Phong Bui

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Phong Bui (born September 17, 1964, in Huế, Vietnam) is an artist, writer, and independent curator, as well as the Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Publisher of The Brooklyn Rail, a free monthly arts, culture, and politics journal. Bui was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" by Brooklyn Magazine in 2014.[1] He lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Publisher, Writer, and Editor[edit]

In addition to publishing and editing The Brooklyn Rail, Bui publishes Rail Editions, a venture that features experimental poetry, fiction, artist interviews, and art criticism. Bui is a monthly contributor of essays, reviews, interviews, and portraits to the Brooklyn Rail[2] and has written for the P.S.1 Newspaper, the RBS Gazette, and Appearances Magazine.[3] He has also contributed several essays to exhibition catalogues and books on artists. In addition to his writing, he is the producer and host of the program Off The Rail, hosted by Clocktower Radio, where he interviews artists, art historians, writers, and other people of interest.[4]


Phong Bui has curated 40 monographic and group shows since 2000, including a first anniversary commemoration of Hurricane Sandy: Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1, "a sprawling, encompassing, inspiring exhibition of works by some 300 artists," according to Roberta Smith of the New York Times.[5] The show was ranked as New York's #1 exhibition in 2013 by Jerry Saltz of New York Magazine.[6] In 2014, Bui curated Bloodflames Revisited which featured the work of more than two dozen artists at Paul Kasmin Gallery.[7][8]

Bui served as curatorial advisor at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center from 2007 to 2010 where he featured artists like Jonas Mekas,[9] Joanna Pousette-Dart,[10] and Jack Whitten.[11] In 2012, Bui curated a show featuring recent work by Ron Gorchov at Cheim & Read[12] as well as Exquisite Fucking Boredom, a exhibition of Polaroid images by artist and writer Emma Bee Bernstein at Microscope Gallery.[13]


A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, Bui continued his postgraduate studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture[14] and studied independently with Nicolas Carone. In addition to creating monthly portraits for the Brooklyn Rail, Bui works as a sculptor, painter, and installation artist.[15] In 2006, Bui won the Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Eric Isenbeurger Annual Prize for Installation from the National Academy Museum. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Pierogi, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. Bui has lectured at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Bard College, Haverford College, and the School of Visual Arts. He has won an Arcadia Traveling Fellowship, a Hohenberg Traveling Fellowship, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship.


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