I write literary essays, criticism and reportages, mostly related to contemporary art and travels. For my latest book Salt in the Wound I traveled across he European continent, to speak with artists about their work and their artistic roots. It was first published in Dutch by Van Oorschot Amsterdam, in 2016, followed by the English translation (revised) in 2019, published by Garret in Helsinki. Currently I am working on a book about contemporary painting, Why Painting Works.
For Artforum International I have been reviewing exhibitions since 2011. The more than 70 reviews can be found in print and in the digital archive of the magazine. Other texts, related to exhibitions or travels appear in the Belgian HART magazine. In both DAMN and Elephant magazine I have published interviews with artists, such as Kerry James Marshall, Rachel Whiteread, Sylvie Fleury, Ruprecht von Kaufmann and Julian Schnabel.
Among the exhibitions I curated are Taking Root at KIT Düsseldorf (2019-20), the international painting exhibition Content is a Glimpse (2018-19) in Berlin, and Re: Imagining Europe (2017) and As If, At Home (2016) at Box Freiraum in Berlin. The two exhibitions in Box Freiraum showed a choice from the artistic production in Europe.
Both in Europe and the USA I frequently visit art schools, universities and art institutions for talks and guest teaching, among them the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and the University of Chicago. Upcoming visits will be at the academies of fine arts in Helsinki (Finland) and in Riga (Latvia), in spring 2020.
Portrait author: © Virginie Schreyen