Equal parts oral history and analysis of craft, Jarrett Earnest’s new book, What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with art critics (David Zwirner Books, 2018) offers an unprecedented overview of American art writing. His wide-ranging conversations with critics, historians, journalists, novelists, poets and theorists illustrate different ways of writing, thinking and looking at art. He’ll discuss this project, aspects of interviews in general, and some possible futures of art criticism.
Jarrett Earnest is a writer and artist living in New York City. From 2014 to 2017 he was faculty at the free experimental art school Bruce High Quality Foundation University (BHQFU). He coedited the volumes Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail (2017) and For Bill, Anything: Images and Text for Bill Berkson (2015). His writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Village Voice, and Art in America, among many others.
Image: What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews With Art Critics, by Jarrett Earnest, David Zwirner Books, 2018.