05 April 2014

Cervantes Institute Panel Examines the State of European Art Criticism

WHAT: Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe panel discussion about the current state of art criticism in Europe.
WHEN: Sun, Apr 27, 2014, 3-6pm panel 6-7:30pm reception
WHERE: The Cervantes Institute in New York, 211 East 49th Street, New York , NY 10017

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AICA International and EUNIC New York members: Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, The Czech Center New York, Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain and the Polish Cultural Institute New York in collaboration with AICA USA present Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe, a panel discussion at the Cervantes Institute, New York City, 3-6pm.

This panel will address the role the of art criticism in Europe, whether it can function within a local geo-cultural context while art becomes an increasingly global commodity, and the role social media plays in making local art criticism globally accessible? The panelists for Walking in the Air are noted scholars and critics from Spain, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic; moderated by Hyperallergic's co-founder and editor Hrag Vartanian.  The discussion will begin with opening remarks by Marek Bartelik, president of AICA International, and the panel will be followed by a reception from 6-7:30.  A special issue of the Brooklyn Rail devoted to art criticism in Europe and the United States, scheduled for May 2014, will continue topics introduced atthe panel.

About the Participants:

Moderator Hrag Vartanian: Writer, art critic, and curator, he is also editor and co-founder of the influential arts blog Hyperallergic. Vartanian was born in Aleppo, Syria, raised in Toronto, Canada, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Vartanian has contributed to numerous online and print publications including the Art21 blog, Boldtype, The Brooklyn Rail, Huffington Post, AGBU News Magazine, Ararat Magazine, and NYFA Current. He has guest contributed to Al Jazeera, NPR and WNYC.


Dorota Jarecka (Poland): Art historian, curator and art critic, writing for key Polish magazines and  cooperating with the major Polish daily “Gazeta Wyborcza”. In 2011-2012, she hosted a series of meetings - Krytycy i krytycy (Critics and critics) at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, devoted to the condition of art criticism and the workshop of an art critic. In 2012, she was awarded the Jerzy Stajuda Prize for Art Criticism. In 2012 she co-edited the book entitled Krystiana Robb-Narbutt. Rysunki, przedmioty, pracownia (Krystiana Robb-Narbutt. Drawings, objects, the studio). Member of the Citizens’ Forum for Contemporary Art and the International Association of Art Critics/AICA.

Marja-Terttu Kivirinta (Finland): Art critic, journalist (freelancer 1976–1980, 2009–) and author of non-fiction books. Kivirinta worked as a staff writer for 28 years in the cultural section of the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat from 1980.  She taught art history and art criticism since 1978 at the University of Theater, University of Helsinki and University of Art and Design in Helsinki. She has published numerous articles on art history and contemporary art as well as worked as a co-editor in editorial boards for a series of non-fiction books. Kivirinta has had several positions of trust; currently she is a member of the Board in AICA-Finland (2010–) and AICA International (2011–). 

Javier Montes (Spain): Writer, translator and art critic living in Madrid. He has lived for extended periods in Equatorial Guinea, Paris, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. In 2007, he received the José María Pereda Prize for his first novel, Los penúltimos and received with Andrés Barba the Anagrama Essay Prize for the book La ceremonia del porno (2007). As a translator he has focused on critical publication and research into the works of Shakespeare: he has published versions of Cymbeline, King Lear and Coriolanus, as well as the essay Shakespeare y la música (2009).

Tomáš Pospiszyl (Czech Republic): Critic, curator and art historian based in Prague, Czech Republic. He writes for the daily newspaper Lidové noviny. He worked as a curator in The National Gallery in Prague (1997-2002), and a research fellow at The Museum of Modern Art in New York (2000) . Since 2003 he teaches at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His publications include anthology Primary Documents; A Sourcebook for Eastern and Central European Art since the 1950s, which he co-edited with Laura Hoptman (2002). He is a regular contributor for Czech art magazines Umelec, Tyden, A2, Ateliér, Cinepur, and Respekt, and has penned numerous catalogue essays and magazine articles.

For more information: Polish Institute Website

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Press Contact: Polish Cultural Institute New York: Paulina Bębecka, paulina.bebecka@instytutpolski.org, 212.239.7300 ext. 3011

Organized by AICA International and EUNIC New York members: The Czech Center New York, Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain, and The Polish Cultural Institute New York  in collaboration with AICA-USA and The Cervantes Institute in New York. Media partners: Brooklyn Rail and Hyperallergic.

Headquartered in New York, AICA-USA's membership comprises over 400 critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States.