“A Critic’s Notebook” by Renowned International Art Critic Edward Gomez

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The National Gallery of Jamaica is pleased to announce that the New York-based, internationally known art critic and curator Edward M. Gómez will present “A Critic’s Notebook,” a talk about trends in contemporary art and some of the artists who are the subjects of his current research.

The talk will take place on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, at the National Gallery of Jamaica, at 12 Ocean Boulevard, Block C, in downtown Kingston. Mr. Gómez’s presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the general public. Artists, art students, art collectors, and art lovers are especially welcome to attend.

Edward M. Gómez is an arts journalist, critic, author, and curator. A senior critical writer for the arts-and-culture magazine Hyperallergic, he is also the senior editor of the outsider-art magazine Raw Vision, and a specialist in Japanese modern art and in the work of self-taught artists. Mr. Gómez, who began his career as a cultural-affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston before going on to work as a writer and correspondent for TIME Magazine in the U.S., France, and Japan, and to serve as the editor of and a contributor to many publications, has long enjoyed a close connection to Jamaica’s vibrant arts community.

He has written about various aspects of Jamaican art history, including the work of the Jamaican Intuitives, and he is the founder of the Dawn Scott Memorial Award, which was previously given to notable artists participating in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s biennial exhibitions (the award is now associated with the museum’s Summer Exhibition). He is the author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues in the art and design fields.

In his talk, Mr. Gómez will describe certain postmodernist critical ideas that are still prevalent in the international art world today, as well as share information about his recent research and curating activities, which have focused on a diverse range of both trained and self-taught artists from different parts of the world, including Japan.

In his remarks, he will cite some of the works from the National Gallery of Jamaica’s 2019 Summer Exhibition, which will open to the public on Sunday, July 28.


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