Dean Kissick is a writer and New York editor of Spike Art Magazine, where he publishes his monthly column “The Downward Spiral” about art and culture in years of mass hysteria.
This summer he co-organized, with Eleanor Cayre, “The Painter’s New Tools” at Nahmad Contemporary, New York: a survey of artists that have found new ways of manipulating paint, and of painting without paint, by using software, CGI, code, AI, printers, tablets, phones and other image-making technologies. In fall 2020 he organized “New York Biennale,” a one-night show of artworks and performances in a park in the West Village. He’s a 2010 graduate of the Curating Contemporary Art program at the Royal College of Art in London, and a former intern of Hans Ulrich Obrist.
This summer Dean has also performed in and written for Irena Haiduk’s Cabaret Économique night for Neue Berliner Kunstverein. He has recently written catalogue essays for Jamian Juliano-Villani’s exhibition at Kunsthall Stavanger, the Walter Pfeiffer retrospective at Swiss Institute and Sara Cwynar’s performance at Performa 2021 Biennial, both New York, and “Andy Warhol: Lifetimes” at Aspen Art Museum, and has published short fiction in Heavy Traffic magazine and written fiction commissions for Yuri Pattison’s show at Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin and Guillaume Dénervaud’s at Centre d’édition contemporaine, Geneva.
Introduced by Leo Cocar, CCS Bard Graduate Student.
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