The Arts Writers Grant Program run by the Andy Warhol Foundation in association with Creative Capital announced its grant recipients for 2013. In its eighth year, the program, which was “ founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture,” is dispensing $619,000 this year to twenty writers in four categories: articles, blogs, books and short-form writing.
Among the bloggers are the veteran commentator Sharon Butler, whose Two Coats of Paint was launched in 2007, and Andrew Horwitz who, on the proceeds of his grant, will launch a blog with the catchy title “Art Criticism for the Post-Material World”. Since 2003 he has published Culturebot.org, a blog about performance.
Monica Amor, who is a professor of modern and contemporary art at MICA, is one of eight grantees in the book category. She is preparing a monograph on the Latin American artist Gego (Gertrude Goldschmidt. Other subjects supported in this category show concentrations in post-colonialism, photography and conceptual art.
Robert Berlind, the painter and critic, is one of the seven short-form writing grantees – the top prize in cash terms at $50,000. He is the only New York City-based critic in this category; others work in rural New York, Beirut, Berlin, Los Angeles and Nashville, TN. (The prizes are restricted to US citizens or permanent residents.) Berlind – whose writings are familiar to readers of Art in America and the Brooklyn Rail, intends to travel to around America, Europe and Japan in search of subjects.
Berlind appeared on The Review Panel in 2006 and Amor is slated for The Review Panel Philadelphia in 2014.