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Vincent Katz

Vincent Katz,

poet, critic, translator, editor, and curator

Vincent Katz is a poet, critic, translator, editor, and curator.  His art criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues, and journals.  He was the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiement In Art, published by MIT Press in 2002 and reprinted in 2013. Katz curated an exhibition on Black Mountain College for the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid in 2002, and he curated “Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” for the Museum of the City of New York in 2008.  In 2000, he co-curated (with Lynn Gumpert) “Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and 60s” for the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which paired Burckhardt’s portraits of artists with works by those artists.  Katz has published essays or articles on the work of Jennifer Bartlett, Clark Coolidge, Edwin Denby, Edward Hopper, Ann Lauterbach, Nabil Nahas, Michael Palmer, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Cy Twombly, and others.  His criticism has been published in Apollo, Art in America, ARTnews, Art on Paper, art press, Parkett, World of Interiors, and Tate Etc. He is the author ofThe Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius (Princeton, 2004), winner of the National Translation Award for 2005, Alcuni Telefonini, a collaboration with painter Francesco Clemente published by Granary Books, and Swimming Home, a book of poems published by Nightboat Books in 2015.  A book of Katz’s selected poetry criticism is forthcoming.

  • BA and MA, Oxford University, England, Classics, 1985
  • BA, University of Chicago, Music and Classics, 1982
Teaching experience includes:

  • Workshop, "Crossing Over: Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity" Naropa University, Summer Writing Program, Boulder, Colorado, June, 2012
  • Course, “Investigating Interdisciplinarity” School of Visual Arts, New York, MFA in Art Criticism and Writing, 2012
  • Course, "The Poet as Critic" School of Visual Arts, New York, MFA in Art Criticism and Writing, 2011
  • Course, “American Post-War Art” University of Campinas, Brazil, 2011
  • Lecture, “Experimentation and Collaboration in Post-War American Art” “Frank O'Hara and Friends,” and “Sextus Propertius and Erotic Love Elegy,” Unicamp, Brazil, 2011
  • Workshop, “Poetry and the Visual Arts,” The Poetry Project, New York, 2008
  • Seminar on Translation, Boston University, graduate students, 2008
  • Workshop, “Journey to Black Mountain,” Naropa University, Summer Writing Program, Boulder, Colorado, July, 2005
Other publications:

Art Criticism published in

  • Apollo
  • Art in America
  • ARTnews
  • Art on Paper
  • art press
  • House and Garden
  • Parkett
  • World of Interiors
  • Tate Etc.
  • The Brooklyn Rail

Poetry Criticism published in

  • Jacket
  • Poetry Project website
  • Hidden Agendas: Unreported Poetics
  • Jacket 2
  • Companion to Roman Elegy
  • One Word
  • Poetry Project Website
  • The Brooklyn Rail
  • Hidden Agendas
  • Translation Review
  • The Poetry Project Newsletter
    Awards and honors:

    • Guest of the Director, American Academy in Berlin, Spring, 2006
    • National Translation Award, 2005, from the American Literary Translators Association, for THE COMPLETE ELEGIES OF SEXTUS PROPERTIUS
    • John Guare Writer’s Fund Rome Prize Fellowship for a one-year residency at the American Academy in Rome, selected by the Literature Committee for Awards of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2001-2002
    • With Eyes and Ears and Mind: Selected Poetry Criticism, forthcoming from BlazeVOX books.
    • BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: EXPERIMENT IN ART, edited by Vincent Katz, with essays by Martin Brody, Robert Creeley, Vincent Katz, and Kevin Power  (2002, MIT Press, Cambridge; reprinted 2013)
    • BERNARD LANGLAIS AT THE COLBY COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART, Essay “A Classic Innovator’s New York Moment” (2014, Edizioni Charta)
    • CARL ANDRE: SCULPTURE AS PLACE, 1958-2010, Essay “Carl Andre’s Lyric Heart” (2013, Yale University Press)
    • ALEX KATZ, Essay “Alex Katz Meets Rudy Burckhardt” (2013, MDM Salzburg / University of Chicago Press Books)
    • MAINE SUBLIME: FREDERIC EDWIN CHURCH’S LANDSCAPES OF MOUNT DESERT AND MOUNT KATAHDIN, Essay “Painting Maine: A Look at Artists’ Interpretations of the Maine Landscape” (2012, The Olana Partnership and Cornell University Press)
    • EDWARD HOPPER’S MAINE, Essay “Mastering The Vernacular: The Role Of Maine In Edward Hopper’s Early Work” (2011, Prestel Publishing)
    • JIM DINE: PAINTINGS, Essay “At the Crux: Jim Dine’s New Hearts" (2011, The Pace Gallery)
    • NABIL NAHAS: WORKS 1970-2010, Monograph (2010, Beirut Exhibition Center)
    • LARRY RIVERS, Essay “Larry Rivers: Eternal Renegade" (2009, Tibor de Nagy Gallery), Essay
    • GHADA AMER AND REZA FARKONDEH: ROSES OFF LIMITS, Essay “The Natural World, the Political Context: Collaborative Monoprints by Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh” (2009, Pace Prints)
    • PICTURING NEW YORK: THE ART OF YVONNE JACQUETTE AND RUDY BURCKHARDT, Essay "Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” (2008, the Museum of the City of New York)
    • PLEASURE PALACES: THE ART AND HOMES OF HUNT SLONEM, Essay “Hunt Slonem: Discoverer of Pleasure" (2007, powerHouse Books)
    • SINGULAR MULTIPLES: THE PETER BLUM EDITION ARCHIVE 1980-1994, Essay (2006, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston)
    • FRANCESCO CLEMENTE: NEW WORKS, Essay "The Hidden Mystic: Recent Paintings by Francesco Clemente" (2004, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Reykjavik Art Museum )
    • JANET FISH: PAINTINGS, Monograph, (2002, Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)



    • NABIL NAHAS: PERPETUAL ENERGY, Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, 2010
    • JUAN GOMEZ, Cue Art Foundation, New York,  2006
    • BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: UNA AVENTURA AMERICANA at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2002-03
    • RUDY BURCKHARDT, IVAM Centre Julio González, Valencia, 1998


    • INVENTED SYMBOLS: AN ART AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Alex Katz (2012, Edizioni Charta and Colby College Museum of Art)
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