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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz is here to explain to you how to bring art and creativity into your life, with irreverent, inspiring and priceless pieces of advice on getting on in art.

As the witty and passionate chief art critic for New York magazine, Jerry Saltz is often approached by artists, both amateur and professional, asking him for advice: How do I get started? How do I get better? Is what I'm doing even art at all? They want to know, in short, how to be an artist.

Now, expanding on his viral cover story for New York magazine - and drawing on his decades of immersion in the art world - Saltz has the answers. How to Be an Artist is an indispensable book of practical inspiration for creative people of all kinds. Brimming with dozens of brand new rules, prompts, exercises and tips designed to break through creative blocks, ignite motivation and conquer bad habits, this book is designed to help artists of all kinds - painters, photographers, writers, performers - realise their dreams. 

Includes such advice as:

  • Make art for now, not the future
  • No, you don't need graduate school
  • Recognise convention, and resist constraint
  • Get lost
  • Listen to the wildest voices in your head
  • Know what you hate (it's probably you)
  • Finish the damn thing!
  • How to recover from critical injuries
©2020 Jerry Saltz (P)2020 Octopus Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"I wish I had read these rules 40 years ago and carried them around like a bible. By chance or design I've followed most of them at some point but it took me a lifetime as an artist to find what worked. They are the generous, loving, enthusiastic, bullshit-free advice of a master communicator, just reading them makes me want to charge back into the studio." (Grayson Perry) 

"Being an artist is a lonely pursuit - 24 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) 

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EVERY Artist, visual or other should read this!!

Jerry tells it like it is. He has many wonderful truths to share. Whether you're stuck or not. Read or listen to this book. TIP: listen at 1.5 .... or faster!! It is an essential read!!

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For every creative person ever

Everyone needs to hear this who has some kind of creative practice. Jerry has a way of cutting through the crap and delivering a message hard and swift like a punch in the face. The best punch in the face you’ll ever have. Thank you Jerry Saltz

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Transformational.

Jerry you are genius. Inspirational and transformational. Love love love this book. Simple meaningful, direct and loving to compel the artist within to get on and do it. !! I’m going to wear out the audio recording listening to this over and over again. 💕

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LOVED IT

I will definitely be returning to this book again in the future. Such loving, practical and succinct advice. Jerry really understands artists. Get to work !!

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  • 01-06-2020

Worth it

It was worth the read/listen. The author narrated very well. The book was reassuring and informative. Keeping the one star just coz I want to keep room for betterment. Hehe.

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  • Thomasson
  • 26-06-2020

Loved it! Actually made me work!

Brilliant no-nonsense pep-talk style nuggets of wisdom in manageable snippets that motivate and inspire. Excellent! 😍

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  • 25-11-2020

Opinion masquerading as fact

There's some lovely, positive ideas. Some great motivational drivers from a very informed author. However, very complicated ideas are simplified and presented in a very reductive manner that doesn't do development of a solid knowledge base any favours.

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  • A de Almeida Araujo
  • 09-10-2020

Fab book

A real gem. Jerry cuts to the chase and is very motivating in the unending artists’ search for truth

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  • Tara Rampersaud
  • 11-07-2020

Jerry Saltz reads his book ! What a great listen !

Loved this book when I read it and loved it even more listening to Jerry Saltz reading it ! Saltz is a passionate art writer and this was 2 hours I will happily repeat.

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  • brian
  • 19-04-2020

Highly Recommended

Highly Recommended - 5 Stars Very Inspirational!!!! I Just Wish I Had This Book 25 Years Ago. Go Get Your Own Copy!!!

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  • tracy
  • 10-04-2020

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so insightful. great encouragement for all artists of all levels.i now know we (artists) all have same struggles.Jerry puts a voice outside our head that confirms this !! thank you

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  • Georgia Longford
  • 28-03-2020

To the point

A short book that speaks to the real artist. Understanding the inner voice within us all and kicks us up the arse to get out there. This is more a spiritual push than a manual on how to go forward with your career. But I did enjoy it. It felt nice to be understood.

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