Artcritical contributors join editor and publisher David Cohen on the event of the 17th anniversary of The Review Panel, with an introduction from Phong H. Bui. We conclude with a poetry reading by Glynnis Eldridge.
In this talk
To celebrate the 17th anniversary of The Review Panel presented by artcritical, we’re thrilled to welcome David Cohen and the critics below for conversation on four current exhibitions in New York.
Sharmistha Ray, Barry Schwabsky, and Marjorie Welish discuss Dorothea Rockburne: Giotto’s Angels & Knots at David Nolan Gallery (on view through December 23).
David Brody, Lilly Wei, and Alexi Worth discuss Intersections: Ron Baron and Sarah Walker at John Molloy Gallery (on view through December 18).
Karen E. Jones, Christopher Stackhouse, and Robert Storr discuss Glenn Ligon: It’s Always a Little Bit Not Yet at Hauser & Wirth (on view through December 23) and Whitfield Lovell: Le Rouge et Le Noir at DC Moore Gallery (on view through December 18).
Writer David Cohen is editor and publisher of artcritical as well as a regular contributor. He is founder-moderator of The Review Panel, the critics’ forum originally hosted by the National Academy Museum and latterly by Brooklyn Public Library, and podcast at artcritical. He was Gallery Director at the New York Studio School from 2001-10 and art critic and contributing editor at the New York Sun from 2003-08. Born in London and educated at the University of Sussex and at the Courtauld Institute of Art, David wrote for leading newspapers and magazines in England and around the world before emigrating to the United States in 1999. His books include Serban Savu (Hatje Cantz verlag, 2011) and Alex Katz Collages: A catalogue raisonné (Colby College Museum of Art, 2005).
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.
Artist, writer, and educator Sharmistha Ray is based in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include ABSTRACT FUTURES TAROT (2021) with their feminist artist collective, Hilma’s Ghost, at The Armory Show, New York; and the two part exhibition, we are all islands (2016-2017) at Nine Fish gallery in Mumbai and Mill Hall in Kochi, India. The recipient of awards including a Joan Mitchell MFA Grant (2004) and Montblanc Young Artist Worldwide Patronage Award (2012), Sharmistha’s art criticism has been published in various online and print magazines including ArtAsiaPacific, Hyperallergic, and artcritical. A graduate of Williams College and Pratt Institute, currently they teach in the MFA programs at Parsons School of Design and School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University.
Art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky writes for The Nation and is co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent books include The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2017), Landscape Painting Now (D.A.P, 2019), The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting (Sternberg Press, 2020), and the monograph Gillian Carnegie (Lund Humphries, 2020). His most recent collection of poetry is A Feeling of And (Black Square Editions, 2021). He is co-Director of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art and an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.
Artist/critic Marjorie Welish received her first solo show thanks to Laurie Anderson, then curator of the Whitney Museum Art Resources Center. Welish has received many grants and fellowships, including: Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2006, she received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship to teach at the University of Frankfurt, where she also worked on a limited-edition constructed art book, Oaths? Questions? in collaboration with James Siena (Granary Books, 2009). Welish’s collection of art criticism is Signifying Art: Essays on Art after 1960 (Cambridge University Press). A member of the board of the International Studio and Curatorial Program, she writes for Art Monthly.
Painter, filmmaker and writer David Brody was born in Brooklyn and educated at Harvard, Skowhegan, and CalArts. Recent painting exhibitions include Store-For-Rent Gallery, Indiana University, Studio 10, Pierogi, and Sometimes Works of Art. His 2014 installation 8 Ecstasies at Pierogi/The Boiler included an 11-minute digital animation (in collaboration with composer Zig Gron). His films have been screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, MoMA, The Reina Sofia Museum, and the Centre Pompidou, and he has made installations at The Drawing Center, The Brooklyn Museum, and Hallwalls in Buffalo. In addition to Artcritical, he has written for Bomb Magazine, Art Ltd, and Cabinet.
New York-based independent curator, writer, journalist and critic Lilly Wei writes on global contemporary art and emerging art and artists, reporting frequently on international exhibitions and biennials. She has written for dozens of publications here and abroad and is a longtime contributor to Art in America and a contributing editor at ARTnews. She is the author of numerous artists’ catalogues and monographs and has curated exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Wei sits on the board of several non-profit art institutions and organizations including AICA/USA (the International Association of Art Critics), Bowery Arts & Sciences, and Art Omi International. She is a fellow and Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the CUE Foundation.
Artist Alexi Belsey Worth has had solo exhibitions with the Elizabeth Harris, Bill Maynes, and DC Moore galleries, among others. He has received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. Worth has written for The New Yorker, Artforum, T magazine, Art in America, and other magazines, and has written catalog texts for artists such as Martha Armstrong, Carroll Dunham, and David Humphrey. Worth has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Yale School of Art, among others. Born and raised in New York City, he attended Yale University (BA 1986) and Boston University (MFA 1993). Worth lives in Brooklyn with his wife, the architect Erika Belsey, and their two boys.
Curator and critic specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art Karen E. Jones earned her B.A. cum laude in Art/Semiotics and French at Brown University. She completed both the Whitney Independent Study Project and the DeAppel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam and studied in the Art History Ph.D Program at Columbia University. Jones has curated numerous exhibitions such as The Power of City/City of Power, Whitney Museum, Against the Wall: Painting Against the Grid Surface and Frame, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, among others. Jones served on the Board of the International Studio and Curatorial Program and is the Culture Chair at the Brown University Club in New York.
Writer, artist, curator and teacher Christopher Stackhouse is author of a volume of poems, Plural (Counterpath press). He is co-author of image/text collaboration, Seismosis (1913 press), with writer/translator John Keene. He has been published in several literary journals and arts periodicals including The Volta, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, Der Pfeil (Hamburg, DE), Art in America, and the Brooklyn Rail, among other publications. He is an advisory board member at FENCE Magazine and a contributing editor at BOMB Magazine. Stackhouse is currently working on a book about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s use of text in his paintings and drawings.
Preeminent art critic, curator, artist, and educator Robert Storr is the former Dean of Yale School of Art and senior curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has written numerous catalogues, articles, and books on major 20th and 21st-century artists. He was the first American to serve as visual arts director of the Venice Biennale and has been researching and writing on Philip Guston for more than three decades.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have
Writer, artist, and educator Glynnis Eldridge’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blush Lit,Blazing Stadium, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, poets.org, and others. She is a Pushcart Prize Nominee, a member of the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and a recipient of an Academy of American Poets Colleges & Universities Prize. Her poem ‘to allow it to happen / to tolerate (an excerpt)’ was selected by Jenny Zhang for the Quarto Nonfiction Prize in 2018. An educator in the Bronx, Eldridge teaches writing to high schoolers and leads the Highland Avenue Writers Workshop.