Top Art Journalists

Top Art Journalists

You know what they say about art, no matter how good it is if no one has heard anything about it, the artists’ work is most likely to be forgotten in the hidden recesses of history.

We have decided to honor some of the best and the Top Journalists in the art niche. A painting by any popular artist matched against Van Gogh’s Irises may look the same, but why is that that sometimes, one artist’s work gets more popular than the other?

But, here’s the important question though: Why do we need extensive reporting to be done in the art industry? Or, is it relevant anymore, especially in this day and age. Knowledge and information about an artist’s work are important, and it will always be that way.

Sometimes, it’s the reporter’s words that highlight the vibrancy and the hidden issues embedded within a masterpiece. Through their skills, art journalists become the voice of the reason and intrigue behind someone’s creative brush strokes.

And then again, there’s the appraisal factor too.

Any masterful work is elevated by the news coverage and the media pitches it receives over time. That symbol of greatness that defines art, is sometimes a mere work of words put together through publicity campaigns for long-term recognition.

The reporters we have selected are known to highlight newsworthy content circulating in the art industry that we have come to know. Let’s take a look at these reporters and take a gander at what they’ve contributed so far in their respective niches.

TOP Art Journalists

1. Jerry Saltz New York Magazine


2. Kelly Crow The Wallstreet Journal


3. Roberta Smith The New York Times


4. Joshua Barone The New York Times


5. Leah Collins CBC Arts


6. Holland Cotter The New York Times


7. Vinson Cunningham The New Yorker


8. Nate Freeman Vanity Fair


9. Barbara Graustark The New York Times


10. Tom Seymour The Art Newspaper


11. Christopher Wynn The Dallas Morning News


12. Deborah Vankin Los Angeles Times


13. Benjamin Sutton The Art Newspaper


14. Jas Keimig The Stranger


15. Philip Kennicott The Washington Post


16. Vanessa H. Larson The Washington Post


17. Adam Rathe Town and Country Mag


18. Ray Rinaldi The Denver Post


19. Sebastian Smee The Washington Post


20. James Tarmy Bloomberg


21. Sarah Douglas ARTnews


22. Julian Lucas The New Yorker


23. Jori Finkel The New York Times

Jerry Saltz

Senior Art Critic, New York Magazine


Jerry Saltz

Jerry Saltz is an American art critic. Since 2006, he has been senior art critic and columnist for New York magazine. Formerly the senior art critic for The Village Voice, he received the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2018 and was nominated for the award in 2001 and 2006.

Kelly Crow

Staff Reporter, The Wallstreet Journal


Kelly Crow

Kelly Crow is a staff reporter covering the art market for The Wall Street Journal. She reports on sales at auction houses including Sotheby’s and Christie’s as well as analyzes the funding and art-buying activities of the world’s major museums, art fairs, artists and collectors around the world. Before joining the Journal in 2005, she wrote for the New York Times, based at the City desk where she helped cover city government, neighborhoods and the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

Roberta Smith

Co-Chief Art Critic, The New York Times


Roberta Smith

Roberta Smith is the co-chief art critic of The New York Times and a lecturer on contemporary art. She is the first woman to hold that position.

Joshua Barone

Assistant Performing Arts Editor, The New York Times


Joshua Barone is the assistant performing arts editor on the Culture Desk and a contributing classical music critic. He joined The New York Times in 2013, after working for a year with The Financial Times and studying at New York University and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Leah Collins

Senior Writer, CBC Arts


Leah Collins

Leah Collins is the Senior Writer at CBC Arts. She is an eater of ice cream. When not doing that, she writes and edits. Previously she worked at Dose.ca and Canada.com (Postmedia News).

Holland Cotter

Co-Chief Art Critic, The New York Times


Holland Cotter

Holland Cotter is the co-chief art critic of The New York Times, where he has been on staff since 1998. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. He writes on a wide range of art, old and new, and he has made extended trips to Africa and China for The Times. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has degrees from Harvard College, Columbia University and the City University of New York.

Vinson Cunningham

Staff Writer and Co-Theatre Critic, The New Yorker


Vinson Cunningham

Vinson Cunningham joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2016. Since 2019, he has served as a theatre critic for the magazine. In 2020, he was a finalist for a National Magazine Award for his Profile of the comedian Tracy Morgan. His writing on books, art, and culture has appeared in the Times Magazine, the Times Book Review, Vulture, the Awl, The Fader, and McSweeney’s, where he wrote a column called “Field Notes from Gentrified Places.” Cunningham previously served as a staff assistant at the Obama White House.

