The Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program announced today that it will award $680,000 to nineteen recipients of its 2019 grants including Leticia Alvarado, Aruna D’Souza, Patricia Failing, Ari Heinrich, Jillian Steinhauer, and Mimi Wong. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books, and short-form writing—these awards support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews, and self-published blogs.
“The Warhol Foundation aims to support the full range of artistic activity in America—from exhibitions at major museums to neighborhood projects by artist collectives, said Joel Wachs, president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. “Arts writers, through the range and specialization of their individual interests, touch upon all of this activity—illuminating and interrogating it and bringing it into conversation with the public. Support for artists is not complete without support for the circulation and serious consideration of their ideas. The Arts Writers Grant program keeps artists at the center of cultural dialogue and debate—in our opinion, right where they belong.”
Commenting on the grantees’ proposals, program director, Pradeep Dalal said: “The terrific range of project proposals we received this year speaks to the mobile and porous boundaries of contemporary art practice and the richly inventive ways in which writers are approaching art today.” Among the projects being funded are Heinrich’s study of how trans artists such as Jes Fan use biochemical agents like melanin and estrogen as artistic mediums; Steinhauer’s forthcoming book on the late-life success of artists like Lorraine O’Grady, Mary Beth Edelson, and Carolee Schneemann; and Failing’s research on the curatorial practice of Henri Ghent, the founding director of the Brooklyn Museum’s Community Art Gallery.
The 2019 grantees are as follows:
“Remembering Henri Ghent (1926-2009)”
“Acid Visions: Bob Thompson, Abstract Figurative Painting, and the American NeoAvant-Garde”
Paul Schmelzer and Nicole J. Caruth
The Ostracon: Dispatches from Beyond Contemporary Art’s Center
Alter Harun Farocki: Forms of Intelligence
Cut/Hoard/Suture: Aesthetics in Relation
Behold the Monkey
Ari Larissa Heinrich
Decolonial Melanin: Jes Fan’s Contagious Xenophoria (A Glossary)
Alien Skins: Speculative Arts of the Americas
At the Edges of Sleep
Sean J. Patrick Carney