JAVIER MONTES (Madrid, 1976) is a writer. His last novel, The Hotel Life, was published in English in 2013 by Hispabooks. In 2007 he won The Anagrama Essay Prize with La Ceremonia del Porno. In 2010 he was selected as one of The Best Young Spanish Language authors by Granta. As an art critic, he collaborates with Spanish newspapers and magazines such as El País, ABC, Exit or Revista de Occidente. He writes for Artnews as a correspondent from Spain. His last curated show, Beckett Films, focused on the cinema and TV works of Samuel Beckett and was shown at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Seville) in 2011.
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The present situation of art criticism and the whole contemporary art ecosystem in Spain can only be well understood in the wider context of the evolution and development of Spanish media-related art criticism during the last 35 years.