Nate Freeman

Art Columnist, Vanity Fair


Nate Freeman

Nate Freeman is the Art Columnist at Vanity Fair. He is also a senior reporter at Artnet.

Barbara Graustark

Art Editor, The New York Times


Barbara Graustark

Barbara Graustark is an Art editor at The New York Times overseeing art, design, architecture coverage & criticism for daily, Weekend, Arts & Leisure.

Tom Seymour

Associate Editor, The Art Newspaper


Tom Seymour

Tom Seymour serves as an Associate Editor at The Art Newspaper. His beat is primarily US-based arts news.

Christopher Wynn

Arts & Entertainment Editor, The Dallas Morning News


Christopher Wynn

Christopher Wynn is the Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Dallas Morning News. He leads a team of staff and contributing critics, arts writers and food journalists, and edits The News’ award-winning Sunday arts and culture section. He was previously deputy editor for FD magazine.

Deborah Vankin

Arts & Culture Writer, Los Angeles Times


Deborah Vankin

Deborah Vankin is an arts and culture writer for the Los Angeles Times. Her award-winning interviews and profiles unearth the trends, issues and personalities in L.A.’s arts scene. Her work as a writer and editor has also appeared in Variety, LA Weekly and the New York Times, among other places. Originally from Philadelphia, she’s the author of the graphic novel “Poseurs.”

Benjamin Sutton

Lead Editor, The Art Newspaper


Benjamin Sutton

Benjamin Sutton is a journalist, critic, and curator based in Brooklyn. He is currently the Lead Editor for the art market and news coverage at Artsy. He primarily writes about visual art and the industries surrounding it, though in past roles he also has written extensively about film, theater, music, and news.

Jas Keimig

Staff Writer, The Stranger


Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is a Staff Writer at The Stranger covering visual art, film, and stickers.

Philip Kennicott

Senior Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post


Philip Kennicott

Philip Kennicott is the Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post. He has been on staff at The Post since 1999, first as classical music critic, then as culture critic. In 2011, he combined art and architecture into a beat that is focused on everything visual in the nation’s capital.

Vanessa H. Larson

Multiplatform Editor, Journalist, The Washington Post


Vanessa H. Larson

Vanessa H. Larson joined The Washington Post as a multiplatform editor in 2019. She writes about culture, art and film, particularly that of the Middle East and Islamic world. She was previously a copy editor and then copy chief at the Washington Post Express from 2016 to 2019, and before that, a copy editor at Foreign Policy. She returned to her native city of Washington in 2014 after spending nearly seven years in Istanbul, where she covered Turkish affairs, travel and the arts for a variety of outlets.

Adam Rathe

Senior Editor, Arts and Culture, Town and Country Mag


Adam Rathe

Adam Rathe is a senior editor at Town & Country, covering arts and culture and a range of other subjects.

Ray Rinaldi

Journalist, Critic-at-Large, The Denver Post


Ray Rinaldi

Ray Mark Rinaldi is a critic-at-large based in Denver, Colorado, where, as both a writer and editor, he moderates a public discussion about American art in the West and how it influences. He writes about art holistically, connecting the dots between the visual arts, performance, music, architecture and literature, to present an inclusive picture of 21st century culture.

Sebastian Smee

Art Critic, The Washington Post


Sebastian Smee

Sebastian Smee is a Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic at The Washington Post and the author of “The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals and Breakthroughs in Modern Art.” He worked at the Boston Globe from 2008 to 2016, teaches at Wellesley College, and has previously worked in London and Sydney for the Daily Telegraph (U.K.), the Guardian, the Spectator, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Monthly.

James Tarmy

Writer, Bloomberg


James Tarmy

James Tarmy writes about art and culture for Bloomberg News. He is been writing for them for more than a decade now.

Sarah Douglas

Editor in Chief, ARTnews


Sarah Douglas

Sarah Douglas is the Editor in Chief of ARTnews. Formerly she was Culture Editor at The New York Observer.

Julian Lucas

Staff Writer, The New Yorker


Julian Lucas

Julian Lucas is a staff writer at The New Yorker. His writing for the magazine includes an exploration of slavery reënactments, as well as profiles of artists and writers such as El Anatsui and Ishmael Reed. Previously, he was an associate editor at Cabinet and a contributing editor at The Point.

Jori Finkel

Contributing Writer, The New York Times


Jori Finkel

Jori Finkel is an American writer and editor who specializes in contemporary art. She is best known for analyzing the inner workings of the art market and for chronicling the Los Angeles art scene during its expansion at the beginning of the 21st century.

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