New York art critic and poet Raphael Rubinstein visited Atlanta on October 13-15 to participate in BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program [applications for Cycle 5 are now open]. He gave a talk on October 13 at Atlanta Contemporary about his book The Miraculous, published by Paper Monument. It features descriptions, “as if you were talking to a friend,” of well-known artworks but without using the artists’ names: “Did you hear about that artist who …”
Rubinstein was a senior editor at Art in America from 1997 to 2007, where he continues to be a contributing editor. Since leaving the magazine, he has been a professor of critical studies at the University of Houston. Among the many influential articles he wrote for Art in America is the seminal “Provisional Painting,” which is still classroom reading for many art students, and “A Quiet Crisis,” about the perennial crisis in art criticism. He later edited a book titled Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice.
Rubinstein received a writers grant from Creative Capital/ Warhol Foundation in 2010 for his blog The Silo, which was also recognized in 2014 as Best Blog by the International Association of Art Critics. In 2002, the French government presented him with the medal of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters, given to individuals for significant contributions to the arts.