Jarrett Earnest is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with Art Critics (David Zwirner Books, 2018); editor of 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); curator of "Closer as Love: Polaroids 1993-2007: Breyer P-Orridge" at Nina Johnson, Miami (2019) as well as "The Young and Evil" (2019), "Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP" (2021), and "Jesse Murry: Rising" (with Lisa Yuskavage) (2021) (all at David Zwirner, New York) as well as "Ways of Seeing: Three Takes of the Jack Shear Drawing Collection" (The Drawing Center, New York 2022) and "The Formless Body" (Olga Korper, Toronto 2022). Earnest is also the creator and host of the "RE: a series of from the National Academy of Design" in 2021.. 

He was faculty liaison at the free experimental art school BHQFU (2014-2017) running the MFU:NYC (Fall 2016) and MFU: MIAMI (Spring 2017) seminar and fellowship, and teaching: "Radical Pedagogy Working Group" (Spring 2016); "Emotional Formalism" (Fall 2015); "Color Feelings" (with Nathlie Provosty, Spring 2015); "Object Relations" (Fall 2014) and "Object Lessons" (Spring 2014). 

His criticism and long-form interviews have appeared in New York Review of Books, The Brooklyn Rail, Vulture, The Village VoiceLos Angeles Review of BooksArt in AmericaArt Practical  Riot of Perfume,SFAQ, The Miami Rail, Cultured, Elephant, New York Magazine, diSONARE and many exhibition catalogs, monographs and other publications. 

He co-edited the books TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD: Artist Interviews from the Brooklyn Rail (with Lucas Zwirner; David Zwirner Books, 2017) and FOR BILL, ANYTHING: Words and Images for Bill Berkson (with Isabelle Sorrell; Pressed Wafer, 2015), and has guest edited issues of the Brooklyn Rail (February 2015) the Miami Rail (Fall and Summer 2017, Summer 2016, and Fall 2014) and Riot of Perfume (Summer 2018). 

He has lectured widely on contemporary art as a visiting critic at Yale, MassArt, RISD, Boston University, Cornell, Concordia, SVA, SFAI, and CCA among others. In Spring 2021, Fall 2017 and Spring 2016 he was Critic-in-Residence at the LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. 

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, and curated the pop-up NITE TIDE  I & II (Summer 2014) at Nina Johnson (formerly Gallery Diet) in Miami, Fl. 

He has been a fellow at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Fall 2014) the Key West Literary Seminar (Summer 2017) residencies and a Director's Guest at Civitella Ranieri (Fall 2019). 

In 2021 Earnest was awarded a Dorothea and Leo Rabkin prize for visual arts journalism.