Tate Modern Talk

Art Writing Now

Raoul Hausmann, ‘The Art Critic’ 1919–20
Raoul Hausmann, The Art Critic 1919–20. Tate. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2021

Join us for a special panel discussion exploring a diverse range of contemporary writing and publishing practices in and around the visual arts

What value do we place on books as art objects? How do we use fiction and non-fiction to address the role of the image? What status does art criticism have today? Chaired by author and publisher Stephanie LaCava, the panel features the award-winning American novelist and critic Lynne Tillman alongside Ben Eastham, writer and founding editor of The White Review.

A curated selection of art-relating writing will be available to purchase before the event from 18.00.


Ben Eastham is associate editor of ArtReview and founding editor of The White Review. His writing has appeared in frieze, ArtReview, the London Review of Books, the New York Times, Mousse, art-agenda, the TLS and numerous other publications, and he has written catalogue essays for artists including Ed Ruscha, Camille Henrot and John Gerrard, among others. He was previously assistant editor of art-agenda and associate editor of documenta 14. His first book, My Life as a Work of Art, co-authored with Katya Tylevich, was published in 2016.

Stephanie LaCava is a writer and publisher based in New York City. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Texte zur Kunst, The New York Review of Books and T, the New York Times Style Magazine. Her first book An Extraordinary Theory of Objects was a memoir hybrid of narrative nonfiction and illustration. She founded Small Press in 2016 to publish new works in translation and artist-led visual narratives for children and adults.

Lynne Tillman writes novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her novel NO LEASE ON LIFE was a Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, and her essay collection WHAT WOULD LYNNE TILLMAN DO? a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. She is the author of The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965-67, with photographs by Stephen Shore. Her sixth novel, MEN AND APPARITIONS, was recently published by Soft Skull. Tillman’s stories and essays appear frequently in artists’ books and museum catalogues, including, recently, those of Raymond Pettibon, Joan Jonas, Cindy Sherman, Liz Deschenes, Anne Collier and Carroll Dunham. Her column "In These Intemperate Times" appears bimonthly in frieze magazine. Tillman is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation grant for arts writing. She lives in Manhattan with bass player David Hofstra.

This event has been provided by Tate Gallery on behalf of Tate Enterprises LTD.​

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27 September 2018 at 18.30–20.00

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