ART CRITICISM, THEORY AND HISTORY

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David Zwirner Books

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Paperback, 6 x 9 in. / 544 pgs.

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In this remarkable, bricklike collection of interviews with today's leading art critics—spanning Hilton Als to John Yau—Jarrett Earnest delivers something we've been needing for a long time now without even knowing it. Earnest goes deep with John Ashbery, Holland Cotter, Douglas Crimp, Darby English, Hal Foster, Dave Hickey, Chris Kraus, Rosalind Krauss, Lucy Lippard, Fred Moten, Eileen Myles, Molly Nesbit, Jerry Saltz, Peter Schjeldahl, Barry Schwabsky, Roberta Smith and Lynne Tillman, among others, bringing "just the right amounts of chutzpah, curiosity and catholic taste to his conversations, igniting his interviewees' passions." —The Wall Street Journal Holiday Gift Guide. "A must-read for anyone who cares about art writing in the US." — Daniel Larkin, Hyperallergic

THE BOOK INCLUDES INTERVIEWS WITH
■ Hilton Als
■ John Ashbery
■ Bill Berkson
■ Yve-Alain Bois
■ Huey Copeland
■ Holland Cotter
■ Douglas Crimp
■ Darby English
■ Hal Foster
■ Michael Fried
■ Thyrza Nichols Goodeve
■ Dave Hickey
■ Siri Hustvedt
■ Kellie Jones
■ Chris Kraus
■ Rosalind Krauss
■ Lucy Lippard
■ Fred Moten
■ Eileen Myles
■ Molly Nesbit
■ Jed Perl
■ Barbara Rose
■ Jerry Saltz
■ Peter Schjeldahl
■ Barry Schwabsky
■ Paul Chaat Smith
■ Roberta Smith
■ Lynne Tillman
■ Michele Wallace
■ John Yau

  

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What it Means to Write About Art

Interviews with art critics

By Jarrett Earnest.

The most comprehensive portrait of art criticism ever assembled, as told by the leading writers of our time

In the last 50 years, art criticism has flourished as never before. Moving from niche to mainstream, it is now widely taught at universities, practiced in newspapers, magazines and online, and has become the subject of debate by readers, writers and artists worldwide. Equal parts oral history and analysis of craft, What it Means to Write About Art offers an unprecedented overview of American art writing. Jarrett Earnest's wide-ranging conversations with critics, historians, journalists, novelists, poets and theorists—each of whom approaches the subject from a unique position—illustrate different ways of writing, thinking and looking at art.

These in-depth conversations about writing and art are situated within individual life experiences: for instance John Ashbery recalls finding Rimbaud's poetry through his first crush at 16; Rosalind Krauss remembers stealing the design of October from Massimo Vignelli; Paul Chaat Smith details his early days with Jimmie Durham in the American Indian Movement; Dave Hickey talks about writing country songs with Waylon Jennings; Michele Wallace relives her late-night and early-morning interviews with James Baldwin; Lucy Lippard describes confronting Clement Greenberg at a lecture; Eileen Myles asserts her belief that her negative review incited the Women's Action Coalition; and Fred Moten recounts falling in love with Renoir while at Harvard. Other interviewees include Hilton Als, Bill Berkson, Yve-Alain Bois, Huey Copeland, Holland Cotter, Douglas Crimp, Darby English, Hal Foster, Michael Fried, Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, Siri Hustvedt, Kellie Jones, Chris Kraus, Molly Nesbit, Jed Perl, Barbara Rose, Jerry Saltz, Peter Schjeldahl, Barry Schwabsky, Roberta Smith, Lynne Tillman and John Yau.

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), running their MFU programs in New York and Miami. 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, the Village Voice, Los Angeles Review of Books, Art in America and San Francisco Arts Quarterly, among others.


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Daniel Larkin

A must-read for anyone who cares about art writing in the US.

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[The book] puts readers in the minds of art writers.

Wall Street Journal

Mr. Earnest brings just the right amounts of chutzpah, curiosity and catholic taste to his conversations, igniting his interviewees' passions.

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Jarrett Earnest, Peter Schjeldahl & Paul Chaat Smith on 'What It Means to Write About Art' at The Strand

Jarrett Earnest, Peter Schjeldahl & Paul Chaat Smith on 'What It Means to Write About Art' at The Strand

Thursday, November 1 from 7:30 –8:30PM, What it Means to Write About Art author Jarrett Earnest discusses his work with noted critics Peter Schjeldahl and Paul Chaat Smith at The Strand.
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