February 23, 2007 - Andy Warhol Foundation - Announcing Inaugural Arts Writing Grants
February 23, 2007

Announcing Inaugural Arts Writing Grants

Andy Warhol, Roll of Bills, 1962, Pencil, crayon and felt-tip pen on paper, 40 x 301/8 inches, coyright The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Andy Warhol Foundation Announces Inaugural Arts Writing Grants
For project descriptions and the 2007 grant calendar for individual writers, please visit www.artswriters.org

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce the first round of grants through its Arts Writing Initiative, a three-year, three-million-dollar program to support independent, progressive arts publications and individual arts writers. Designed to encourage and reward writing about art that is both intellectually rigorous and creatively generative, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to insure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

Selected through a nomination-based process for their ambition, commitment and strong editorial vision, each of the eight non-profit journals listed below will receive capacity-building grants of approximately $100,000 intended to stabilize business practices, increase audiences, and encourage the exploration of new partnerships and distribution channels. The grants are meant to enable journals to take creative risks and to showcase ambitious, intellectually committed writing.
Afterall, Los Angeles Art Papers, Atlanta Bomb Magazine, New York The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Cabinet, New York Esopus, New York Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Ithaca X-tra, Los Angeles

Representing a broad range of genres from scholarly studies to experiments with new and alternative media, the eighteen selected projects (listed below) are united by their dual commitment to the craft of writing and the advancement of critical discourse on contemporary visual art.

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Art Works: Artistic Labor in the Vietnam War Era (book), Providence

Susan Cahan, The Politics of Race in American Museums, 1968-1972 (book), St. Louis

Eda Cufer, Art as Mousetrap (book), Portland

Catherine de Zegher, Drawing Book (book), Kortrijk

T.J. Demos, The Document Between Fact and Fiction: Contemporary Art in Beirut (article), London

Grant Kester, The One and the Many: Agency and Identity in Collaborative Art (book), San Diego

Tan Lin, Warhol Writer (article), New York

Mary Warner, Documentary Photography: Episodes in the History of Image-Making and Ideas (article), La Fayette

Tom McDonough and Nancy Davenport, Inhabiting Authoritarianism: Students in the Iranian Pavilion in Paris, 1961-1979 (new and alternative media), Binghamton and New York

Judd Morrisey, The Last Performance (new and alternative media), Chicago

Eileen Myles, The Importance of Being Iceland (book), San Diego

Margaret Nelson, Women, the New York School, and Other True Abstractionists (book), Los Angeles

Molly Nesbit, The Tempest Essays (book), New York

John Peffer, The Struggle for Art at the End of Apartheid (book), Lakewood

Frances Richard, Physical Poetics: The Writings of Gordon Matta-Clark (article), Brooklyn

Reiki Tomii, Collectivism in 20th-Century Japan: A History of Strategic Alliances (article), New York

Kenneth Wark, The Situationists: A Users Guide (new and alternative media), New York

Gene Youngblood, George Kuchars Video Diaries (article), Santa Fe

For project descriptions and the 2007 grant calendar for individual writers, please visit www.artswriters.org.

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