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“Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz’s new book on creativity…This book is for the artist or non-artist, for the person who gets plain English, for the person who understands that practical talk can coax out the mystical messages that lie underneath.” — Steve Martin
Jerry Saltz discusses “How to Be an Artist.” A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At the Performance Hall of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Presented in partnership with the Seminary Co-Op, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts and the Open Practice Committee at the Department of Visual Arts at The University of Chicago
About the book: Art has the power to change our lives. For many, becoming an artist is a lifelong dream. But how to make it happen? In “How to Be an Artist,” Jerry Saltz, one of the art world’s most celebrated and passionate voices, offers an indispensable handbook for creative people of all kinds.
From the first sparks of inspiration—and how to pursue them without giving in to self-doubt—Saltz offers invaluable insight into what really matters to emerging artists: originality, persistence, a balance between knowledge and intuition, and that most precious of qualities, self-belief. Brimming with rules, prompts, and practical tips, “How to Be an Artist” gives artists new ways to break through creative blocks, get the most from materials, navigate career challenges, and above all find joy in the work.
Teeming with full-color artwork from visionaries ancient and modern, this beautiful and useful book will help artists of all kinds—painters, photographers, writers, performers—realize their dreams.
About the author: Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture. He is the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and a 2019 National Magazine Award. Before joining New York in 2007, Saltz had been art critic for The Village Voice since 1998, and was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize during his tenure there. A frequent guest lecturer, he has spoken at the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum, and many others, and has appeared at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, and elsewhere.