Common Ground

A Critic’s Life: Harold Rosenberg

Featuring Debra Bricker Balken and Eleanor Heartney


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Author Debra Bricker Balken joins Rail Editor-at-Large Eleanor Heartney for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Zane Koss.

In this talk

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Debra Bricker Balken

A portrait of Debra Bricker Balken
Independent curator and writer Debra Bricker Balken has organized award-winning exhibitions on subject relating to American modernism and contemporary for major museums internationally. Her work on Philip Guston includes an exhibition of Philip Guston’s Poem-Pictures, a book and related exhibition on Philip Guston’s Poor Richard, and most recently, her biography Harold Rosenberg, A Critic’s Life where Guston is discussed at length. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Clark Art Institute, the Dedalus Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and an Art Writer’s grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts. She is presently working as lead curator on Americans in Paris, Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946-1962 for the Grey Art Gallery at NYU.

Eleanor Heartney

Eleanor Heartney
Portrait by Phong H. Bui
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.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Zane Koss reading.

Zane Koss

A portrait of poet Zane Koss.
Poet, scholar, translator, and resident alien Zane Koss currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is the author of harbour grids (Invisible, 2022) and co-translator of Hugo García Manríquez’s The Commonplace with Gerónimo Sarmiento Cruz and Whitney DeVos. His poetry, translations, and essays can be found in Jacket 2, tripwire, Asymptote, the /temz/ Review, Chicago Review, Guernica, and elsewhere. He has previously published four chapbooks of poetry, including The Odes (incomplete) (above/ground, 2020), shortlisted for the Nelson Ball Award, and a limited-edition artist’s book, site specificity (Simulacrum, 2020). Starting in the fall of 2022, Zane will be a postdoctoral fellow in the English Department at New York University.

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