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Michael Kimmelman      

New York Times Art Critic

Michael Kimmelman is chief art critic of The New York Times and a contributor to The New York Review of Books. While his critiques are certainly an assessment of art, they also seek to help everyday people understand the relationship between art and life. A Pulitzer Prize finalist, Kimmelman is the author of Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Times and The Washington Post.

His most recent book, The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa, which Time magazine described as "transcendent," was a New York Times bestseller and a Times Notable Book of the Year. The Accidental Masterpiece discusses the notion that art is more than a painting hanging in a gallery - it is the myriad aesthetic experiences we have everyday, a concept that can also be seen in Kimmelman's critiques.

Kimmelman is the critic and the critiqued. A concert pianist who has performed around the country, Kimmelman himself has first-hand experience of being critiqued, allowing him to share an artist's susceptibility.

Speech Topics

Amateurism: Making Art for the Love of It

Seeing Art Through the Eyes of Artists

How to Make Everyday Life into a Work of Art

The Life of a Musical Performer


Times Art Critic Michael Kimmelman to Take Over as Paper’s Architecture Critic

“The Times stands at the nexus of a whole bunch of forces,” says architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who left the paper (for The New Yorker) in 1997. “And in this job they’re all sort of acting upon you. The most difficult part of the job is this sense of obligation to do everything. To cover every exhibition. Every program. Every building, obviously. Every significant city-planning move … You realize every story you choose to write is also five important stories that go unwritten...

Seeing a Need for Oversight of New York's Lordly Towers - NYTimes ...

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN. Published: December 22, 2013. They're arriving along 57th Street like a clutch of preening runway models, super-tall and skinny,  ...

MoMA's Plan to Demolish Folk Art Museum Lacks Vision - NYTimes ...

By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN. Last year, the Museum of Modern Art caused a ruckus with a plan to raze its neighbor, the former American Folk Art Museum ...

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