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James Panero

James Panero


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.


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 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 He may be reached at the offices of The New Criterion or by email at panero [at]


article archive

Gallery chronicle | November 2015

On “Painting Is Not Doomed To Repeat Itself” at Hollis Taggart Galleries; “Checkered History: The Grid in Art & Life” at Outpost Artists Resources; “Tempos: Selected Works by Elizabeth Gourlay, 2013–2015” at Fox Gallery NYC; “Diphthong” at the Shirley Fiterman Art Center; “Todd Bienvenu: Exile on Bogart Street” at Life on Mars; “Occo Socko!” at Stout Projects.

Gallery chronicle | October 2015

On “Seeing Sound: New Works by Jane Harris, Alex Paik, Gelah Penn” at Odetta Gallery; “Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair” at MOMA PS1; "The Still Life Show” at Eleventh Street Arts; Jack Tworkov: Mark and Grid, 1931–1982” at Alexander Gray Associates; “Stephen Maine: New Paintings” at Hionas Gallery & “Gabriele Evertz: The Gray Question” at Minus Space.

Gallery chronicle | September 2015

On “Stanley Whitney: Dance the Orange” at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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

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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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The State of Art Criticism (The Art Seminar)

The State of Art Criticism (The Art Seminar)

by James Elkins



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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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