Strategic Criticism: Towards an Arts Writers Coalition

James McAnally
St. Louis, MO
Cameron Shaw
Los Angeles, CA

Jenna Crowder
Sarrita Hunn
Gelare Khoshgozaran
Eunsong Kim
Jessica Lynne
James McAnally
Cameron Shaw

Common Field Session
James McAnally/ Temporary Art Review

The session will bring together a small group of arts writers, editors, and publishers to discuss the urgencies of radical empathy and anti-hegemonic practices in arts writing and criticism. As arts writers and editors, we state a desire for a supportive publication network that acts to prioritize the art world we want: an art world that is written and created through nuance, elasticity, and rigorous care. Rather than reproduce existing systems that fail to serve a greater good for all, we seek to shift discursive practices toward equity and diversity through a supportive visionary coalition.

Using our collective voices, we have drafted preliminary notes toward an arts writers/publishers coalition and a manifesto that defines the imperative to work urgently and slowly, to make space for tender uncertainty, proactively articulating alternatives to the status quo. Through a tally of practical actions, deep inward investigation (both as individuals and as publications), and the power of physical presence, we invite collaborative discussion of our initial notes to work toward a more confident manifesto that can be shared, signed, and practiced among a coalition of platforms. Participants include writers and editors from ARTS.BLACK, The Chart, contemptorary, Pelican Bomb, and Temporary Art Review.