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David Smith, the life and the work: A conversation between Michael Brenson and David Levi Strauss

The Evening Lecture Series is free and open to the public. With inquiries, please contact Kara Carmack at kcarmack@nyss.org.

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“The Art and Life of a Transformational Sculptor,” by Michael Brenson. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022.

 

Photo by David Lackey.

Michael Brenson is an art critic and art historian. He received a Ph.D. in Art History from Johns Hopkins University and was an art critic for The New York Times from 1982 to 1991. He is a Getty Scholar, Guggenheim Fellow and Clark Fellow, and the recipient of a Whiting Creative Nonfiction grant. For nearly two decades, he was a member of the sculpture faculty in Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He is the author of Visionaries and Outcasts: The NEA, Congress, and the Place of the Visual Artist in America, and Acts of Engagement: Writings on Art, Criticism and Institutions, 1993-2202. He is the artistic director of the Jonathan and Barbara Silver Foundation.

 

Photo by Sterrett Smith.

David Levi Strauss’s most recent books include Co-Illusion: Dispatches from the End of Communication (The MIT Press, 2020), Photography and Belief (David Zwirner Books, 2020), and The Critique of the Image Is the Defense of the Imagination (Autonomedia, 2020). He is chair emeritus of the graduate program in Art Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York, which he directed from 2007 to 2021.

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