Rail Editions, the publishing imprint of the Brooklyn Rail, will launch The Held Essays on Visual Art, a collection of essays that take on the state of our contemporary visual culture and the ideas that march under the banner of art and politics. Edited by Jonathan T.D. Neil and Alexander Nagel, it includes over two dozen texts by seminal writers across disciplines from art history, critical theory, fiction, and criticism such as Claire Bishop, David Levi Strauss, T.J. Demos, Ariella Azoulay, and Sheila Heti. As a chronological collection, it is a slice of shifting and evolving thoughts on art and politics, a topic that becomes more urgent every day. This session, with Gaby Collins-Fernandez and Martha Schwendener, will include an overview of the book's scope and development, and will feature a selection of the essayists in conversation with one of the editors.
Presented on September 21st, 2019. Recording courtesy of Blank Forms.