Rhea Anastas


Rhea Anastas and Leigh Ledare. Double Bind. New York, NY: A.R.T. Press, 2015. Book-length Dialogue by Rhea Anastas and Leigh Ledare; Introduction, Anastas; Preface, Ledare; Photography by Ledare.

Allan McCollum, JRP Ringier, 2012. Editor; Author of a new essay, “In Every Act of Approaching a Painting.” 

Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne, Editor, with Michael Brenson, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, 2006, distributed by D.A.P. Editor; Author of the introduction to the anthology.

Dan Graham: Works 1965-2000, Co-editor of the book, with Marianne Brouwer, Richter Verlag, 2001. French edition 2001; German edition 2002. Editor, Author of Chronology of Works and Writings, 1965-2000.

Selected publications in-progress

Being the Opposite: Dialogues and Other Writing from Orchard
Edited by Rhea Anastas and Nicolàs Guagnini
Forthcoming self-theory of Orchard, the experimental Lower East Side New York gallery Orchard that operated from 2005-2008, co-founded by Anastas, Andrea Fraser, R. H. Quaytman, Nicolás Guagnini, and eight other artists and writers.

Recent essays

“Language is the social dress.” In Josephine Pryde, The Enjoyment of Photography. Zurich: JRP Ringier and Kunsthalle Bern, 2015.

“Models of the Feminist Everyday.” In untitled monograph on the complete work of Jennifer Bornstein. Berlin: Berliner Künstlerprogram der DAAD, 2015.

Selected recent panels

“Histories and Economies of Contemporary Art,” Society of Contemporary Art Historians, College Art Association, February 11, 2015. Panelists Anastas, Howard Singerman, Katy Siegel, Nato Thompson.

“Out of Alternatives,” presented by Common Practice New York and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College at Artists Space Books and Talks, New York, May 18, 2014. Participants include Rhea Anastas, Katherine Brewer Ball, David Joselit, Ralph Lemon, Stephen Levin, Park MacArthur, Nadja Millner-Larsen, and Andrea Fraser and Lise Soskolne for Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), with additional presentations and support from CCS Bard students Sabrina Blaichman, Neringa Cerniauskaite, Andrew Kachel, Clara Lopez, Cloé Perrone, and Carla Acevedo-Yates.

Panel organizer and presenter, “Acts of Politics and Becoming”: Rhea Anastas, Huey Copeland, Malik Gaines, and Fred Moten. The Hammer Museum of the University of California Los Angeles, May 13, 2014. Panel in conjunction the with the exhibition, “Take It Or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology,” Hammer Museum, February 9 – May 18, 2014.

“Mike Kelley and Class”: Rhea Anastas, Thomas Crow, John Miller, MoMA PS1, February 2, 2014. 

Selected publications since 2010

“The Artist Is a Currency,” Rhea Anastas, Gregg Bordowitz, Andrea Fraser, Jutta Koether, Glenn Ligon. In Reading/Feeling, eds. Tanja Baudoin, Frédérique Bergholtz and Vivian Ziherl. Amsterdam: If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution, 2013. Reprint of 2006 roundtable for Grey Room no. 24 and Documenta 12.

“Scene of Production.” Artforum Vol. 52 no. 3 (November 2013): pp. 235-236, 310.

“Of the Numbers Shows Being Made,” Review of Cornelia Butler and other authors, From Conceptualism to Feminism: Lucy Lippard’s Numbers Shows, 1969-74,” Exhibition Histories, Afterall Books 2012, Texte zur Kunst 87 (September 2012): pp. 170-175.

“A Nude Poses in the Whitney Museum Holding a Cigarette,” Parkett no. 90 (2012): pp. 101-107 (108-115 German).

“Individual and Unreal: Agnes Martin’s Writings in 1973,” in Agnes Martin, eds. Lynne Cooke, Karen Kelly and Barbara Schröder. New Haven: Yale University Press and the Dia Art Foundation, New York, 2011, pp. 132-152.

“American Fine Arts Laboratory of Exhibition and Idea: A Close-to-Your-Chest Goof,” Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 49: 3-4, issue themed “Bohemians,” (Fall 2010): pp. 60-63.

Selected curatorial projects

“New Cuts, K8 Hardy,” January 10-March 20, 2015, University Art Galleries, Clare Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine.

Art in Embassies Exhibition, Curator, with Barbara Piwowarska, U.S. Embassy Residence, Warsaw, Poland (for Ambassador Lee A. Feinstein), October 2010 through 2011. Artists exhibited: Jo Baer, Melvin Edwards, Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard, Jadwiga Maziarska, Lorraine O’Grady, Włodzimierz Pawlak, R. H. Quaytman, Allan Sekula, Jack Whitten, Petra Wunderlich.

Orchard, 2005-2008, Co-founder, organizer of various exhibitions and programs. Orchard was an experimental gallery founded by Anastas, Andrea Fraser, Nicolàs Guagnini, R. H. Quaytman, Jeff Preiss and seven others on New York’s Lower East Side that operated between May 2005 and May 2008. With over twenty-seven exhibitions and dozens of performances, screenings, lectures, and other events, the gallery tested a model of critical art and an ethics of receiving and producing in the politically complicated moment of the second Bush term, the ongoing Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the booming global art market. http://www.orchard47.org/
-About Orchard: Orchard Dossier, various authors, ed. Branden W. Joseph, Grey Room no. 35 (Spring 2009): pp. 90-127.

Visiting scholar/fellow

Fall 2011/12, Nominated and Awarded Otis Visiting Fine Arts Critic in Residence Fellowship, Fine Arts Department, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA. Senior Critic and lead scholar for the Fine Arts Critic in Residence undergraduate course. Lecture: “Four Kinds of Pragmatism,” Santa Monica Broad Theater, Santa Monica, CA.

Fall 2012, Invited Senior Critic and lead scholar in graduate seminar, “Orchard,” a course centered on the experimental artist-run gallery taught by Noah Simblist, Associate Professor of Art, Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, Dallas, TX (September 23-29).

Associate Professor
PhD, Graduate Center, The City University of New York
MA, Columbia University
BA, Columbia University
20th Century Experimentalism in the Visual Arts, Critical Theory, Cultural Theory