Faculty member Raphael Rubinstein’s blog The Silo was awarded The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. This award is, “designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.”
The Silo is conceived as a personal, revisionist “dictionary” of contemporary art. Its primary aims are to challenge existing exclusionary accounts of art since 1960 and to offer a fresh look at some canonical artists. This is a cumulative project; new entries will appear with as much regularity as circumstances allow.
Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose numerous books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002 (Hard Press Editions) and The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces (Make Now). He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice (Hard Press Editions). His book of micro-narratives In Search of the Miraculous: 50 Episodes from the Annals of Contemporary Art has been translated into French (Editions Greges). From 1997 to 2007 he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. In 2007 he was appointed Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters.