Kyle Bentley

Kyle Bentley - Editor

New York, NY, USA

Editor with two decades of experience in books and magazines. Known for distilling complex ideas into clear, compelling prose.

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I'm a professional editor with a background in art and academic publishing. I have extensive experience in all aspects of the editorial process, including commissioning, developmental editing, copyediting, proofreading, and writing. I've worked with countless writers over the years--ranging from students just starting out to renowned scholars like Hal Foster--and have edited and coedited award-winning books, such as the Museum of Modern Art's Gauguin: Metamorphoses, which won a prestigious PROSE Award, and Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art, which won an Association of Art Museum Curators Award for Excellence. While much of my editing has been art-related, I'm well equipped to take on projects concerning all sorts of subjects, spanning culture, history, politics, and more.

I began my career at Artforum magazine, where I moved up the ranks from editorial assistant to associate editor. In that last position, I oversaw all exhibition coverage in the United States and traveled the world writing on fairs and exhibitions. I left the magazine in 2009 to embark on a freelance career, working mostly on books, though also editing hundreds of feature articles and reviews for Art in America magazine. In 2015, I took a staff position as associate editor at Art in America, where I worked for the next five years before returning full-time to my freelance career.

With my background editing art writing--which, notoriously, can tend toward jargon and inscrutability--I'm especially skilled at helping writers say what they mean in ways that readers can connect with and understand. I'm known for my sharp eye and my ability to make prose shine.
English (UK)
English (US)
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Work experience

Associate Editor

Art in America
January, 2015 – July, 2020 (over 5 years)

Assigned and edited feature articles and the entire review section each month, managing a team of 40+ writers located around the world. Proofread print and web content, created headlines, wrote exhibition reviews and a daily newsletter.

Freelance Editor

May, 2009 – Present (over 13 years)

Edit books, sales and marketing collateral, and digital products for a range of clients, including leading art institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1, and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

Associate Editor, US Reviews

May, 2008 – May, 2009 (about 1 year)

Produced the largest national reviews section the magazine had ever had. Provided on-the-ground reporting on exhibitions and art fairs in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Assistant Editor, Writer

September, 2005 – May, 2008 (over 2 years)

Edited articles and reviewed exhibitions for the magazine. Expanded coverage and helped generate three new sections on the website.

Editorial Assistant

September, 2004 – August, 2005 (11 months)

Commissioned, fact-checked, and edited the US portion of the museum previews section of the magazine. Reviewed exhibitions for the website.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971

Ono, Yoko, Bryan-Wilson, Julia, Hendricks, Jon, Phillpot, Clive, Platzker, David, Wilmott, Francesca, Yoshimoto, Midori, Biesenbach, Klaus, Cherix, Christophe

Object:Photo. Modern Photographs: The Thomas Walther Collection 1909-1949

Bajac, Quentin, Coddington, Jim, McCabe, Constance, Abbaspour, Mitra, Daffner, Lee, Hambourg, Maria

Simone Forti: Thinking with the Body

Simone Forti, Sabine Breitwieser, Nick Somers

Gauguin: Metamorphoses (Museum of Modern Art, New York Exhibition Catalogues)

Childs, Elizabeth, Foster, Hal, Johnson, Lotte, Figura, Starr, Gauguin, Paul

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist

El-Salahi, Ibrahim, Hassan, Salah M.

Sanja Ivekovic: Sweet Violence

Marcoci, Roxana, Eagleton, Terry, Ivekovic, Sanja

What is a Print?

Suzuki, Sarah

Frederick Wiseman

Andrew Delbanco, William T. Vollman, Joshua Siegel, Marie-Christine de Navacelle, Marie-Christine de Navacelle, Frederick Wiseman

Modern Women: Women Artists at The Museum of Modern Art

Butler, Connie, Schwartz, Alexandra, Butler, Connie, Pollock, Griselda, D'Souza, Aruna

William Kentridge: Trace. Prints from The Museum of Modern Art

Hecker, Judith, Kentridge, William, Kentridge, William

Robert Bergman: Selected Portraits

Strauss, David, Bergman, Robert, Bui, Phong, Lowry, Glenn

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