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Eleanor Heartney

A conversation with Eleanor Heartney, independent cultural critic and author. Currently, she is contributing editor for Art in America and Artpress and president of AICA/USA.

Eleanor Heartney

Phong Bui talks to author Eleanor Heartney, one of today's most prominent art and culture critics; she is a contributing editor of ARTnews and ArtPress and Co-President of AICAUSA. Heartney discusses her tremendous art historical and critical output, particularly Postmodern Heretics: Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art, her exploration of the works of Catholic-raised artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano and Robert Gober, through which religion and religious iconography are frequently invoked. Her other texts include Art & Today, Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order and Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads, among a great many others (58 minutes).


Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art


This series of interviews is a partial oral history of AICA/USA, the United States chapter of the Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art. Josephine Gear and Michele C. Cone, historians and members of the AICA/USA board, speak to the organization's past and current presidents and bring their conversations to a wider radio audience. These figures discuss their experiences during their tenures as well as their views on the art worlds of their respective times. Michele C. Cone currently writes for and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Josephine Gear teaches in the Program in Museum Studies at New York University.