Michael Kimmelman in Berlin
|Born||Greenwich Village, New York City|
|Alma mater||Yale University,
Michael Kimmelman is an author, critic, columnist and pianist. He is the architecture critic for The New York Times and has written on issues of public housing, public space, infrastructure, community development and social responsibility. He was the paper's longtime chief art critic – "the most acute American art critic of his generation," in the words of the Australian writer Robert Hughes. In 2007, Kimmelman created the Abroad column, as a foreign correspondent covering culture, political and social affairs across Europe and elsewhere. He returned to New York from Europe in autumn 2011 as the paper's senior critic and architecture critic, and his articles since then have helped to reshape the public debate about urbanism, architecture and architectural criticism. New York (magazine) titled an article about him "The People's Critic."
A fellow at the London School of Economics, he was born and raised in Greenwich Village, the son of a physician and civil rights activists. He attended P.S. 41, Friends Seminary in Manhattan, graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and received his graduate degree in art history from Harvard University, where he was an Arthur Kingsley Porter Fellow. A pianist who still regularly performs as a soloist and with chamber groups on concert series in New York and around Europe, he started as a music critic at the paper, then moved into art. A former editor at the magazine I.D. and architecture critic for New England Monthly, he has written at length about, among others, the artists Richard Serra, Gerhard Richter, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Michael Heizer, Lucian Freud, Raymond Pettibon and Matthew Barney along with the architects Shigeru Ban, Peter Zumthor and Oscar Niemeyer. Author of Portraits and The Accidental Masterpiece, he has hosted various television features, appearing in the 2007 documentary film My Kid Could Paint That.
From fall 2007 into summer 2011 he was based in Berlin covering, among other subjects, the crackdown on cultural freedom in Vladimir Putin's Russia, life in Gaza under Hamas, the rise of the far-right in Hungary, Négritude in France, bullfighting in contemporary Spain, Czech humor in the context of political protest, and Holocaust education for a new generation of Germans.
A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000, a 2012 Poynter Fellow at Yale and Franke Visiting Fellow at Yale for 2014, he received an honorary doctorate from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2013. He also contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books.
- The Accidental Masterpiece: On the Art of Life and Vice Versa (Penguin Press, 2005)
- Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre, and Elsewhere (Random House, 1998)
- Oscar Niemeyer (Assouline, 2009)
- More Things Like This (McSweeney's/Chronicle Books, 2009)
- Playing Piano for Pleasure by Charles Cooke, foreword by Michael Kimmelman (Skyhorse, 2011)
- Beyond Zuccotti Park: Freedom of Assembly and the Occupation of Public Space, foreword by Michael Kimmelman (New Village Press, 2012)
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- "Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere" (Random House, 1998)