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Max Kozloff and the Unfolding of Photography Criticism

  • SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY, 10011 United States (map)

Max Kozloff is one of the most important figures in the fields of art and photography criticism. Within three years of his Masters degree in Art History from the University of Chicago, he became the art critic for The Nation (1961-68), the New York correspondent for the magazine Art International (1961-64), and later moved from Associate to Contributing to Executive Editor at Artforum (1963-1976), a magazine founded in 1962 with the express intent to move US art criticism into an intellectually rigorous form.

Kozloff’s 40-plus years of observation, consideration, and pursuit of wily meanings will be celebrated by well-known authorities speaking to some of his major concerns. Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, will address his concentration on street photography; the author and scholar Phillip Lopate will discuss Kozloff’s observations on portraiture; the celebrated photographer Duane Michals will speak on Kozloff the photographer; Robert Storr, well-known curator, critic and current Dean of the Yale School of Art, will position Kozloff’s contributions to the field of art and photography criticism. Lyle Rexer, writer and critic, will serve as moderator for the symposium.

An opening reception honoring his portrait photography titled “The Music of Faces” will follow from 5:30 until 7:30, hosted by the Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 West 26th Street, Second Floor. The work will be on view until November 24th.

Conceived by Richard Leslie and produced by Michelle Leftheris, the event is sponsored by the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in partial celebration of the 25th-plus anniversary of the MFA program in Photography, Video and Related Media. Support for this event generously provided by Jeff Nesin of the Provost’s Office.

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