Art Writing

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Two weeks ago, when critic Ken Johnson reviewed Michelle Grabner’s current solo exhibition in the New York Times, he fell into a trap. Johnson didn’t like Grabner’s work, which is fine, but rather than breaking it down to understand why he didn’t like it, he resorted to half-baked biographical stereotyping.

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Post image for Critical Problems: The New York Times, Race, and Gender

Is it just me, or has art writing hit a little bit of a rough patch lately? Some verbal missteps by New York Times art critic Ken Johnson have triggered accusations of buried racism and sexism.

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Post image for Are you an ArtLurker? Enter to Win the Miami Art Blogger Prize

CALLING ALL MIAMI ART WRITERS! If you are a Miami resident who is keen on encouraging the discourse of contemporary art, now is your time to bum rush the blogosphere!

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A Fond Farewell

by Kyle Chayka on July 1, 2011

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For the past 9 months, I’ve had an amazing time with you all at Hyperallergic. As staff writer, I’ve posted day in and day out, attempting to provide a guide to what’s actually interesting in the art world. It’s been an incredible experience, to say the least. I’ll be leaving Hyperallergic today.

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Post image for How to Be a Freelance Art Writer

Being a freelance art writer in New York is as outwardly glamorous as it has ever been; that is, not glamorous at all. Sure, I have the freedom to wake up at 10:00 am everyday and traipse around Brooklyn armed with a carton of 27’s, my laptop, and $8 for four cups of coffee and several bananas. A the same time, I also have the freedom to make very little money. Here are some lessons learned while writing about art.

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Post image for Robert Storr: Art Writers Are “Bottom Feeders”

In his final column for Frieze, writer, painter and star curator Robert Storr calls art writers (himself included) “bottom feeders,” and constructs an elaborate metaphor for writers as the “squid” of the art world — swimming in their own ink. This is the “cruel, Darwinian truth,” says Storr, yet the goodbye column is also a note of support for writers and writing.

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How Can Art Writing Exist Online?

by Kyle Chayka on March 2, 2011

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Even after the website’s sale to AOL for $315 million, Huffington Post still declines to pay its volunteer bloggers. In reaction, Post contributors from art sites ArtScene and Visual Art Source have announced a “strike” against writing for the website. The action begs the question, how can art writing remain viable online?

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