Linda Yablonsky

Linda Yablonsky (2018)has been writing about art and artists for nearly thirty years. Her reviews and feature stories have appeared in print and online in The New York Times and in T: The New York Times Style Magazine, as well as in Artforum, ArtNews, W, Wallpaper, Elle, Porter, The Art Newspaper and many other publications. From 2004 to 2009 she was senior art critic in the U.S. for Bloomberg News.

Online, Linda is internationally known for her art world coverage in Artforum’s “Scene and Herd” diary, as well as in her own column, “Artifacts,” for T. She is also the author of “The Story of Junk: A Novel” (FSG, 1997) and of numerous essays in exhibition catalogues for such artists as Anish Kapoor, Mark Morrisroe, Richard Phillips, Marilyn Minter, Pipilotti Rist, Keith Sonnier and, most recently, Elmgreen & Dragset.

Throughout the 1990s, Linda directed and hosted NightLight Readings and NightLight for Kids!, an innovative writers-in-performance and illustrated storytelling series that introduced more than two hundred authors to a broad audience in New York, where she lives, and a number of classics to children from all five boroughs of the city. In 2004, Linda became a founding producer and host of spoken-word programs for WPS1, a streaming arts radio channel for MoMA PS1. From 2001 to 2010, she was a member of the undergraduate faculty of the School of Visual Arts.

Currently, she contributes a monthly column (“Linda on the Loose”) to The Art Newspaper and is at work on the first book to take full account of the dramatic life and career of the artist Jeff Koons. Central to the story is an examination of what forces and conditions combined to make this polarizing artist a primary reference point in cultures around the globe. The book, based on personal information from the artist and close to 200 interviews with significant figures in contemporary art, is forthcoming from Henry Holt & Co.