Influential NY art critic Hilton Kramer dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Times chief art critic Hilton Kramer has died at age 84.

Kramer's wife Esta says he had been suffering from a blood disease and died early Tuesday. He had been in an assisted living facility in Harpswell, Maine.

Kramer started his work as an art critic in the early 1950s and joined the Times in 1965 as art-news editor. He became the chief art critic in 1973.

He left the newspaper in 1982 and became founding editor of The New Criterion magazine, a monthly journal that critiques the arts and other topics.

In his work, Kramer took issue with the art world over topics like the types of exhibits museums were showcasing to draw their audiences.