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Why was Jerry Saltz Banned from Facebook?

March 5, 2015
Bojan Marić was born in 1986. He had studied at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Political Sciences (Department for International Studies and Department for Cultural Studies). He is a teaching assistant on the courses Cultural Studies and Culture and Social Structure. He takes part in activities within the Center for Cultural Studies in Belgrade, such as project management, organization of cultural events and academic conferences. Currently, he is working on his Master thesis within the field of Philosophy of Culture. His favourite urban artists are Vhils, Saber, My Dog Sighs and MadC. Contact Bojan Maric via bojan.maric@widewalls.ch

Freedom of expression reached new extraordinary levels the moment we had been faced with social medial expansion. This is the thing, however: with each new space for expression, there is that shadow that unmistakably follows – censorship. With social media, it has transformed into something completely different. Now, entire online communities can be judge and jury. And, with this kind of decision making, we are left with tyranny of the masses. So, what of it, you may ask… Well, the virtual space is a reality constantly-in-the-making, and that’s fine. But, when art comes into play – lines become blurred. The epilogue needs to be clear: one shouldn’t, and definitely couldn’t, apply censorship when it comes to art, just like one would with any other online content… Jerry Saltz felt all of this on the skin of his online persona…

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Jerry Saltz (image courtesy artobserver.com)

Who is Jerry Saltz?

Jerry Saltz is an American art critic. He has been working as a columnist and an art critic for New York Magazine for almost a decade. Perhaps the most important aspect of his career, at least for the purposes of our story, concerns the critic’s presence on social media which involves a constant interaction with followers an admirers. All of this, according to Saltz’s words, is needed in order to familiarize the general public, as well as artists themselves, with the role of an art critic and, in the end, demystify it.

On numerous occasions, Jerry Saltz shared ideas on Street Art, most recently he commented on Street Art Throwdown, talking about the effects such programs have on art and concluding the utter irrelevance of such shows, when it comes to art. Also, be sure to check out his impromptu lecture on Banksy’s artwork during the artist’s residency in New York.

Jerry Saltz Sends a Message

Let us return to the matter at hand. Less than 24 hours ago, Jerry Saltz uploaded this message on Instagram: “To all the Purity Police who complained to Facebook that my Midieval + ancient Pics were “sexist,” abusive,” and “Misogynist:” Congratulations!! You got me Axed from Facebook. You pay in blood, but not your own. XxO”

There is only one thing to do – check out some of the images we have selected from Jerry Saltz’s Instagram page and decide for yourself! Also, if you would like to read Jerry Saltz’s articles, you can find them here.

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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz
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Image retrieved from Instagram – @jerrysaltz

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