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); Devotion: today's future becomes tomorrow archive (PUBLIC books, 2022); and Feint of Heart: Art Writings 1982-2002 by Dave Hickey (David Zwirner Books, 2024). 

Earnest 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 Florida, 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). In the spring of 2024 he co-taught the seminar "Fame is the Mask that Eats the Face" with Alissa Bennett and Matthew Leifheit at the Yale School of Art's graduate photography department.

Earnest 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.