"Artist-Writer" Panel

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RISD Museum, Chace Center

20 North Main Street

Providence, RI 02903

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To mark the donation of New Yorker writer Calvin Tomkins' art book archive, the Redwood Library and Athenaeum in Newport, RI will partner with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to present a day-long symposium on art criticism “since 1960,” the year Tomkins began writing for the New Yorker. The symposium will address the relationship of Tomkins’ signature mode of writing – the profile– to other types of contemporary art writing. A range of voices, including critics, curators, artists and scholars will ask: what is the place of artistic subjectivity in contemporary art criticism? Participants include leading figures such as Roberta Smith (New York Times Co-Chief Art Critic) and internationally acclaimed curator, Massimiliano Gioni (curator of the 2013 Venice Biennale and artistic director at the New Museum, New York), Randy Kennedy, former New York Times art world reporter, and currently head of special projects at Hauser & Wirth, and John Miller, artist, writer, Barnard College professor and RISD alumnus. To further commemorate the gift of Tomkins’ collection, renowned contemporary artist Ed Ruscha has created a painting titled EX LIBRIS (2017) and a limited series of interpretive lithographs after it, which are on view at the Redwood until October 28, 2018.

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Providence, RI 02903

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