Public Talk and Reading by Raphael Rubinstein


BURNAWAY is thrilled to present a public talk on October 13 and a performance on October 14 by New York-based critic and poet Raphael Rubinstein, author of the influential articles “Provisional Painting” and “A Quiet Crisis,” among others.

On Thursday, October 13 at 7pm at Atlanta Contemporary, Rubinstein will speak about recent projects based around his book The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014), including a 2016 installation in Edinburgh in which extracts from his book were transposed into a site-specific architectural setting. He will also discuss how borrowing from literary forms can open up new possibilities for art writing.

On Friday, October 14, 7pm at SCAD’s Ivy Hall, Rubinstein will perform A Geniza, “a poem of fragmented fragments pertaining to Edmond Jabès, Uum Kalsoum, Leila Mourad and other former and current citizens of Cairo, Egypt” that delves into the history of Cairo as a multi-ethnic, cosmopolitan and contested site. Each reading of the poem, which has been published in a deluxe limited edition by Granary Books, takes the form of a never-to-be-repeated random sequence.

A leading voice in contemporary art criticism, Rubinstein comes to Atlanta as a mentor in BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program, now in its fourth cycle. Click here for more information.

Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic. From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art and an occasional curator. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

His numerous publications include A Geniza (Granary Books, 2015); The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (Make Now, 2007); Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (Hard Press Editions, 2006); Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions, 2003), and The Basement of the Café Rilké (Hard Press Editions, 1996).

The Miraculous was published by New York non-profit art press Paper Monument in 2014. Excerpts from the book have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and The Sienese Shredder. In 2004, a French translation by writer Marcel Cohen was published by Èditions Grèges as En quête de miracle.

Recent curatorial projects include “The Silo” at Garth Greenan Gallery, New York, 2016; “Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s” at Cheim & Read, New York, 2013, and “Provisional Painting” at Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, 2011.

WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 7pm
WHERE: Atlanta Contemporary 535 Means St. NW
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WHEN, Friday, October 14, 7pm
WHERE: SCAD IVY Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave.
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Both events are free and open to the public. 

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