Gregory Volk

Associate Professor

Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic, freelance curator, and associate professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media and the Department of Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University. He writes regularly for Art in America, where is he a contributing editor, and for Hyperallergic. His articles and reviews have also appeared in many other publications including Parkett and Sculpture. Among his contributions to exhibition catalogues are essays on Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006) Joan Jonas (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007), Ayse Erkmen (Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2011), and Hildur Ásgeirsdóttir Jónsson (Tang Teaching Museum/Reykjavik Art Museum, 2014). His essay on Vito Acconci is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969-1973, published by Charta in 2007, and his essay on the early, seldom seen sculptures and installations of renowned painter Fred Tomaselli was published by the Begovich Gallery at Cal State Fullerton in 2015. Among his recent contributions to Art in America are extended reviews of the 2017 Venice Biennale, the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, and d(OCUMENTA) 13. As an art writer he is especially interested in a broadly international outlook, which greatly informs his ongoing research. Gregory Volk has curated numerous exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, including Three Parts Whole at i8 Gallery in Reykjavik, Iceland (2011) Elemental at Havremagasinet in Boden, Sweden (2013), an exhibition that featured select Icelandic artists and prominent international artists who are deeply engaged with Iceland, and The Transportation Business at Jane Lombard Gallery in New York (2015), featuring diverse works by 16 international artists and 1 poet. According to Volk’s essay/press release, The Transportation Business concerned “multiple kinds of transportation, which should be understood eclectically, as physical but also visual, intellectual, psychological, and emotional voyaging.” His most recent exhibition was Flair at Fridman Gallery in New York (2017), which involved works by 5 prominent international artists from Cameroon, Germany, Israel, Iceland, and Turkey, Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate University and his M.A. from Columbia University. He is also a frequent guest lecturer/visiting critic in the U.S. and abroad, including participating (together with artist, curator and critic Michelle Grabner) in the University of Texas at Austin’s 2014 Viewpoint Series.

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