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Art critic Christopher Knight (photo credit: Los Angeles Times)

In his current position as art critic at the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight has been speaking truth to power for almost four decades. He charted the contemporary art waters in a city that has since become one of the world’s art hubs before most people ever noticed. He doesn’t shy away from controversy, as his recent columns about the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s renovations suggest. This year he was awarded two special honors: the Rabkin Lifetime Achievement Award for Art Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.

In this episode, he shares stories about his years in LA, his work as a newspaper art critic, and even a very curious letter he received from actor Charleton Heston about artist Andrew Wyeth.

The music featured in this episode is the track “Zuma” by Austin David.

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One reply on “Christopher Knight: The Critic Whose Love for LA Uplifted Its Arts Community”

  1. Such a great interview. Knight’s commetns re Museum boards now being filled with business people interested in the bottom line is sadly true. Really enjoyed so many of the anecdotes. Thanks for helping to keep me sane and plugged in artwise during these crazy times.

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