The Gates, and I didn’t like Richard Serra‘s Tilted Arc either — and instead chose artists who threw New York curves, who changed the context of making art here.

Strangely, either what’s on their website isn’t complete, saving some of the details so you’ll go out an buy the magazine, or Saltz thinks art in New York stopped making waves in 1994, as that’s where the piece ends, with Kara Walker‘s Gone, An Historical Romance of a Civil War…. We’ll have to get hard copy and see for ourselves.