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, June 2019) and curator of "The Young and Evil" at David Zwirner, NY (February 21 - April 13, 2019); "Closer as Love: Polaroids 1993-2007: Breyer P-Orridge" at Nina Johnson, Miami (October 3 -. November 23, 2019); and "Ray Johnson: WHAT A DUMP" at David Zwirner, NY (April 8 - May 22, 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 the The Brooklyn Rail, Vulture, The Village Voice, Los Angeles Review of Books, Art in America, Art Practical Riot of Perfume,SFAQ, The Miami Rail, Cultured, Elephant, New York Magazine, diSONARE and many exhibition catalogs 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, 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 exhibitions 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).