Re’al Christian is a writer, editor, and art historian based in Queens, NY. She is a contributing editor at ART PAPERS, and the Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. Her writing has appeared in Art in America, Art in Print, BOMB Magazine, and the Brooklyn Rail. She has written catalogue and exhibition texts for CUE Art Foundation, DC Moore, the Hunter College Art Galleries, Performa, and Sikkema Jenkins & Co. She is an MA candidate in Art History at Hunter College and holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History and Media, Culture, & Communication from New York University.
Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957By Re'al Christian
This photobook reproduces more than 50 of approximately 300 photographs Parks took during his Life magazine assignment, revealing both the humanity of those who have been convicted of crimes and how race and class determine the extent to which criminals are prosecuted.
Ming Smith: An Aperture MonographBy Re'al Christian
With a signature blurriness, Smiths subjects are often difficult to make out or identify, effectively denying the gaze. In doing so, her photographs act as sites of complicated indexicality, in which Black individuals are able to escape the confines of their own visibility.
dispersed holdings’s Speed of ResinBy Re'al Christian
For their recent publication, Speed of Resin, the artist-run space dispersed holdings engaged with the idea of truncated time while documenting their final days of programming in Eva Hesses former Bowery apartment before being forced to find a new location.