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“How to look at art without feeling inferior”

Milton Esterow, editor and publisher of ARTnews, will teach listeners “How to Look at Art Without Feeling Inferior” when he speaks at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, April 7 at Zoellner Arts Center. His talk is free and open to the public.

The public is also invited to view the distinctive exhibition of American sculptor George Segal’s works, selected from the George and Helen Segal Foundation, in Zoellner’s Upper Gallery.

With more than 30 years’ experience, Esterow is the ideal guide through the labyrinth of contemporary art. From his connoisseur’s point of view, he discusses art criticism, art journalism, changing tastes and the international art market, as well as collectors and collecting.

Esterow, who began his career as a cultural affairs reporter for The New York Times, has been the editor and publisher of ARTnews since 1972. Under his pioneering leadership, ARTnews has become the world’s largest circulation art magazine and has been honored 30 times for excellence in reporting, criticism, and design. In 1981, ARTnews was the first magazine to receive the prestigious George Polk Award for cultural reporting, and the first fine-arts magazine to win a National Magazine Award for general excellence. A second Polk award, in 1992, went to ARTnews’ outstanding series which first revealed that art seized by the Nazis during World War II was still hidden in the former Soviet Union.

In February 2003, Esterow received a special award for lifetime achievement from the College Art Association, the national organization of 16,000 educators, artists, art historians, curators, critics, and institutions.

Esterow was cited for having “overseen the magazine’s financial success while enhancing its reputation and influence in the visual-arts community and beyond.”

The citation continued: “The magazine’s recent 100th anniversary, and Esterow’s 30th as editor and publisher, make this an appropriate time for the College Art Association to recognize his exceptional contributions to art journalism and investigative art reporting.”

For more information about Esterow’s talk, please call (610) 758-3615.

--Linda Harbrecht

Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005

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