Top Art Journalists to Cover Your Story – The 2021 List

A painting by a young art student and Van Gogh’s Irises might look equally good but it is no secret that the Dutchman’s work will be priced a 1000 times more than the budding artist. So how is a piece elevated from masterful work to a symbol of greatness bringing your company recognition and publicity?

It is an open secret that the art world is incredibly difficult to break into with hundreds or curators and artists vying for attention and standing out is extremely tough.

This is where we Prowly can help. With an always up-to-date media database of over 1,000,000 journalists, including thousands of art journalists and media outlets, you can be sure to find and connect with the ones that matter to you in a matter of minutes.

Search by beat, location, job title, or outlet, and create your art press list effortlessly. Oh, and you can try it for free for 7 days.

Let’s take a look at some of the top journalists and reporters covering art, whose contact details you can find in Prowly’s database.

The most influential art journalists

Sarah Douglas

Editor-in-Chief at ARTnews

Sarah Douglas has extensive experience in the world of art journalism. She started as an associate editor at The Art Newspaper in 2000 and since then she has been the Senior Staff Writer at Art+Auction magazine where she launched the daily online news service She also served as Culture Editor at The New York Observer, founding and overseeing GalleristNY and later went back to The Art Newspaper and worked as a writer.

For the past six years, she has been working as the Editor-in-chief of ARTnews, where she overhauled the magazine and increased its presence. It is no surprise then, that her taking recognition of your work will be a huge boost.

Jerry Saltz

Senior Art Critic at New York Magazine

A renowned art critic, Jerry is the Senior Art Critic and Columnist for New York Magazine. He worked at The Village Voice prior to this and has contributed to Art in America, Flash Art International, Frieze, and Modern Painters, among other art publications.

The winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for criticism, he is active on Facebook and engages users with the goal of demystifying his field. He is active on Instagram as well so it is no wonder that inclusion in his columns is a huge honor in itself not to mention the recognition it would bring.

Adrianna Campbell-LaFleur

Curator and Art Historian

Adrianna is a curator and art historian specializing in nineteenth and twentieth-century American art. Currently a graduate student at the City University of New York, she received her BFA degree in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design where the  RISD Museum awarded her a Carnegie Fellowship, a testament to her brilliance.

She worked as the associate curator at Forbes, where she managed an international art collection and has authored essays on contemporary art for Artforum, Art in America, and frieze. Having co-edited an edition of the International Review of African American Art dedicated to Norman Lewis, she is also a founding editor of apricota, a journal focused on art writing and history.

She is active on Instagram and has a wide following so being mentioned on her page is a huge opportunity.

Rebecca Solnit

Writer, Author, Feminist

Rebecca Solnit writes on a variety of topics ranging from environment, politics, art, and feminism. She has written over twenty books and contributes to The Guardian, Harper’s Baazar, and LitHub. Her work has been recognized with the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan literary fellowship, and numerous other awards.

With a diverse audience, Solnit’s appraisal of your work can be invaluable particularly because of her ability to put art into context with politics, humor, and culture giving it relevance beyond the ornamental.

Lucy Lippard

Art Critic and Author

Lucy Lippard is a prolific writer having published more than 20 books on contemporary art. In addition, she is an activist, feminist, and curator and an early champion of feminist art.

Curator of over 50 exhibitions in Latin America, Europe, and America, she has worked with numerous artists’ groups to further their cause. A contributing editor for Art in America, she writes regular columns on art and politics in Village Voice, In These Times, and Z Magazine among others. Awarded multiple times by literary critics and art associations, her voice and expertise are sought out across the world.

If your work takes a look at politics through art or is a commentary of the current times then being on Lippard’s watchlist is a must.

Patricia Bickers

Editor at Art Monthly Magazine

Patricia Bickers has lectured at St Martin’s School of Art, London, Goldsmiths’ College, London, and the Ruskin School of Drawing at the University of Oxford, amongst others. She was a judge for the Turner prize (named after J. M. W. Turner for British visual artists) in 2001 and has curated various exhibitions.

The editor of the Art Monthly, Britain’s longest established contemporary art magazine, and director of Art Monthly foundation, she is also a member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH) and the Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art (AICA).

She has talked a lot about PR and art journalism and should definitely be on your press list if you are into contemporary art from across the world.

Jonathan Jones

Writer at The Guardian

Jonathan is an author and has written on art for The Guardian for over 20 years now. He was a judge for the Turner Prize in 2009 and has appeared on the BBC television series, Private Life of a Masterpiece.

He isn’t afraid to pack a punch in his reviews and this has often led to him getting into virtual wars with readers and artists with some feuds generating enough interest to warrant columns being written on them.

However, as the saying goes, “There is no bad publicity”, so if you are looking for dramatic discussions on art or want your piece to provoke a wildfire reaction then he is the man to approach.

Peter Schjeldahl

Head Art Critic at The New Yorker

A veteran journalist, Schjeldahl has written for Artforum, Art in America, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

He has authored four books on criticism and worked at The Village Voice for 8 years and has been working at the New Yorker for the last 22 years. As a poet, his articles evoke a sense of longing for the places and art he describes and are beautiful reads.

Having been recognized with numerous awards, he is one of the most highly revered art critics in the world, and to have him write about your work is the pinnacle that many artists aspire for.

Find more art journalists

Looking for more art media contacts?

Find them in Prowly’s database to ensure that your piece has the best possible reach. With over 1 million contacts from all over the world, you can be sure to find a perfect match for your press release.

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