Brian Karl is a recipient of Southern Exposure's 2016 Writing Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes the role that art writing plays in a dynamic art community, and supports writers who are dedicated to provocative subjects, thoughtful and clear writing, and to expanding the forms that art writing may take when in dialogue with artists’ processes.
Over the term of his fellowship, Karl will conduct research through encounters with Southern Exposure’s visitors, staff, curators, artists, artworks, and exhibitions. He will receive a $1,000 honorarium and workspace at Southern Exposure. His efforts will culminate in texts and/or public programs whose forms will be determined by the direction and subjects his research takes.
Brian Karl is a writer, curator, and educator. Over the course of many years of writing and curatorial practice – in SFMOMA’s Open Space blog, Art Practical, Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, and elsewhere – he has ranged broadly over the cultural landscape of the Bay Area. Karl received a BA in English Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles; a MA in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University; and a PhD from Columbia University.