10 Art Lists

08/07/2012 11:21 AM |

“9. Jerry Saltz, “Eleven Things That Struck, Irked, or Awed Me at Documenta 13”

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If someone’s going to get riled up about an exhibition, it’s bound to be an art critic. We wouldn’t want the profession’s finest [what? list] to be anything other than mercurial, and Jerry Saltz’s furor over this year’s mega-exhibition, Documenta 13, was the most balanced, scathing indictment about an art exhibition we’ve read this year. He scolds the show’s curators for their “control-freak secrecy,” but doesn’t forget to praise the artists who are doing things right, like Ryan Gander. Saltz, just to remind you of his own critical flubs—he’s not perfect, either—recounts a story about how his wife, The New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, makes fun of his poor German skills.