Momus is an international online art publication and podcast that promotes art writing and journalism, and stresses a return to an art criticism that is evaluative, accountable, and brave.
Since October 2014, Momus has quickly become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art at a slightly slower pace, and with greater focus and integrity, than online platforms typically allow. We’ve been recognized by peer publications including Frieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, LA Times, artnet News, and the College Art Association. Momus has attracted over 650,000 readers in its first two years, and was recently shortlisted – twice – for the International Award for Art Criticism. Already, we have produced a platform of lasting value, promoting a discourse that addresses both the flaws and strengths of an artworld fast expanding – and in need of renewed reflection.
In May 2017, Momus evolved its online publishing platform to include a podcast and its first print book. Momus: The Podcast extends our publication’s reputation for long-form, critically brave, and accessible content through “criticism in conversation.” With the help of podcast producer Angela Shackel, and the involvement of our award-winning roster of contributing editors, we are currently giving shape to our first season’s slate of episodes, which will roll out in the late Fall/Winter of 2017. Meanwhile, the pilot episode – and our first season – have been picked up for syndication by NTS radio, based in the UK. You can stream or download it here. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts’s New Chapter grant, which has made this podcast possible.
Our first print book, Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1 (2014-17), was published in late October 2017, with /edition Toronto as our co-publisher. It’s a beautifully-designed compendium of our best writing to date, presenting a singular tone from a multitude of talented contributors’ voices: one sufficient to the vital, uphill work of a critic in a mostly uncritical time. The book will be available for purchase through our website in late November 2017, and in bookstores in major artworld centers by the end of the year.
Momus‘s list of esteemed critics includes Aruna D’Souza, Andrew Berardini, Morgan Quaintance, Ben Davis, John Holten, Mitch Speed, Tausif Noor, Kimberlee Córdova, Catherine G. Wagley, Sheila Heti, Philip Monk, and Saelan Twerdy, among many others. These are risk-takers, art historians, popular voices, and truth-seekers – both emerging and established – who purvey the contemporary moment from a distance while fully ensconced. Together they claim an important platform for the revival of art criticism, and present art writing that promotes integrity and clarity in its reflection on the complexities, challenges, and potential emerging from an artworld in flux.
PUBLISHER and EDITOR Sky Goodden
SENIOR EDITOR Casey Beal
Tausif Noor, New York
Owen Duffy, New York
Andrew Berardini, Los Angeles
Catherine G. Wagley, Los Angeles
Saelan Twerdy, Montreal
Alison Hugill, Berlin
Mitch Speed, Berlin
Kimberlee Córdova, Mexico City
Juan José Santos, Santiago
PODCAST CO-PRODUCER, and EDITOR
MARKETING & PRODUCT MANAGER
Sky Goodden is the founding editor of Momus, an international online art publication that stresses a return to art criticism. It has attracted over 600,000 readers in its first two years, and regularly publishes some of the world’s most highly-regarded critics. Momus has been praised by peer publications and institutions, and was recently shortlisted – twice – for the International Award for Art Criticism. Before Momus, Goodden was the founding editor of BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada, which she ran from 2011 to 2014. She has written for Modern Painters, Art + Auction, Canadian Art, the National Post, Art21, artnet News, and C Magazine. She holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2010), which recently presented her with an Alumni of Influence Award, the “Trailblazer.”
Andrew Berardini is a writer in Los Angeles and a contributing editor at Momus. A finalist for the Premio Bonaldi and winner of an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Grant for Art Writers in 2013, he has a book forthcoming from Mousse on artist Danh Vo, and is currently at work on a another about color. Berardini is the co-founder of the Art Book Review, and edits for numerous other publications, including Artslant and Mousse. He has been a regular contributor to Art Review, LA Weekly, and Artforum.
Catherine G. Wagley writes about art and visual culture in Los Angeles. She currently works as an art critic for L.A. Weekly, and contributes to a number of other publications, most recently CARLA, ARTNews, East of Borneo, and L.A. Review of Books.
Saelan Twerdy is a freelance writer based in Montreal and a PhD candidate in Art History at McGill University. He is a contributing editor at Momus and his writing has appeared in venues such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, C magazine, Magenta, Blackflash, Bad Day, and The New Inquiry. He has also contributed to books and exhibition catalogues published by Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery, Fogo Island Arts/Sternberg Press, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Tausif Noor is a freelance writer and graduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London conducting research in visual culture, politics, and art history. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has worked in non-profit art spaces in India, where he was a Fulbright Research Fellow from 2014-15.
Owen Duffy is an art historian, writer, and curator based in New York. He has published in ArtReview, Momus, CURA., and Art & Education, among others, and has presented his research at such institutions as the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond; and LASANAA Live Art Hub, Kathmandu. He has been a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and through Frame Finland and earned his PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed a dissertation on the topic of The Politics of Immateriality and “The Dematerialization of Art.”
Alison Hugill is an editor, writer, and curator based in Berlin. She is managing editor of Berlin Art Link magazine and contributes to Sleek Magazine, AQNB, uncube, Rhizome, and Artsy. Hugill has an MA in art theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London (2011). Her research focuses on Marxist-feminist politics and aesthetic theories of community, participatory art, and architecture. She is one half of the collective anti-forum and a host of Berlin Community Radio show Hystereo.
Mitch Speed is Momus‘s contributing editor, Berlin, as of August 2016. His writing has appeared in Frieze, Camera Austria, Turps, and Canadian Art. Speed has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University, and a BFA from Emily Carr University, in Vancouver. While at Rutgers, he was a part-time lecturer at the undergraduate level, and founder of a reading group titled The Obsolete Juror, focusing on the relationship between contemporary art and writing. From 2011 until 2014, he was founder and co-editor of Setup, a journal of contemporary art and writing published by Publication Studio.
Kimberlee Córdova lives and works in Mexico City, DF. She received her BA in painting from the University of California at Santa Barbara (2007), and is a graduate of Soma’s postgraduate art program in Mexico City (2014). Solo exhibitions include The Dodo’s Verdict, Casa Mauuad (Mexico City, DF), and Brief Encounters with Tezcatlipoca at Bikini Wax (Mexico City, DF). Group exhibitions include exhibitions in Guadelajara, Mexico; Bogotá, Columbia; Los Angeles; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco.
Juan José Santos is an independent curator and critic based in Chile. He is a regular contributor to Artnexus, A*desk, and Dardo Magazine, among others. In 2016, his first book “Curating in Latin America: 30 Exhibitions of Contemporary Art” will be published. He is a journalism graduate and has done postgraduate studies in art criticism.
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