Art Writing in Crisis Brad Haylock and Megan Patty

Art Writing in Crisis
Brad Haylock and Megan Patty

Art Writing in Crisis Brad Haylock and Megan PattyArt Writing in Crisis
Brad Haylock and Megan Patty
Sternberg Press


288 pages
210 x 120 mm
ISBN 9783956795855


Fires burn around the world. Systemic discrimination persists, precarity is increasing, and the modern democratic project faces challenges from all sides. Art writing helps us to understand art which in turn helps us to understand such crises. But art writing itself is in crisis. Newspapers and magazines offer fewer channels than ever for independent art criticism, persistent institutional biases exclude the positions of many, and a proliferation of platforms presents opportunities and challenges in equal measure.

This volume presents contributions from a broad range of authors who address the social and political dimensions of art and art writing in the contemporary context, and the ways in which new writing and publishing practices promote critical engagement among readerships as never before.

About the Editors
Brad Haylock is a designer, publisher, and academic who lives and works on the unceded lands of the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations. He is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at RMIT University, where he is currently Coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research. He has edited and published numerous books, and has most recently coedited One and Many Mirrors: Perspectives on Graphic Design Education and Distributed.

Megan Patty is Head of Publications, Photographic Services and Library at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, and is founding Curator of the Melbourne Art Book Fair. She has edited numerous publications including She Persists: Perspectives on Women in Art & DesignThe Centre: On Art & Urbanism in ChinaSome Posters from the NGV,and NGV Triennial (2017).

About the Publisher
Sternberg Press grew out of the small publishing house known as Lukas & Sternberg, founded in 1999 by Caroline Schneider. With a focus on art criticism, theory, fiction, and artists’ books, the Berlin-New York based publishing endeavor was set in motion with a pocket book series—edited in part with Nicolaus Schafhausen. Dedicated to an expanded notion of writing on art, Sternberg Press has created a formidable platform in which practitioners from the fields of art and culture (architecture, design, film, politics, literature, and philosophy) can engage in a critical discourse. Each book is a special object celebrating creative publishing at its best, based on both meticulous editorial decisions and distinctive design. Through both commissioned and translated works, Sternberg Press seeks out the blind spots within contemporary discourse and offers a timely response to the related debates.


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