1 January 2023 — Tacopa, CA
Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (David Zwirner Books, 2018) and Valid Until Sunset (MATTE Editions, 2023). He edited and wrote the introductions to Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988-2017 by Peter Schjeldahl (Abrams, 2019); The Young and Evil: Queer Modernism in New York, 1930-1955 (David Zwirner 2020); Painting is a Supreme Fiction: Writings by Jesse Murry, 1980-1993 (Soberscove Press, 2021); and Devotion: today's future becomes tomorrow archive (PUBLIC books, 2022).
Earnest also curated the exhibitions "Closer as Love: Polaroids 1993-2007: Breyer P-Orridge" at Nina Johnson, Miami (2019), "The Young and Evil" (2019) and "Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP" (2021) at David Zwirner, New York, and "The Formless Body" (2022) at Olga Korper, Toronto. With Lisa Yuskavage he co-curated "Jesse Murry: Rising" (2021-2023) (David Zwirner, New York; traveling to Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florid, Tampa; and Cooley Gallery at Reed College, Portland), and alongside Jack Shear and Arlene Shechet, he co-curated "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes of the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" at The Drawing Center, New York (2022).
He was faculty liaison at the free experimental art school BHQFU (2014-2017) running the MFU:NYC (Fall 2016) and MFU: MIAMI (Spring 2017). Earnest was Critic-in-Residence at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (spring 2016; fall 2017; spring 2020) and the Kennedy Family Artist and Scholar in residence at the University of South Florida (fall 2022; fall 2023).
He has been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Fall 2014) and the Key West Literary Seminar (Summer 2017) residencies, a Director's Guest at Civitella Ranieri (Fall 2019), and was the inaugural critic-in-residence at the Fire Island Artist Residency (Summer 2022).
In 2012-13 he ran the collaborative exhibition space 1:1 (pronounced "one to one") with artists Leigha Mason, Alex Sloane and Whitney Vangrin at 121 Essex Street, NYC.
In 2021 Jarrett Earnest was awarded a Dorothea and Leo Rabkin prize for visual arts journalism.