Top Art Journalists to Cover Your Story – The 2023 List

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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 of curators and artists vying for attention.

This is where Prowly can help. With a 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.

Search by beat, location, job title, or outlet, and create your art press list effortlessly. It’s 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 Media 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.

Sarah Douglas - Top art journalists
Source: Twitter

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.

Jerry Saltz - Top art critics
Source: Twitter

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.

Jonathan Jones - Top art reporters
Source: The Guardian

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.

Peter Schjeldahl - Top art critics
Source: The New Yorker

Find more art journalists

Looking for more art media contacts? Find them in Prowly’s Media Database. With over 1 million contacts from all over the world, you can be sure to find a perfect match for your press release.

Cover photo by Julian Irigoyen