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Ben Davis

Ben Davis has been artnet News's National Art Critic since 2016. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, and was an editor of The Elements of Architecture, which began as the catalogue to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennial. Recent essays have appeared in the books Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good and The Future of Public Space. His writings have been featured in The New York TimesNew York Magazine, SlateAdbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, The Village Voice, and many other venues. In 2019, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States, and the only one to write for an online publication.

Books

  • Making Art in Terrible Times

    Essential essays on art in our current era from one of the most important art critics writing today.

  • 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

    Ben Davis draws the curtain back on the contemporary art world to assail its commodified roots.