M.A. Art History
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, 1986

B.A. Art History & Philosophy
Scripps College, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983  


Corresponding Editor, Art in America, 1997-present

Art Writer/Critic, Los Angeles Times, 1987-present

Correspondent, ARTnews, 1986-1997

Curator, “Camera as Weapon: Worker Photography Between the Wars,” 1991. Traveling exhibition and catalogue organized for the Museum of Photographic Arts, supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Books and Catalogues

Alison Rossiter: Expired Paper, Santa Fe: Radius, 2017
  Shortlisted for PhotoBook of the Year, 2017 Paris Photo--Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards

Michal Chelbin: Strangely Familiar, New York: Aperture, 2008

The Photography of John Brill, New York: Kent, 2002

William Kentridge: Weighing...and Wanting, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2001

Camera as Weapon: Worker Photography Between the Wars, Museum of Photographic Arts, 1991


Essays (selected)

"I Was Dreambox," Paris Review Daily, 1 June 2015

"Questions This Clay Asks," Scripps College 71st Ceramic Annual, 2015

"Nine Exposures Toward a Portrait of F. Scott Hess," F. Scott Hess, Grand Central and Gingko Press, 2014

Voynich Botanical Studies, Andersen's Contemporary, Copenhagen, 2013

Jacob Hashimoto, Armada, Studio La Citta, Verona, Italy, 2011

“Playing For Real,” Making Fun: 2011 Scripps College 67th Ceramic Annual, Ruth

Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College, 2011

“Doing Things the Slow Way,” This I, 2011

"Suspended in the Great Expanse of the Present," Washington's Profile: Drawings by David Bailin, Washington Pavilion of the Arts and Science, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2008

"Busy Hands, Busy Mind," Victoria Gitman, Las Vegas Art Museum, 2008

“Einar & Jamex de la Torre,”  Strange New World: Art and Design From Tijuana, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 2006

“Nothing Stands Apart,”  Anne Mudge: Persistent Gestures, San Diego State University, 2006

"About Loss, Innocence, Carroll, McGraw and the Earthly Paradise," DeLoss McGraw: As a Poem, So Is a Picture, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 1997


Magazine Articles (selected)

"In the Studio: Allen Ruppersberg," Art in America, March 2018

"Rematerializing Photography," Art in America, June/July 2017

"Unbinding the System" (Samuel Levi Jones), Art in America, April 2015

"In Studio: Ricky Swallow," Art in America, May 2014

"The Happy Medium" (Clay in L.A.), Art in America, December 2012

"Romantic Realist" (Robert Adams), Art in America, March 2012

“Everything Moves, All the Time” (SITE Santa Fe report), Art in America, October 2010

“The World According to Kuitca,” Art in America, December 2009

“Sight Unseen,” Art on Paper, November/December 2009

“Critical Consumption,” Art on Paper, January/February 2009

“The Geometry of Light” (Robert Irwin), Art in America, April 2008

“The Industrious Line” (Ruth Asawa), Art in America, May 2007

 “Inventing Tijuana,” Art in America, December 2006

 “Farber on Farber,” Art in America, October 2004

 “Past Perfect Photos,” Art in America, January 2003

“About Face” (Tony Scherman), Art in America, November 2002

“From Revolution to Reverie,” Art in America, October 2001

“Relics of the Material Age” (David Bunn), Art in America, November 2000

"William Kentridge: Ghosts and Erasures," Art in America, January 1999 (cover)

"Judit Hersko: Projected Identities," Sculpture, September 1998

"Liza Lou's American Dream,"  Art in America, June 1998

Additional articles published in American Craft, ZOOM, ARTnews, See, History of Photography, High Performance


Exhibition Reviews

Over 700 reviews and features for the Los Angeles Times

Over 75 reviews for Art in America

Additional reviews published in Photograph, Craft, Art on Paper, Ceramics, ARTnews, Art Nexus, Afterimage, High Performance

Residencies and Honors

 Ucross Foundation Residency, 2013

Hambidge Fellow, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Reva and David Logan Grant in Support of New Writing on Photography, 1986

Lectures (selected)

University of Texas at Austin

Grey Art Gallery, New York University

Spencer Art Museum, Lawrence, Kansas

Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Claremont Graduate University