There is nothing more satisfying, more illuminating, than a really brilliant essay or article on art. But ekphrastic writing sometimes has difficulty finding an audience, and often remains untranslated. Join us as we discuss the intricacies of art writing with the brilliant Lucas Zwirner, and take a spin through the new ekphrasis series from David Zwirner Books.
Lucas Zwirner, editorial director at David Zwirner Books, recently began the ekphrasis series, dedicated to publishing short texts on visual culture by artists and writers, rarely available in English. He has also written on numerous contemporary artists and translated books from German and French. He joins us at Golden Hare Books to discuss art, writing, translation, and much more.
Lucas Zwirner oversees the creation of exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, monographs, and zines at David Zwirner Books. This season, the publishing house will launch a new paperback series, ekphrasis, organized by Zwirner. As a child, his time spent racing remote control cars with Jason Rhoades, and following around Raymond Pettibon with a pen and paper, became research for the books he would later publish on these artists. Zwirner studied philosophy and comparative literature at Yale before teaching at the Success Academy in Harlem, and he continues to work with young students through a literary program developed by David Zwirner Books with 826NYC.