James Crump

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James Crump lecturing on Gerhard Richter at Dia: Beacon, 2012.
James Crump at the Tribeca Film Festival where his documentary Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe 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 the fields of modern and contemporary art and history of photography.

Crump is known internationally for his work 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 high-profile 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 established 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 been widely published, most recently in Aperture, Archives of American Art Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, Art Review, Art in America, Print, and History of Photography. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in history of art, with Dr. Eugenia Parry as his chief advisor at the University of New Mexico, Crump 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 acclaimed 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 pioneer in the competitive space for illustrated books.[4][5][6][7] Crump wrote, produced and directed the documentary film, Black White + Gray, featuring the influential and legendary art collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The film premiered at the 2007 New York-based Tribeca Film Festival[8] and Europe’s Art Basel; it began airing on the Sundance Channel in March 2008. Black White + Gray was named one of the 100 Best Films of 2008 by The Times, London [9] and among Blouin ArtInfo's 20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries.[10]

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 the 1970s art scene in New York City.

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  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. ^ The New York Times, Charles Hagen reviews the exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute
  4. ^ Vanity Fair (October 2000), "South by Southwest: Arena Draws a Crowd," by Riza Cruz
  5. ^ Santa Fe New Mexican, (July 6-12, 2001) James Crump: Keep the Book, Throw Out the Coffee Table
  6. ^ Arena Editions Catalogue, (Autumn, 2002)
  7. ^ Arena Editions, ISBNdb
  8. ^ Tribeca Film Festival Guide, David Kwok introduces Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff + Robert Mapplethorpe
  9. ^ The Times (London), "The 100 Best Films of 2008"
  10. ^ "Blouin ArtInfo", "20 Must-Watch Artist Documentaries"
  11. ^ Library Journal, Walker Evans: Decade by Decade book review by Douglas F. Smith
  12. ^ Conscientious, Walker Evans: Decade by Decade book review by Jörg M. Colberg
  13. ^ Vanity Fair, Walker Evans: Decade by Decade by Lenora Jane Estes
  14. ^ Photo District News Notable Books of 2009
  15. ^ photo-eye Magazine Review: Variety by Douglas Stockdale
  16. ^ Planet°, Sarah Coleman on Variety
  17. ^ Times Literary Supplement (London), March 1, 1996, "Uranian, Ukrainian," Will Eames reviews F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  18. ^ Interview Magazine (April 1996) "A New Day for an Old Tale," Brad Goldfarb on F. Holland Day: Suffering the Ideal
  19. ^ Daily Beast, The Kings of Kodachrome by Philip Gefter
  20. ^ NPR, The Crusade for Color by Claire O'Neill
  21. ^ 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
  22. ^ Voice, January 19, 1999, "Photo Finish" by Vince Aletti
  23. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Harm's Way
  24. ^ Washington Post, Garry Winogrand: Huge Influence, Early Exit by Frank Van Riper
  25. ^ Art Journal, Vol. 63, No. 3 (Autumn 2004) The Evans File by Benjamin Lima
  26. ^ The New York Times Book Review, Andy Grundberg reviews Adam Fuss

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