Magicians & Charlatans

Essays on Art and Culture

Jed Perl


The Eakins Press Foundation is proud to announce the publication of Magicians & Charlatans, by the art critic Jed Perl. In this collection of 26 essays, Mr. Perl writes with great urgency about the art scene of the past decade. The poet John Ashbery has said that “For years Jed Perl has been covering the art world with tremendous empathy and unsparing accuracy. His ability to recognize the traditional forms of art behind their continual transmutation has made his an almost solitary, essential voice.” The essays range from highly controversial critiques of the painter Gerhard Richter, the art dealer Leo Castelli, and the Museum of Modern Art, to appreciations of the art of Bernini and Chardin, and the writings of Edmund Wilson and Meyer Schapiro. Magicians & Charlatans includes 29 finely printed illustrations.

ISBN 978-0-87130-069-0


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Design & typography by Howard I. Gralla; Printed at The Studley Press; Bound by Roswell Bookbinding.

10 x 7 inches, 360 pages, 24 full color illustrations, 5 duotones

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Review "Jed Perl's Magicians & Charlatans: In An Ailing Art World, the Best Discoveries Can Stir the Soul" by Edward M. Gómez Hyperallergic
January 11, 2014
Review "A 'Treacherous' Art Scene?" by Julian Bell The New York Review of Books
November 21, 2013
Review "Cover to Cover" The Atlantic, Washington, D.C.
January/February 2013
Review "Portrait of Art's Critic" by Gary Shapiro The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
December 14, 2012
Review "Twelve Months of Reading" [Martin Peretz section] The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
December 14, 2012
Review "Jed Perl: Magicians and Charlatans" by John Seed Huffington Post – Arts & Culture
December 14, 2012
Review "Thinking back on more than twenty years of art criticism by Jed Perl on the occasion of the publication of his most recent collection of essays by the Eakins Press Foundation" Martin Mugar's Painting Blog
December 12, 2012
Review "Perl Before the Sublime" by E.A. Carmean Jr. The Wall Street Journal, New York, NY
November 30, 2012
Review "New Books" by Joshua Cohen Harper's Magazine, New York, NY
October 2012
Resource Jed Perl, Art Critic The New Republic
Resource Jed Perl, Visiting Professor The New School - Eugene Lang College For Liberal Arts, New York, NY
Resource Jed Perl: 'Art World's Drunk on Money and Publicity' A conversation between Ron Litke and Jed Perl
Rivet Radio
March 6, 2015
Lecture "2013 Distinguished Lecturer: Jed Perl"

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art 
Rockport, Maine 
August 25, 2013

Lecture “Magicians & Charlatans and the Eakins Press Foundation” A Conversation about art, archives, and collaboration between author, Jed Perl and publisher, Peter Kayafas
Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas
Austin, Texas
February 7, 2013
Lecture "Magicians & Charlatans and the Eakins Press Foundation – An Evening with Jed Perl" ARCANA: Books on the Arts
Culver City, CA
October 21, 2012