Professor Alan Gilbert Awarded the 2019 Arts Writers Grant

BY Audrey Deng, December 18, 2019

This year, one of the recipients of the 2019 Arts Writers Grant is Professor Alan Gilbert.

The award, created by Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. Gilbert received his award for his short-form writing project.

According to the Arts Writers Grant Program, Gilbert will use this grant to “write a series of articles and reviews that document a counter-globalism in contemporary art and visual culture. His focus will be on younger artists, artists of color, female artists, LGBTQI+ artists, and international artists imagining future possibilities for art and community formation.”

The Arts Writers Grant Program’s director, Pradeep Dalal, said in a statement, “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.”

In its 2019 cycle, the Arts Writers Grant Program has awarded a total of $680,000 to 19 writers. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in four categories—articles, blogs, books and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from scholarly studies to critical reviews, and self-published blogs.

Alan Gilbert is the author of two books of poetry, The Treatment of Monuments and Late in the Antenna Fields, as well as a collection of essays, articles, and reviews entitled Another Future: Poetry and Art in a Postmodern Twilight. His poems have appeared in The Baffler, The Believer, Boston Review, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilat, The Nation, and Prelude, among other places. His writings on poetry and art have appeared in a variety of publications, including Artforum, Bidoun, BOMB, Bookforum, Brooklyn Rail, Cabinet, Modern Painters, Parkett, and The Village Voice. He is the recipient of a 2009 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a 2006 Creative Capital Foundation Award for Innovative Literature.