James Crump

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James Crump at the Tribeca Film Festival where his documentary Black White + Gray premiered.

James Crump is a filmmaker, curator and art historian. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and has published widely in modern and contemporary art and history of photography.


Crump has worked with contemporary artists and photographers. From 2010 to 2013 he was Chief Curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum where he directed the organization of several exhibitions. He has collaborated with a host of museums and galleries, including Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, International Center of Photography, the Grey Art Gallery of NYU and The Drawing Center in New York, Princeton University Art Museum, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany. He has organized exhibitions or published books with such artists as James Welling, Doug and Mike Starn, Doug Aitken, Richard Misrach, Nan Goldin, Ross Bleckner, Lynn Davis, and the estates of Berenice Abbott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Willem de Kooning, Garry Winogrand,[1] and Walker Evans.

Crump's work has most recently been published in Aperture, Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, Art Review, Art in America, Print, and History of Photography. Before completing his Ph.D. in history of art, he was Associate Curator of Photography at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, where he oversaw a collection of over 50,000 photographic prints and organized the exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute.[2][3] From 1996 to 2003, Crump was founding director and CEO of Arena Editions, a publisher of illustrated books.[4][5][6][7]

Crump wrote, produced and directed the documentary film, Black White + Gray, about the influence of the art collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe.


Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe[edit]

Crump directed the feature-length documentary film Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Mapplethorpe, which premiered in North America at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and in Europe at Art Basel. It explores the influence curator Sam Wagstaff, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and musician/poet Patti Smith had on art in New York City in the 1970s. It began airing on the Sundance Channel in March 2008. It was named one of the 100 Best Films of 2008 by The Times, London [8] and in 2013 named among Blouin ArtInfo's 20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries.[9]

Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art[edit]

Crump wrote, produced and directed Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art.[10] Set in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest, the film unearths the history of land art during the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s.


Books (as author)[edit]

Books (as co-author)[edit]

Select books (as editor/publisher)[edit]


  1. ^ Eyemazing, Artists Issue No. 3 (Autumn 2009) Garry Winogrand: Women Are Beautiful: Interview with James Crump
  2. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Summer 1994) Exhibition Review, Personality versus Physique by Melody D. Davis
  3. ^ Charles Hagen reviews the exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute, The New York Times
  4. ^ Riza Cruz, "South by Southwest: Arena Draws a Crowd," Vanity Fair, October 2000.
  5. ^ "James Crump: Keep the Book, Throw Out the Coffee Table", Santa Fe New Mexican, July 6-12, 2001]
  6. ^ Arena Editions Catalogue, (Autumn, 2002)
  7. ^ Arena Editions, ISBNdb
  8. ^ The Times (London), "The 100 Best Films of 2008"
  9. ^ Blouin ArtInfo, "20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries"
  10. ^ IMDb, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art
  11. ^ Artforum, (December 2014), Michael Fried, Books: Nine Scholars, Curators, Writers, and Artists Choose the Year's Outstanding Books
  12. ^ Douglas F. Smith, book review, Library Journal.
  13. ^ Jörg M. Colberg, book review, Conscientious.
  14. ^ Lenora Jane Estes, book review, Vanity Fair.
  15. ^ Photo District News Notable Books of 2009
  16. ^ Douglas Stockdale, book review, photo-eye Magazine.
  17. ^ Planet°, Sarah Coleman on Variety
  18. ^ Times Literary Supplement (London), March 1, 1996, "Uranian, Ukrainian," Will Eames reviews F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  19. ^ Interview Magazine (April 1996) "A New Day for an Old Tale," Brad Goldfarb on F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  20. ^ Daily Beast, The Kings of Kodachrome by Philip Gefter
  21. ^ NPR, The Crusade for Color by Claire O'Neill
  22. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Christopher Benfey reviews When We Were Three: The Travel Albums of George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler and Glenway Wescott
  23. ^ Voice, January 19, 1999, "Photo Finish" by Vince Aletti
  24. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Harm's Way
  25. ^ Washington Post, Garry Winogrand: Huge Influence, Early Exit by Frank Van Riper
  26. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004) The Evans File by Benjamin Lima
  27. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Adam Fuss

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