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James Panero

James Panero


James Panero is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion. In addition to his editorial duties for the magazine, which include managing the magazine's print and online operations as well as overseeing donor development, he writes on art and culture monthly for The New Criterion and serves as the magazine's gallery critic. His widely read criticism has won praise from artists and collectors, especially for his coverage of the outer boroughs of New York and their alternative art scenes. ARTINFO has called him a "preeminent voice of American cultural conservatism."


Mr. Panero is a contributor to a number of publications, including The Wall Street JournalCity Journal, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes, Art & Antiques, New York Daily News, The International Herald Tribune, Humanities magazine, National Review, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review, the University Bookman, and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine


Recent article highlights include his articles on the culture of the Internet, The Armory Show at 100, "What's a Museum?" and Occupy Wall Street for The New Criterion, his cover story on the history of the Barnes Foundation for Philanthropy Magazine, his exclusive coverage of the Knoedler forgery scandal and his feature article on the ruined gallery owner Larry Salander for New York magazine, his report on fracking, the future of mental institutions, the history of New York's Upper West Side, and analysis of PCB remediation along the Hudson River for City Journal, his report on cultural investment in the Middle East for Art & Antiques, his editorials on what's missing from the new World Trade Center,  "The Giving Pledge," museum "deaccessioning," artist foundations, and The Robert Motherwell (Dedalus) Foundation for The Wall Street Journal, and his memories of appearing as a child actor on Sesame Street for the New York Times Book Review.


Supreme Fiction-The weblog of James Panero


Mr. Panero collects his writing at An archive of Mr. Panero's articles and other work can be found here. For links to Mr. Panero's New Criterion articles, see below.


Mr. Panero can be found on Twitter @jamespanero ( and Instagram (


The Culture Channel, Mr. Panero's Youtube page, can be found here.


To receive "Panero's Latest," a compendium of Mr. Panero's articles sent by email, sign up here.


A member of the International Association of Art Critics, Mr. Panero lectures widely on art, politics, the art market, and cultural policy, speaking at Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Deerfield Academy, The New York Studio School, The College of the Holy Cross, and before the New York Association of Scholars. He has served as a panelist on the National Endowment for the Arts, a visiting artist and Literary Lion juror at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a panelist at the conference at the College Art Association, a juror for NurtureArt, and has been a radio guest on NPR's All Things Considered, The TakeawayWNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, and several other programs. In 2013 he was a William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.  


As a curator, Mr. Panero has organized Bushwick's Beat Nite, the alternative neighborhood's gallery event, and  "The Joe Bonham Project," the critically praised exhibition at Storefront Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn featuring portraits of injured U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation. 


Mr. Panero takes an active role in arts and educational organizations around New York, including the National Arts Club, where he has served as Co-Chair of the literary committee, Morningside Montessori School, where he is a member of the governing board, and Trinity School, where he is a member of the Alumni/ae Association Board. He also oversees the Friends and Young Friends of The New Criterion.


Before joining The New Criterion in 2001, Mr. Panero was a graduate student in the History of Art and Architecture department at Brown University, where he was awarded the University Scholarship. His area of focus was late-nineteenth-century French modernism under the advisement of Kermit Champa.


Mr. Panero is a former editor of National Review. He worked in Switzerland as a writing assistant to William F. Buckley Jr. on his novel Spytime: The Undoing of James Jesus Angleton (Harcourt, 2000). He wrote about the experience here. 


James Panero received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, where he majored in Classics. At Dartmouth he developed a close mentorship with Professor Jeffrey Hart upon the professor's retirement from the college's English department. (Mr. Panero's profile of Hart, from the January/February 2007 issue of The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, is available here). 


Mr. Panero is a contributor to Counterpoints: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture and the Arts (Ivan R. Dee, 2007), The State of Art Criticism, edited by James Elkins and Michael Newman (Routledge, 2008), and "Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval" (Encounter Books, 2012).


Mr. Panero was born in 1975 and has been a lifelong resident of New York's Upper West Side, where he has served as officer and President of his Co-Op Board.


He is married to the writer and teacher Dara Mandle, with whom he maintains the weblog He may be reached at the offices of The New Criterion or by email at panero [at]



article archive

Hard not to see | June 2015

On the new Whitney Museum, designed by Renzo Piano.

Gallery chronicle | May 2015

On “Keith A. Smith: The Fabric Works: 1964–1980” at Bruce Silverstein; “Karen Schwartz: Down the Rabbit Hole” at Life on Mars Gallery; “Mel Bernstine” at McKenzie Fine Art; “Graham Nickson: Spectrum” at Betty Cuningham Gallery; “Louise P. Sloane: Recent Paintings” at Andre Zarre Gallery & “Arts in Bushwick: Making History” at Storefront Ten Eyck

Gallery chronicle | April 2015

On “between a place and candy: new works in pattern + repetition + motif” at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery; “Tadasky: Control and Invention, 1964–2008” at D. Wigmore Fine Art & “Breaking Pattern” at Minus Space.

Gallery chronicle | February 2015

On “Gary Petersen: Not Now, But Maybe Later” at Theodore:Art, “Philip Taaffe” at Luhring Augustine, “Through the Valley: New Paintings by Devin Powers” at Lesley Heller Workspace, “Fran O’Neill: Painting Her Way Home” at Life on Mars, “Sideshow Nation III: Circle the Wagons” at Sideshow Gallery, and “Paperazzi IV” at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery.

Gallery chronicle | January 2015

On “Claire Seidl and Kim Uchiyama: Plain Sight, Selected Paintings, Prints and Photographs” at Fox Gallery NYC, Eleventh Street Arts at Grand Central Atelier, "Tom Goldenberg: Landscapes” at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, and “Todd Gordon, Tom Goldenberg” at George Billis Gallery.

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The State of Art Criticism (The Art Seminar)

The State of Art Criticism (The Art Seminar)

by James Elkins



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Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval

Future Tense: The Lessons of Culture in an Age of Upheaval

by Roger Kimball



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James Panero on price gouging at the Met, with Fred Dicker

Are public museums like the Met overburdening visitors with "recommended" admission fees? Panero goes on 1300 AM to discuss his latest Daily News article during Fred Dicker's Albany-based radio program.

Posted on: 03/25/2013


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