What We're Reading: When an Artist Stops a Critical Essay

By David Schonauer   Wednesday June 13, 2018

In 2016, Steven Nelson, director of the African Studies Center and Professor of African and African American Art History at UCLA, was commissioned by Aperture to write an essay about the work of fine-art photographer Deana Lawson, best known for her portrayals of family, intimacy and black aesthetics. The essay was rejected, by Aperture and later by Frieze magazine. At Hyperallergic, Nelson finally publishes the essay — and explains that it was initially rejected because of Lawson’s “dissatisfaction with my contextualization of her work and the acquiescence of editors to her wish not to see this article published.”

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