Jerry Saltz Biography

Jerry Saltz (Art Critic) Bio, Wife, Net Worth, NY Magazine

Who is Jerry Saltz?

Jerry Saltz is a well-known American art critic. He has been a senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine since 2006. Formerly the Village Voice’s senior art critic, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2018 after being nominated in 2001 and 2006.

Jerry Saltz, the art world’s own Rodney Dangerfield, has been around the block. Born in Chicago in 1951, he’s been a big cheese art critic for New York magazine since 2006. Before that, he was the head honcho art critic at the Village Voice.

He’s written for pretty much every art rag out there, from Art in America to Frieze. But what really sets him apart is his sense of humor.

Salty (get it?) isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself and the whole art world. He’s known for being irreverent, funny, and down-to-earth, even though he’s a super important art critic.

Here’s the funny thing: Saltz himself doesn’t think critics have much power over artists’ careers.

He’s all “who am I to tell someone their art is good or bad?” Yet somehow, ArtReview magazine still ranked him as one of the 73rd most powerful people in the art world in 2009.

Talk about having the last laugh! He even judged a reality show for Bravo called “Work of Art” – seems like the art world can’t get enough of this colorful character.

Saltz was born and raised in Chicago’s inner city before migrating to the suburbs when his father created the Dexter Hand Sewing Machine. When he was ten years old, his mother died. Jerry studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1970 to 1975 before dropping out.

Saltz is married to his lovely wife Roberta Smith. She is the art critic and co-chief of the New York Times. They live in an apartment in Greenwich Village.

Full NameJerry Saltz
Age73 years old
BirthdayFebruary 19
Relationship StatusMarried
Height5 feet  8 inches (1.72 meters)
Known ForNew York Magazine
Zodiac SignAries
Net Worth$1 million -$3 Million (Approx.)


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  • Seeing Out Loud: The Village Voice Art Columns
  • Seeing Out Louder. Hudson Hills Press LLC
  • Beyond Boundaries: New York’s New Art
  • How to Be an Artist

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