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Hilton Kramer dies at 84; polarizing but widely read art critic
Hilton Kramer dies at 84; polarizing but widely read art critic

Hilton Kramer, one of the art world's most polarizing and widely read critics for 50 years and founding editor of the conservative arts journal The New Criterion, died Tuesday in Harpswell, Maine. He was 84. Kramer had a rare blood disorder and died of heart failure, said New Criterion's current editor Roger Kimball. A staunch champion of modernism and fearless detractor of most of the art that followed, Kramer was chief art critic for the New York Times for nearly a decade before giving up the coveted post to start New Criterion in 1982. He wrote for that magazine and, during the 1990s, also produced a column for the New York Post, where he regularly bashed his former...

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