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Social forms in all their guts and glory
Christian has worked as a gallerist, art fair director, art critic and curator since 1994. He was awarded Kennedy Family Visiting Fellowship in 2018, a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Grant for short-form arts writing in 2009, named Art Critic in Residence at the Bronx Museum in 2011, and has lectured at Yale University, Pratt Institute, and Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie. He co-founded The Brooklyn Rail in 1999; between 2008 and 2016 he wrote art criticism for the Village Voice. Presently, Christian serves as the Chief Critic for Artland and writes regularly for The Art Newspaper. In 2018 he was named Curator-at-Large at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, where he recently organised the exhibition "Life During Wartime: Art In the Age of Coronavirus". He has curated numerous museum exhibitions around the world and is the author of several books. His most recent, Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art, was published by David Zwirner Books in 2018.


An Astronomer Without Stars: An Art Critic Takes the Measure of Those We’ve Lost

Along with more than 1.77 million lives (and counting), COVID-19 has taken the lives of some of the world’s greatest cultural figures. How will these larger-than-life characters be remembered? Christian considers the deaths of Egyptian actress Ragaa el-Gedawy, Italian curator and critic Germano Celant, Russian art historian Irina Antonova, American artist and art historian David Driskell and Chilean art critic and teacher Guillermo Machuca.