Ken Johnson (art critic)

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Ken Johnson (born 1953, in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American art critic who lives in New York. Johnson is a writer for the arts pages of The New York Times, where he covers gallery and museum exhibits.

Johnson attended Brown University and State University of New York at Albany, earning a degree in art from the former in 1976 and a master's degree in studio art, with a concentration in painting, from the latter in 1977. In his journalism career he has written on contemporary art for several art magazines, newspapers and publications. He was the art critic for the Boston Globe from 2006-2007.[1]

Johnson is also an educator, having taught courses in painting, drawing, electronic arts, art history, and art criticism at various universities in upstate New York. He teaches a writing seminar in the School of Visual Arts in art criticism and writing in New York.[2]

In June 2011, his book "Are You Experienced? How psychedelic consciousness transformed modern art" was published. [1]

In November 2012, Ken Johnson's review of the Now Dig This exhibition at PS1 MoMA for the New York Times caused considerable controversy. It was considered by some[weasel words] to be charged with racist biases, consistent with his apparent dismissiveness of women and artists of color in numerous past reviews. In response, an online petition was launched, demanding that the NY Times acknowledge their editorial lapse in allowing such a text to be published in its current form, and to address the larger issues of race in contemporary art.

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  1. ^ "Johnson to be Globe's new art critic (August 4, 2006)". The Boston Globe. August 4, 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Art criticism at the SVA". Retrieved 2010-02-07. 

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