Michael Kimmelman in Prague
|Born||Greenwich Village, New York City|
|Alma mater||Yale University,
Michael Kimmelman is an American 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. In March, 2014, he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize for his "insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York's architectural environment" that is "journalism at its finest."
Life and career
Kimmelman was born and raised in Greenwich Village, the son of a physician and a sculptor, both civil rights activists. He attended PS 41 and Friends Seminary in Manhattan, graduated summa cum laude from Yale College with a degree in history and received his graduate degree in art history from Harvard University, where he was an Arthur Kingsley Porter Fellow.
He was the New York Times' 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, on Penn Station, the New York Public Library, the World Trade Center, the new Whitney Museum, transit and infrastructure, saving the David & Gladys Wright House by Frank Lloyd Wright, redevelopment after Hurricane Sandy, as well as on Syrian refugee camps as do-it-yourself cities, cultural identity in Baghdad and public space and protest in Turkey, Rio and post-revolutionary Cairo, among other issues at home and overseas, have helped to reshape policy and the public debate about urbanism, architecture and architectural criticism.  The magazine New York titled an article about him "The People's Critic".
A pianist (a student of Seymour Bernstein) who still performs as a soloist and with chamber groups on concert series in New York and around Europe, he is 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, a national bestseller, for two years he was associated with the Times's Cities For Tomorrow conference, organizing the ones in 2014 and 2015. And he has hosted various television features, appearing in the 2007 documentary film My Kid Could Paint That.
From late 2007 to mid-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.
For his role in saving the David and Gladys Wright house, Kimmelman received the Spirit Award from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in 2014. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 and 2014 Franke Visiting Fellow at The Whitney Humanities Center at Yale, he has received honorary doctorates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2013 and the Pratt Institute in May, 2014. 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)
- The Olympic City photographs by Jon Pack and Gary Hustwit, foreword by Michael Kimmelman (2013)
- Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture, essay by Michael Kimmelman (Aspen Art Press and D.A.P., 2014)
- "Ask a Reporter: Michael Kimmelman – Chief Art Critic", The New York Times, July 2005
- "Portraits: Talking with Artists at the Met, the Modern, the Louvre and Elsewhere" (Random House, 1998)
- "Sign of the Times: Michael Kimmelman on Madison Square Garden" by Gus Delaporte, The New York Observer, 16 July 2013
- Rice, Andrew (2013-06-07). "New York Times Critic Michael Kimmelman's War on Madison Square Garden". New York. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Concert of Johannes Brahms chamber music - Cracow Travel - see Krakow beautiful city in Poland, tourist guide". Cracow Travel. 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Michael Kimmelman Named New York Times Critic of Architecture - UnBeige". Mediabistro.com. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Cityscapes: New York Times names Michael Kimmelman to be new architecture critic". Featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Kimmelman, Michael (2002-01-27). "Gerhard Richter - An Artist Beyond Isms". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "Art's Last, Lonely Cowboy" by Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, 6 February 2005
- Margaret Manning. "The Pulitzer Prizes | Criticism". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- "What is Art? Michael Kimmelman and Today's Art Criticism | Unveiled". Unveiled.corcoran.org. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
- Articles in The New York Review of Books
- Interview with Kimmelman on architecture
- on YouTube, on YouTube
- on YouTube, plays Debussy's L'isle joyeuse
- on YouTube, plays Chopin's Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1