The Voice of Criticism in Contemporary Art, with Possible Press founder Rachel Reese.
WHERE: Track One Building, at the corner of 4th Ave S. and Chestnut St.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2 – 4 p.m.
WHAT: Rachel Reese discussed the nuances of criticism in contemporary art communities, using her experiences as founder of Possible Press, independent curator, and former editor at BURNAWAY.
Reese discussed how writers might:
• Separate the role of the critic from the role of the advocate;
• Respond to the diminished value of the “expert”;
• Balance writing about regional artists with those creating elsewhere;
• Work within the codependent, non-hierarchical relationship of print and online publication;
• Consider whether to publish reviews during or after exhibition; and
• Reach an audience unaffiliated with the art world.
For artists and curators, she addressed:
• How to get the attention of a critic;
• How to get your art written about;
• The importance of getting a review;
• How to develop and maintain a relationship with a critic;
• What critics are looking for in a work or a show; and
• What the contemporary field is covering.
Rachel Reese, an independent curator and arts writer, is the Communications Manager at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Reese is the former editor of BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta.
Since 2009, Reese has produced Possible Press, a free, curated publication of artists’ writings that received an Idea Capital award in 2012. From 2009-2012 Reese co-curated the exhibition space Possible Projects, producing 15 exhibitions in New York and Philadelphia.
Reese writes frequently for BOMBlog and BURNAWAY, and her writing has also appeared in Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS.
Reese has worked in commercial galleries since 2006 and was the assistant director of Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia from 2010-2012. In 2012 she curated exhibitions such as You, Me, We, She, an all-female exhibition including artwork by Martha Wilson, DISBAND, Mika Rottenberg, Annika Eriksson, Johanna Billing, Corita Kent, and Justine Kurland, among others and reviewed in ART PAPERS and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2011 she curated an exhibition with the West Coast-based artist Chris Johanson. In New York, Reese was the financial director of Deitch Projects in New York during its final tenure from 2009-2011, and has also worked at Petzel Gallery, Andrew Kreps Gallery, and Andrea Rosen Gallery between 2006-2009.
Reese currently teaches a critical writing course at Georgia State University titled Critical Issues in Contemporary Art. She was previously an MFA seminar lecturer at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 2012. Reese holds an MFA in Sculpture from City College, City University of New York in New York City.