Art writer, curator, fashion figure and man about town, Antwaun Sargent discusses the May/June 2021 issue of Art in America which focuses on New Talent. In the 1950s and 60s, Art in America ran a series of regular features and issues that sought to identify up-and-coming artists whose work would be lasting and meaningful for the future. Instead of approaching the idea of New Talent as a singular benchmark, Sargent talks about how he took the approach of assembling a group of artists and writers who could better show the multiplicity of what New Talent means. Sargent argues against the idea of equating the idea of New Talent with youth. Instead, this issue features artists ranging from painters Deborah Roberts and Amy Sherald to photographers Tyler Mitchell and Clifford Prince King and artists working in different media like Precious Okoyomon or Allana Clarke or Qualeasha Wood. Above all, the issue brings new voices into the conversation about art. “We talk about audiences all the time,” Sargent says, “but we’re still allowing all of that to be defined by a very limited number of folks. This magazine is an opportunity to push back against some of those notions—about what a critic can be, about what an art writer can be.”
“There’s a real potential in art making to have someone reassess everything that they had thought about a history.”Curator, critic and writer, Antwaun Sargent engages Helga in a discussion around the motivations behind his work as a curator and the circuitous path that led him to a life in and around art. Antwaun Sargent is writer, editor and curator living in New York City. Sargent is the author of “The New BlackVanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” (Aperture) and the editor of “Young, Gifted andBlack: A New Generation of Artists” (DAP). Recently, he was hired as a director at Gagosian Gallery. The Coda includes a reading from "Notes On Social Works" by Antwaun Sargent.”
Redefining the rules of art curation. With Antwaun Sargent.
The Accutron Show
Writer, editor and curator, Antwaun Sargent, joins our hosts for this episode of The Accutron Show. Together they discuss the fabric of his role as Director of the iconic Gagosian Gallery and redefining the rules of art curation today. For most of his career, Antwaun has written about and curated exhibitions devoted to Black artists. His 2019 book titled, The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion, which examined growing Black representation in fashion photography, was met with acclaim. Tune in to learn more.Episode Highlights:7:30 I am always after works that have certain originality, tension, and uniqueness. You have to examine each artist and artwork within the context that's being produced. 19:40 At the moment we are featuring an installation of Theaster Gates, steward of the Frankie Knuckles record collection who is engaging with the late DJ and musician’s archive of records, playing and digitizing them live at the gallery.47:09 The book and exhibition The New Black Vanguard explores a group of Black photographers around the world that created a community centered around their work, publishing it only on Instagram and not in museums or galleries. Learn more about the Accutron watch here, and follow @AccutronWatch:InstagramTwitterFacebook Subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify to hear new episodes as soon as they're released.Follow our hosts on social media:Bill McCuddy: Facebook / TwitterDavid Graver: Instagram / TwitterAntwaun Sargent: Instagram / Facebook / Twitter
Writer and curator Antwaun Sargent on the multi-sensory exhibit Gucci Garden Archetypes.
To celebrate the Gucci Garden Archetypes exhibition, Antwaun Sargent, a New York-based writer and curator recites ‘To Make A Picture’—an essay he wrote for the catalogue of the exhibition—and offers a brief commentary on the history, content and progression of the House’s advertising campaigns under the creative manifesto of Alessandro Michele. The exhibition itself is a multi-sensory space journeying through time as well as out of it, exploring the diverse inspirations and archetypes that range from art and music to modern metropolises and utopian worlds. The exhibition is held permanently at the Gucci Garden in Florence and temporarily in many cities around the world including Hong Kong and Shanghai. Experience the virtual tour here: https://bit.ly/375Xxgq
Amanpour: David Sanger, Ellie Geranmayeh, Antwaun Sargent, Hakeem Oluseyi and David Lan
New York Times Correspondent David Sanger and European Council on Foreign Relations Deputy Fellow Ellie Geranmayeh join Christiane Amanpour to discuss the implications of Iran's new president-elect Ebrahim Raisi and his hardline politics. Art curator Antwaun Sargent talks about "Social Works," his first exhibition for the Gagosian gallery in New York. Renowned astrophysicist Hakeem Oluseyi speaks to our Hari Sreenivasan about how he overcame the odds and escaped a life of crime, which he details in his new memoir, "A Quantum Life: My Unlikely Journey from the Street to the Stars." And finally, In "The Walk," a massive new theater piece spanning eight countries and 5,000 miles, a giant puppet of a refugee girl named Amal travels all across Europe. Writer and Producer David Lan explains the heroic journey of Little Amal. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/privacy
Follow Antwaun Sargent on Instagram at @sirsargent, and on Twitter at @sirsargent.Follow host Daria Simone Harper for show updates and more at @harpisbazaar!This conversation was recorded on March 08th, 2021.
