“Part of what drives you, in a journalistic job, is that you’re teaching yourself. Every show, everything is an opportunity to learn something new… Everything contribute towards it, looking at everything is part of my job.”

“Looking at art is an exercise in being critical that everyone performs, you are just more or less conscious about it. You have opinions all the time, about everything that is happening to you including aesthetic opinions, about pleasure and about your experiences. What all the people in the art world do, is figure out how to do that and survive financially. We get this highly developed, loop-sided specialities and sensitivities–I could talk about an object and what makes an object work for me as a form really well by now. When I talk about that, I am demonstrating a kind of criticality for people to sharpen their own criticality. Art is a place where you practice how to be in the world. You learn about people other than yourself, you learn about other places. Museums are big machines for practicing tolerance, to become conscious of your prejudices and your lack of empathy with things outside of yourself. They are humbling. You learn that you’re not the only one in the world, that people like you are not the only people who have ever existed.”

Roberta Smith, “A conversation with Roberta Smith and Jerry Saltz,” Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien video, 1:17:27, November 20, 2015, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPl1TFfWR2c.

“The things that I think we look for in art is a kind of urgency, like the artist could not help but do it. And what we have in contemporary art right now is a lot of calculation. There is no sense of urgency or necessity.”

Roberta Smith, “The MOE Presents: The Salon of Everything // Venice Biennale 2013 // Who and What is an Outsider?” The Museum of Everything video, 13:38 December 1, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK06Q_2iM48.