Poet and Art Critic John Yau to speak at UT

A Thing Among Things Yau

Poet and Art Critic John Yau

Public Lecture: Thursday April 9, 2015, 7:30 PM
Room 109 – Art and Architecture Building

Poetry Reading: Wednesday April 8, 7 PM
Hodges Library Auditorium

Sponsored by VADSCO, UTK School of Art, and the Department of English

John Yau is a poet, fiction writer, critic, publisher of Black Square Editions, freelance curator, and an Associate Professor in Critical Studies at Rutgers. His recent books include A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, 2008) and Further Adventures in Monochrome (Copper Canyon Press, 2012). His reviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Bookforum, and the Los Angeles Times. He was the arts editor for the Brooklyn Rail from 2006 to 2011. In January 2012 he started the online magazine HyperallergicWeekend with three other writers.

In 1996, he curated Ed Moses:A Retrospective of Paintings and Drawingsfor the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. In 2010, Yau helped organize Oil and Water for Stephen Harvey Fine Art Projects. In 2012, he organized Broken/Window/Plane for Tracy Williams, New York City.

He has collaborated with many artists, including Norman Bluhm, Ed Paschke, Peter Saul, Pat Steir, Jürgen Partenheimer, Norbert Prangenberg, Squeak Carnwath, Thomas Nozkowski, Max Gimblett, and Richard Tuttle, on different projects. These collaborations have been exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art, New York City: the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; and the Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Australia.

He has received grants and fellowships for his poetry, fiction, and criticism from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Peter S. Reed Foundation, Ingram Merrill Foundation, and Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation. His awards include a General Electric Foundation Award, a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Brendan Gill Award. In 2002, he was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

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