Art Critics Forum
Thursday, September 14 | 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The second annual EXPO CHICAGO Art Critics Forum highlighted significant issues in arts journalism today, hosting leading national and international critics to discuss topics related to writing, authorship and publishing amongst their colleagues and peers. The 2017 Forum, “Criticism in the Post-Truth Era,” addressed the impact of the current political climate on the state of art journalism. Led by artnet News Critic Christian Viveros-Fauné, the Forum featured a series of short presentations by Afterall Editor Ana Bilbao, ARTnews Editor-in-Chief Sarah Douglas, freelance critic Kevin McGarry and artnet news critic Kenny Schachter, followed by a roundtable discussion.
The Art Critics Forum, open to all accredited press and EXPO CHICAGO guests, took place Thursday, September 14, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the /Dialogues stage, presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sarah Douglas is the current Editor-in-Chief of ARTnews and has been an art journalist and editor for numerous publications for over 15 years. She was previously the Culture Editor at The New York Observer and launched their visual art site GalleristNY. Douglas has contributed to The New York Times Style Magazine, New York Magazine online, The Art Newspaper’s daily art fair editions at Frieze, Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, The Economist’s quarterly Intelligent Life and The National, among others. In 2013, Douglas was the recipient of ArtTable’s New Leadership award.
Dr. Ana Bilbao completed her PhD in Art History and Theory with specialization in Curatorial Theory and Practice at the University of Essex in 2017. She is an editor of Afterall Journal and a Research Fellow at the Afterall Research Centre in Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Bilbao teaches Art History and Curating at the University of Essex and previously worked in Arts Education in the Communications and External Relations Office at Essex, as well as an outreach tutor. She worked on the curatorial team of The Minories Art Galleries and as exhibitions organizer at Smiths Row Gallery. Before coming to the UK, she worked in Zona Maco México Arte Contemporáneo and in Galería GARCO as a curator. She participated in the project Nothing You Ever Wanted to Know About Curating: The Interview at Kynastonmcshine Gallery in London, and also co-curated the exhibition Organization of Dirt at Temple Works, Leeds. She was also an active member of the SMC at the Association of Art Historians.
Kevin McGarry has written about art for 4 Columns, Art Agenda, Art in America, Artforum, Artforum.com, Artnet, Flash Art, frieze, Kaleidoscope, Modern Weekly China, Mousse, PIN-UP, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and others. In 2008 he co-founded Migrating Forms films festival, which now takes place annually at BANCinematek in Brooklyn. He was editor of Rhizome from 2004-05.
Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries for nearly 30 years and teaches seminars in art history. Schachter has lectured internationally including keynote speeches at University of Zurich Art Market Studies, London Business School, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; been the recipient of a Rockefeller supported grant, and contributed to books on Paul Thek, Zaha Hadid, Vito Acconci and Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. Schachter is a regular contributor to Artnet, British GQ, and on occasion The Art Newspaper and New York Magazine, among others. Kenny Schachter deals in international art from Impressionist and modernism to the art and design of today. Schachter is self-taught in art and previously was an entertainment law writer, lawyer, fashion design apprentice, worked on the floor of the stock exchange, and was a practicing artist.
Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer and curator after formerly being an art dealer as well as art-fair director. He was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Grant in 2010 and was named critic in residence at the Bronx Museum in 2011. He has been a Lecturer at Yale University and Pratt University, and has curated a number of international exhibitions, including Dublin Contemporary 2011, the inaugural Irish biennial of contemporary art. He currently serves as the art and culture critic for artnet News.