Art Writing in Crisis
My essay, The Critic as Gesture or John Malkovich’s middle name is Gavin, has been reprinted in the new book Art Writing in Crisis, edited by Brad Haylock and Megan Patty.
Fires burn around the world. Systemic discrimination persists, precarity is increasing, and the modern democratic project faces challenges from all sides. Art writing helps us to understand art which in turn helps us to understand such crises. But art writing itself is in crisis. Newspapers and magazines offer fewer channels than ever for independent art criticism, persistent institutional biases exclude the positions of many, and a proliferation of platforms presents opportunities and challenges in equal measure.
This volume presents contributions from a broad range of authors who address the social and political dimensions of art and art writing in the contemporary context, and the ways in which new writing and publishing practices promote critical engagement among readerships as never before.
Contributors include: TAYLOR RENEE ALDRIDGE & JESSICA LYNNE, KALIA BROOKS NELSON, MADDEE CLARK, JUSTIN CLEMENS, BEN ELTHAM, FAYEN D’EVIE & LIZZIE BOON, DAN FOX, SARAH GORY, BORIS GROYS, PAUL JAMES & BRAD HAYLOCK, FLAVIN JUDD, SARA KAAMAN, JESSICA GYSEL & KATJA MATER, BELLA LI & JUSTIN CLEMENS, FREEK LOMME, RACHEL MARSDEN, NIKOS PAPASTERGIADIS & HOU HANRU, MEGAN PATTY, BARRY SCHWABSKY, ANNA-SOPHIE SPRINGER & CALEB WALDORF, and ASTRID VORSTERMANS
Published August 2021, Sternberg Press, Berlin