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Aotearoa Art Fair and Te Pātaki Toi Adam Art Gallery invite you to a public talk by New York-based art writer and curator, Jarrett Earnest, at 6pm on Monday at Architecture Firm, Jasmax in Parnell.

Writer and curator Jarrett Earnest will read selections from his forthcoming book of experimental art criticism Valid Until Sunset. Pairing polaroids and short texts, the book explores the nature of images and their relation to time and memory.

Aotearoa Art Fair and Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery have invited Jarrett to visit Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland to attend the Fair and participate in the writers’ workshop run by Christina Barton. This workshop will see ten emerging writers developing their approaches to art writing by producing a publication with their responses to the Fair to be circulated on its conclusion.

Tickets to the talk are free, but booking is essential.

Jarrett Earnest’s visit is supported by Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa Art Fair and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (David Zwirner Books, 2018); editor of Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988-2017 by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, 2019), The Young and Evil: Queer Modernism in New York, 1930-1955 (David Zwirner 2020), Painting is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980-1993 (Soberscove Press, 2021) and Devotion: today’s future becomes tomorrow archive (PUBLIC books, 2022). His criticism and long-form interviews have appeared in New York Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, Vulture, The Village Voice, ​Los Angeles Review of Books, Art in America, Art Practical Riot of Perfume, SFAQ, The Miami Rail, Cultured, Elephant, New York Magazine, diSONARE and many exhibition catalogues, monographs and other publications.

He is curator of “Closer as Love: Polaroids 1993-2007: Breyer P-Orridge” at Nina Johnson, Miami (2019) as well as “The Young and Evil” (2019), “Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP” (2021), and “Jesse Murry: Rising” (with Lisa Yuskavage) (2021) (all at David Zwirner, New York) as well as “Ways of Seeing: Three Takes of the Jack Shear Drawing Collection” (The Drawing Center, New York 2022) and “The Formless Body” (Olga Korper, Toronto 2022). Earnest is also the creator and host of the “RE: a series of from the National Academy of Design” in 2021. In 2012-13 he ran the collaborative exhibition space 1:1 (pronounced “one to one”) with artists Leigha Mason, Alex Sloane and Whitney Vangrin at 121 Essex Street, NYC, and curated the pop-up NITE TIDE I & II (Summer 2014) at Nina Johnson (formerly Gallery Diet) in Miami, Fl.

He was faculty liaison at the free experimental art school BHQFU (2014-2017) running the MFU:NYC (Fall 2016) and MFU: MIAMI (Spring 2017) seminar and fellowship, and teaching: “Radical Pedagogy Working Group” (Spring 2016); “Emotional Formalism” (Fall 2015); “Color Feelings” (with Nathlie Provosty, Spring 2015); “Object Relations” (Fall 2014) and “Object Lessons” (Spring 2014). He has lectured widely on contemporary art as a visiting critic at Yale, MassArt, RISD, Boston University, Cornell, Concordia, SVA, SFAI, and CCA among others. In Spring 2021, Fall 2017 and Spring 2016 he was Critic-in-Residence at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.

Earnest has been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Fall 2014) the Key West Literary Seminar (Summer 2017) residencies and a Director’s Guest at Civitella Ranieri (Fall 2019). In 2021 he was awarded a Dorothea and Leo Rabkin prize for visual arts journalism.


  • Free


  • Mon 14 Nov


  • 6:00 pm — 8:00 pm


  • Jasmax
  • 2 Marston Street
  • Parnell, Auckland 1052