Artist, writer, and independent curator Phong H. Bui is Publisher and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn Rail, the River Rail, Rail Editions, and Rail Curatorial Projects. Among many other awards, Bui received The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Prize for Arts Writers in 2017, was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from University of the Arts in 2020, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts in 2021.
Curator, critic, academic, and administrator Dr. Klaus Ottmann has a career in the visual arts spanning more than 30 years. At The Phillips Collection, he oversees the curatorial department and leads the museum’s University of Maryland Center for Art and Knowledge. He has curated more than 60 exhibitions internationally and was curator of the 2006 SITE Santa Fe Biennial. In 2013, Ottmann curated JENNIFER BARTLETT: HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE—Works 1970–2011 for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia and the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY. In 2020 he authored the catalogue for an exhibition at The Phillips Collection, JENNIFER BARTLETT & PIERRE BONNARD: In and Out of the Garden (which was scheduled to open last summer, but has been postponed).
Art critic and poet Raphael Rubinstein is the author of numerous books including The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (2007) and The Miraculous (2014). He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (2006) and is widely known for his articles on “provisional painting.” He is a Contributing Editor to Art in America, where he was also a Senior Editor. His blog The Silo has been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and the Best Blog Award of Excellence by the International Association of Art Critics. A Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston School of Art, he divides his time between Houston and New York. He is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.
New York-based art critic Eleanor Heartney is the author of numerous books on contemporary art. Heartney is a Contributing Editor for Art in America and has written extensively for publications including Artnews, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post, and the New York Times. She is author of several noteworthy books about art, such as Art & Today (2008), Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2004), co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art (2007) (winner of the Susan Koppelman Award), and most recently, Doomsday Dreams: The Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art (2019). She is an Editor-at-Large for the Rail.
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Artist, writer, and translator Malvika Jolly (she/her) lives on occupied Munsee, Lenape, and Wappinger land in New York City. Her essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago magazine, The Margins, and the South Side Weekly, where she is a regular contributor focusing on visual culture and community history. She is the Special Projects Associate at the Brooklyn Rail.