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Deborah Solomon speaks with Peter Schjeldahl

To mark the publication of Peter Schjeldahl’s new volume, Let’s See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker (Thames & Hudson, 2008), author Deborah Solomon spoke with the New York–based art critic—recipient of the 2008 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing—about the task of writing about art in different times and places.

DEBORAH SOLOMON: Your new book is, in fact, your fourth collection of criticism, and you have been reviewing contemporary art with only minor interruptions since 1965—probably longer than anyone else in this country. What is it like being among the most durably revered of American critics in an age when the Internet has made everyone a critic?

PETER SCHJELDAHL: Everyone was always a critic. Now everyone is a published critic.

DS: You were at the Village Voice in the early 1980s, when you championed David Salle, Eric Fischl, and Cindy Sherman, and many readers felt introduced

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