Hilton Kramer, the former chief art critic at The New York Times and founding editor of The New Criterion magazine, has died. He was 84.

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

Kramer left the paper in 1982 for The New Criterion, a monthly journal that critiques the arts.