A Message From Jerry Saltz
Jerry Saltz won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. He is a senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine.
When I meet an artist I try to assess their character. Not to glean if they’re a good or bad person, smart or dumb. I look for artists who have the character to consistently assess and address the problems that will inevitably arise in their work. Character has nothing to do with skill, proficiency or popularity. Having character is about discipline, daredevilry, openness, courage, the ability to withstand days and nights in hell not knowing. This is the character that will help you make your work never stand still, be willing to fix what needs fixing, and always follow the river of your work to where it leads you, however daunting or lonely. To always “beat on against the current.”