• What it Means to Write About Art

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

In the last fifty 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. These thirty in-depth conversations chart the role of the critic as it has evolved from the 1960s to today, providing an invaluable resource for aspiring artists and writers alike.

Jarrett Earnest’s wide-ranging conversations with critics, historians, journalists, novelists, poets, and theorists—each of whom approach the subject from unique positions—illustrate different ways of writing, thinking, and looking at art.

Wednesday, October 24 | 7 – 8 PM
David Zwirner | 519 West 19th Street, New York
Free and open to the public | Email rsvp@davidzwirner.com to confirm seats

Jarrett Earnest in conversation with Rosalind Krauss and Molly Nesbit

Earnest will bring to life the questions he asks in a conversation with Rosalind Krauss and Molly Nesbit.

Rosalind Krauss is a critic and historian who reoriented the discipline of art history by incorporating structuralist, poststructuralist, and psychoanalytic theory into an analysis of modern and contemporary art. Krauss is a professor of art at Columbia University.

Molly Nesbit is a historian known for charting the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century French avant-garde in two books: Atget’s Seven Albums (1992) and Their Common Sense (2000). Nesbit is a professor of art at Vassar College.

Friday, October 26 | 4:30 – 6PM
The San Francisco Art Institute, Osher Lecture Hall | 500 Chestnut Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public | No RSVP required

Jarrett Earnest: What it Means to Write About Art: Notes on the Future of Criticism

Earnest will discuss this project, aspects of interviews in general, and some possible futures of art criticism.

Monday, October 29 | 6:30 – 8PM
CCA—The Boardroom, Main Building | 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public | No RSVP required

Landscapes of Criticism: Bay Area

Jarrett Earnest extends questions from his new book to a group of critics, poets, theorists, and writers who make up the Bay Area’s vital art writing scene. The panel will include Brandon Brown, Elena Gross, Vivian Swing, Anton Stueber, and Ryanaustin Dennis, who will discuss the intellectual and artistic lineages that have informed their work, within the specific histories and realities of the Bay.

Thursday, November 1 | 7:30PM
The Strand | 828 Broadway, New York
Ticketed: $5 Admission + Gift Card | $32.50 Admission + Signed Copy

Jarrett Earnest in conversation with Peter Schjeldahl and Paul Chaat Smith

Earnest will bring to life the questions he asks in a conversation with Peter Schjeldahl and Paul Chaat Smith.

Peter Schjeldahl has been a prominent voice in the New York art world since the 1970s, producing some of the most vivid and insightful accounts of paintings ever written. Schjeldahl has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and is currently the magazine’s art critic.

Paul Chaat Smith is a major voice in contemporary Native art and culture—creative, funny, and searingly humane. Smith joined the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he currently serves as Associate Curator.

Thursday, February 7 | TBC
Whitechapel Gallery | 77–82 Whitechapel High St, London
Free and open to the public

Jarrett Earnest in conversation with Briony Fer, Jennifer Higgie, Adrian Searle

To celebrate its launch in the UK, Earnest will turn towards the status of art criticism in the UK. Joined in conversation with UK-based writers and critics, Briony Fer, Jennifer Higgie, and Adrian Searle, Earnest will continue to assemble one of the most comprehensive portraits of art criticism, as told by the leading writers of our time.