The Boston Globe welcomes a new art critic next month. Murray Whyte, the longtime art critic at the Toronto Star, joins the Globe staff mid-November.
Whyte, who grew up partly in Calgary, said he’s been drawn to the visual arts since he started his journalism career. He’s covered the subject for the Star for a decade, and in 2016 he won Canada’s National Newspaper Award, the country’s highest journalistic prize, for arts and entertainment writing.
Whyte said he’s just getting to know the museums around Boston but said of the city, “I do know that it’s absolutely a trove of historical treasures.” He added that “there’s an incredible patron and collector scene there,” mentioning the impressive donation of Dutch and Flemish art given to the Museum of Fine Arts by Boston-area collectors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie last year. “For me there’s a lot to engage with,” Whyte said, “and a lot to learn.”
Janice Page, the Globe’s Deputy Managing Editor, Arts and Newsroom Innovation, said, “The Globe has a long tradition of hiring talented art critics. Murray continues that tradition. He brings deep knowledge of the visual arts, a fresh perspective, and the kind of smart, passionate, accessible writing that this city expects. We can’t wait to have him in our newsroom.”
Perhaps it’s not surprising that this Canadian art critic also loves hockey. He told the Globe he’s been on skates since he was 2.
“My dad was a huge Bobby Orr fan,” he said. “The Bruins have always been part of my constellation of hockey fandom.”