244: Art is Life with Jerry Saltz

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with host artist Miriam Schulman

Do you remember “finishing” a painting, or a writing and looking back at it a few days later and realizing that it’s not quite done yet? Did you ever wake up at 3 am only to be plagued by the voices that say just how terrible of an artist you are? These are universal experiences all artists share and our guest shares more about these. 

Today’s guest is Jerry Saltz, and he’s seen enough art to know what he’s talking about. Jerry is an art critic, a columnist, and Senior Art Critic for New York Magazine. He was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and is a two-time ASME Award winner. He’s authored several books including NYT Best Seller How to Be an Artist and Art is Life. 

For many years now, Jerry’s days have been completely filled with art. From waking up in the morning trying to get to work as soon as possible, going through the New York art scene with his wife (who is also an art critic), discussing their thoughts over some classic NY pizza, and going home to write about what he just saw, he’s amassed a wide knowledge of art. And he talks more about the realizations he’s had throughout the years and the universal truths about art. 

“Just get to work, artists. It’s not that hard to make bad art.” – Jerry Saltz 

In this podcast, you will discover…

So what are these universal truths about art? Here are some that we talk about in this episode: 

  • All artists make bad art
  • The impact of art and the statements they make
  • The process of making art and “leaving everything on the canvas.” 

Art is powerful. Art leaves an impact. Everything you create will leave an impact, and maybe you’ll never even know what that impact is. But you can make a change. So keep on making art, even if it’s mediocre. Even if it’s bad. Because only you can make your art, and only you are capable of making your change. Listen to this episode to receive more inspiration, and hear Jerry’s story that’s funny, yet extremely relatable, anecdotes on art. 

“Art does change lives and minds. And lives and people change the world.” – Jerry Saltz 

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About Jerry

Jerry Saltz is one of our most-watched writers about art and artists, and a passionate champion of the importance of art in our shared cultural life. Since the 1990s he has been an indispensable cultural voice: witty and provocative, he has attracted contemporary readers to fine art as few critics have. An early champion of forgotten and overlooked women artists, he has also celebrated the pioneering work of African American, LGBTQ+, and other long-marginalized creators. Sotheby’s Institute of Art has called him, simply, “the art critic.”

With his signature blend of candor and conviction, Jerry Saltz argues in Art Is Life for the importance of the fearless artist—reminding us that art is a kind of channeled voice of human experience, a necessary window onto our times. The result is an openhearted and irresistibly readable appraisal by one of our most important cultural observers.

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About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

After witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, What Women Create, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. Check out my best-selling book with HarperCollins Leadership, Artpreneur, how to make money from your creativity, wherever books are sold. When I’m not in the studio, I split my time between New York City and a farmhouse in the country. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies

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Listener shout out of the week!

Love. This. Podcast.
I have never left a review for a podcast. I’m totally chalking it up to my introvertedness (new word I just made up, but seriously!!). I don’t know how I found her, but a week or so ago, I did. And, now… I cannot stop listening. I’m an artist… I would have said “aspiring” artist until I started listening to Miriam. I recently took an overnight day job work trip which was a six hour drive one way, and I listened to every episode I could fit into my drive. I took so many notes (voice memos, of course) and have so many things to do now because of her, and her guest’s, tips, that I am actually never saying “aspiring” artist again. I am an artist. Any artist, or creator, or maker of things out there, should definitely listen to every single episode, and take notes. To say the least, she has inspired me to take the leap into the full-time art world, which is exactly where I want to be!! Thank you, Miriam!!!

~ tz_designs

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I’m Miriam Schulman, your curator of inspiration.

I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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