It was announced this week that Roberta Smith, esteemed co-chief art critic of The New York Times, has been awarded the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation’s inaugural lifetime achievement award. The Rabkin Foundation, which offers awards and grants to visual arts journalists, included a $50,000 purse with the award. Smith cannot accept the winnings per the Times editorial guidelines, so she has chosen to donate the entire purse to the Art for Justice Fund.
“Roberta Smith has been responsible for building an audience for the art of the self-taught, for ceramic art, video art, digital art, systems of re-presentation and much more,” the Rabkin Foundation said in a statement. “Across many traditional boundaries, she has offered a frank, lovingly detailed assessment of new art and artists to her expansive readership. Hers is a voice listened to by millions of readers.”
Prior to joining the Times staff in 1991, Smith was published in Artforum, Art in America and the Village Voice.