Hrag Vartanian

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Hrag Vartanian (Armenian: Հրակ Վարդանեան) is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the arts blog Hyperallergic. He is a writer,[1] critic[2] and curator[3]

Vartanian was born in Aleppo, Syria,[4] raised in Toronto, Canada, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Hyperallergic was founded by Vartanian and his husband Veken Gueyikian in October 2009 as a "forum for serious, playful and radical thinking".[5]

Vartanian has contributed to numerous online and print publications including the Art:21 blog,[6] Boldtype, The Brooklyn Rail,[7] Huffington Post,[8] AGBU News Magazine, Ararat Magazine,[9] and NYFA Current.[10] He has guest contributed to Al Jazeera,[11] NPR,[12] ABC,[13] and WNYC.[14][15][16]

He was formerly Director of Communications at AGBU, the world's largest Armenian non-profit organization. Vartanian was a staunch supporter of the controversial Hide/Seek exhibit which was censored by the Smithsonian.[17]


  • "Do Bush’s Paintings Tell Us Anything About the Former President?" (February 2013) [18]
  • "An Experiment in Street Art Criticism" (March 2010) [19]
  • “Is Contemporary Architecture a PR Panacea for Autocrats? Western Architectural Ethics & Undemocratic Nations“ in Brooklyn Rail (September 2008)[20]
  • “The Very Public Life of Street Art” in Brooklyn Rail (May 2008)[21]
  • "Peter Sourian" from "Forgotten Bread: First Generation Armenian-American Writers" edited by David Kherdian (Berkeley, CA: Heyday books, 2007) [22]
  • "An Imaginary Armenian Canadian Homeland: Gariné Torossian’s Dialogue with Egoyan" from Image and Territory: Essays on Atom Egoyan edited by Monique Tschofen and Jennifer Burwell (Waterloo, ON: Wildred Laurier University Press, 2006).[23]
  • Bushwick Open Studios featuring artists: Andrew Ohanesian, Tescia Seufferlein, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Richard Martinez.
  • "Schwierige Wahrheiten: Die Schriftstellerin Nancy Kricorian (The Will to Resist: A Portrait of Nancy Kricorian)," in Porträt einer Hoffnung Die Armenier edited by Huberta von Voss (Verlag Hans Schiller, 2004). English edition [24]
  • "New York Life Recognizes Genocide Era Insurance Claims," AGBU Magazine (April 2004).[25]
  • "Nazi Style Wars," The Brooklyn Rail (October 2003).[26]
  • "Curating on the Margins," The Brooklyn Rail (Winter 2003).[27]
  • "Artist Biographies," The Clement Greenberg Collection (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University, 2001).
  • FutureHype/Kitabet, edited by Carmen Donabedian & Hrag Vartanian (Beirut: Haigazian University, 1998).
  • "Chine Drive: An Arts & Crafts Community," in The Stuff Dreams are Made of: The Art and Design of Frederick and Louise Coates (Toronto: University of Toronto, 1997).


  1. ^ Meehan, Emily (24 January 2007). "Never Mind the Bullets". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ Aaron Short (24 January 2011). "Art of the steal! Thief swipes a Ridley Howard drawing off gallery wall". Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
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  4. ^ Lean, edited by Huberta von Voss ; translated by Alasdair (2007). Portraits of hope : Armenians in the contemporary world (1st English ed. ed.). New York: Berghahn Books. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-84545-257-5. Retrieved 27 January 2011. 
  5. ^ “About Hyperallergic“, 24 April 2011.
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  8. ^ Vartanian, Hrag. "Hrag Vartanian". Huffington Post. 
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  17. ^ "Hide/Seek Press", Retrieved 9 March 2010.
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