This week we're joined by the art writer, critic, and curator Antwaun Sargent to discuss his new Gagosian directorship, the state of art criticism, KAWS, photo Twitter, the legacy of The New Black Vanguard and the impact it has had on the art and fashion worlds, and expensive skincare routines.Buy a Corporate Lunch dad hat here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
With the art world in flux, writer and critic Antwaun Sargent (The New Yorker, NY Times) joins us this weeks. We discuss the turbulence inside museums across the country (3:20), the potential (creative) silver-lining of this pandemic (7:44), the impetus for his new book, Young, Gifted and Black (11:00), and how Instagram (sort of) democratized photography (17:30). Plus, Antwaun unpacks our culture’s recurring fetishization of firsts with black excellence (23:04), and why the the art world is in desperate need of reshuffling (28:56). Before we go, a virtual exhibit of selected pieces from YGB. Follow along at talkeasypod.com/antwaun Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Antwaun Sargent on Dismantling Traditional Relationships With Art and the Widening of Possibility
Art Is A Verb
Author, editor and critic Antwaun Sargent examines contemporary art with a proficient visual critique that has established his writing as an essential addition to a variety of publications on art. Antwaun’s curatorial focus is photography and in particular emerging and under-recognized photographers of color, whom he profiled exclusively in his first book. His upcoming exhibition, titled Just Pictures, will be released with Barrett Barrera Projects in September 2020. In this episode Antwaun discusses contextualizing photography as fine art, the converging of art with other social and creative platforms, and the inevitability of change.Show Notesprojects+galleryVision and Justice IssueThe New Black VanguardYoung Gifted and BlackBlack Beauty: Photography Between Art and Fashion
Zombie Figuration Isn't a Thing: A Critical Autopsy with Antwaun Sargent
In this episode of Explain Me, critic and curator Antwaun Sargent joins us to discuss the effects of the pandemic and Alex Greenberger's Zombie Figuration, a confusing essay that appeared earlier this month in ARTnews. In the first half hour we discuss the disparate effects of the pandemic and general politics. Then we move on to art, zombies, race, and why art has limits. BIOGRAPHY Antwaun Sargent is an art critic and a writer who has contributed to The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vice and more, as well as essays to multiple museum publications. His first book, “The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion” (Aperture) is out now. In April he announced a new partnership with Gagosian that will include working on four exhibitions and contributing features to their magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram. LISTENER ADVISORY: In this episode, Paddy Johnson occasionally repeats Antwaun Sargent's words when his audio cuts out. This leads to periodic moments when Johnson and Sargent speak at the same time. LINKS First There Was Zombie Formalism, Now There is Zombie Figuration Met Apologies to Glenn Ligon Noah Davis Barkley Hendricks Kehinde Wiley Cinga Samson Peter Saul Alice Neal Jordan Casteel Jordan Casteel at the New Museum EARLY WHITNEY BIENNIAL REVIEWS Paddy Johnson Andrew Russeth Linda Yablonsky Find us on Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts