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How to Be an Artist
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Jerry Saltz is the senior art critic at New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture. The winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism, he has lectured at MoMA, the Guggenheim, the Whitney, and many other museums, and at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and elsewhere. Saltz lives in New York.

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"The creative salve you need to assuage self-doubt and find inspiration." --Fast Company "Trim, brilliant. . . . Whether you're a proud amateur or a frustrated expert, these are words worth taking to heart. Saltz's knowledge veins run deep, and his voice is crisp, frank, intimate and urgent." --BookPage

"Saltz offers ebullient, practical, and wise counsel to those who wonder, 'How can I be an artist?' ...A succinct, passionate guide to fostering creativity." --Kirkus Reviews "Inspiration leaps off the pages from Jerry Saltz's new book on creativity. One wants to say he's revealing secrets, but really, he's revealing intuition--intuition formed from decades of thinking about art. 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 "How to Be an Artist has relevance way beyond the art world. With his typical clarity and compassion, Jerry Saltz outlines a path for anyone who wants to dedicate their lives to chasing something they believe in. Even as a chef, I have Jerry's advice ringing through my brain at all times."
--David Chang
"In How to Be an Artist, Jerry Saltz is so right-on it scares me."
--Cindy Sherman "Jerry is an impassioned lover of all art and all artists, heartbroken when they're not good and joyous when they are. You don't read so much as bathe in his prose, turbulent but clear, emerging each time as hopeful as this morning."
--Peter Schjeldahl
" A ferociously positive and exuberant primer on being an artist. . . . Divine pragmatic advice with hope and intelligence."
--Maira Kalman
"An inspiring guide to making your art, putting it out into the world, and dealing with the consequences. I found a lot to steal here, and you will too."
--Austin Kleon "What is an artist? If most things make you bored or sad, but creating things makes you feel better, that's a sign that Fate is ushering you over to a tiny, rickety chair with a sign overhead that says, Hey, you. You might be an artist. The challenge then is, how to be a better artist. And Jerry Saltz is right: The truest answer is work. Practice. Make mistakes. Tear it up. Do it again. Get better. Keep going."
--Roz Chast "I am so blown away by [How to Be an Artist], because it takes the tools of the literal masters and offers them to whoever wants them. Any reader would be lucky to escape their self-doubt to indulge in this straightforward, funny, and delightful guide."
--Jill Soloway "Being an artist is a lonely pursuit--twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for the rest of your life. Most of the time it hurts. This book will help the pain."
--Tracey Emin "How to Be an Artist is such a fun and juicy read for artists of all kinds. 'Artists are cats, ' he says--such a simple but brilliant description of the artist's relationship to the world. I read this and thought, I guess I am a real artist!"
--Kim Gordon "I was so moved by Jerry Saltz's incredible new book, How to Be an Artist. . . . Deep and beautiful insights into how humans create."
--Amy Sedaris

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