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James Panero

James Panero

Executive Editor

James Panero is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion. He writes on art and culture monthly for The New Criterion and serves as the magazine's gallery critic. 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 Journal, City Journal, New York magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Forbes, Art & Antiques, New York Daily News, The International Herald Tribune, Humanitiesmagazine, National Review, The Weekly Standard, the Claremont Review, the University Bookman, and the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine.

Recent articles include 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.

Mr. Panero collects his writing at www.supremefiction.com. 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 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 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 Takeaway, WNYC'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," an exhibition at Storefront Gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn featuring portraits of injured U.S. service personnel undergoing rehabilitation.

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.

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


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Feb 04, 2016

Meet the Met

Recently I visited every gallery in the main building of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—in a single day. In today's Wall Street Journal, I describe what it was like to see over four hundred galleries, and just what I discovered on this Grand Tour.


Jan 26, 2016

Go Down Moses(es)

”Moses(es) Moses(es),“ Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, Timed to its annual conference, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters recently came to town and with it a "convergence of a dozen major performing arts industry forums and public festivals," which it called "January In NYC. " These showcase performances ran the gamut from opera to chamber music to jazz.


Jan 07, 2016

The family Barber

Last season at the Metropolitan it was “Il Barbiere di Siviglia. ” This season, it was “Barber of Seville.


Oct 22, 2015

The architecture of place

What's so bad about fitting in. Why does contemporary architecture often stand in opposition to its own built environment.


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