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John Ewing

John Ewing - Editor

New York, NY, United States

Editor and writer with 20 years' experience in the arts, nonprofit, and business sectors - I'm thorough, fast, and dependable.

Overview

I'm a freelance editor and writer serving clients in the arts, nonprofit, and business sectors since 2003. My work runs the gamut, from copyediting books, exhibition catalogues, and wall texts, to writing and editing newsletters and annual reports, to drafting press releases and fundraising collateral. I’ve worked directly with museums and organizations on short- and long-term projects. As an arts writer for 20 years, I've published over 100 reviews and articles in regional, national, and international publications. Additionally, I’m a devotee of children’s literature and founded a small ebook "press," QueensBooks.NYC, to celebrate diversity in New York City and cultures around the world.

Services
Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Architecture Art Children's Books (Non-Fiction) LGBTQ (non fiction) Nature Philosophy Psychology Religion & Spirituality Social & Behavioral Sciences
Fiction
Children's Picture Books

Awards

  • Finalist - 2009 Arts Writers Grant Program (Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation)

Work experience

Writer / Editor

Whitney Museum of American Art
September, 2011 – September, 2015 (about 4 years)

Whitney of the Future Campaign - biannual patron newsletter in advance of new museum opening.

Writer / Editor

New York Restoration Project
September, 2004 – September, 2015 (about 11 years)

Good Dirt - biannual patron newsletter.

Founder / Principal

Self-employed
September, 2003 – Present (about 14 years)

Copy Editor

Art Lies
September, 2003 – September, 2011 (about 8 years)

Copy editor for international art quarterly based in Houston, TX. Copyedited 30 editions of the print journal.

Line / Copy Editor

Freedom House
January, 2003 – Present (over 14 years)

Nations in Transit - annual survey of democracy developments in Eastern Europe and Eurasia published by top policy think tank.

Portfolio (14 selected works)

Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form since 1968 (MIT Press)

James Voorhies

In 1968, Robert Smithson reacted to Michael Fried's influential essay "Art and Objecthood" with a series of works called non-sites. While Fried described the spectator's connection with a work of art as a momentary visual engagement, Smithson's non-sites asked spectators to do something more: to take time looking, walking, seeing, reading, and thinking about the combination of objects, images,... read more

In 1968, Robert Smithson reacted to Michael Fried's influential essay "Art and Objecthood" with a series of works called non-sites. While Fried described the spectator's connection with a work of art as a momentary visual engagement, Smithson's non-sites asked spectators to do something more: to take time looking, walking, seeing, reading, and thinking about the combination of objects, images,... read more

Alex Da Corte: Free Roses

Susan Cross, Alex Da Corte

A generously illustrated book on the dynamic work of neo-pop artist Alex Da Corte, whose immersive installations and provocative objects seamlessly blend high and low culture as they explore themes of love, sex, family, death, and desire. For his largest solo museum exhibition, Alex Da Corte takes over all of MASS MoCA’s second-floor galleries, presenting a selection of existing works and an e... read more

A generously illustrated book on the dynamic work of neo-pop artist Alex Da Corte, whose immersive installations and provocative objects seamlessly blend high and low culture as they explore themes of love, sex, family, death, and desire. For his largest solo museum exhibition, Alex Da Corte takes over all of MASS MoCA’s second-floor galleries, presenting a selection of existing works and an e... read more

The Poet of Them All: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert

Elisabeth R. Fairman

Showcasing a unique and extensive private collection that is soon to be acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, The Poet of Them All illustrates almost one hundred of Neale and Margaret Albert’s miniature books, each one intricately constructed and rendered in precise detail at less than three inches in height. Imaginatively hand-bound by some of today’s most accomplished bookbinders, the... read more

Showcasing a unique and extensive private collection that is soon to be acquired by the Yale Center for British Art, The Poet of Them All illustrates almost one hundred of Neale and Margaret Albert’s miniature books, each one intricately constructed and rendered in precise detail at less than three inches in height. Imaginatively hand-bound by some of today’s most accomplished bookbinders, the... read more

Sarah Crowner

The artist's first monograph, this vibrant book looks at Sarah Crowner's playful engagement with the history of abstraction as well as her transformative appropriations of the colors, rhythms, and forms that populate our everyday lives as well as art history. Known for graphic sewn paintings―which she makes by stitching together pieces of painted and raw canvas―as well as patterned tile struct... read more

The artist's first monograph, this vibrant book looks at Sarah Crowner's playful engagement with the history of abstraction as well as her transformative appropriations of the colors, rhythms, and forms that populate our everyday lives as well as art history. Known for graphic sewn paintings―which she makes by stitching together pieces of painted and raw canvas―as well as patterned tile struct... read more

What Ever Happened to New Institutionalism?

James Voorhies (Ed.)

The first in a new series of readers from the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Whatever happened...considers the impact of New Institutionalism on art institutions and their curatorial strategies in light of today s contemporary globalized culture. Originating in Europe in the 1990s, New Institutionalism sought to reconfigure the art institution from within into an activ... read more

The first in a new series of readers from the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, Whatever happened...considers the impact of New Institutionalism on art institutions and their curatorial strategies in light of today s contemporary globalized culture. Originating in Europe in the 1990s, New Institutionalism sought to reconfigure the art institution from within into an activ... read more

Fragmento: Carlos Runcie Tanaka

James Harithas, Gustavo Buntinx, Raphael Rubinstein, Jorge Villacorta

Carlos Runcie-Tanaka is an artist with superb artistic skills, compelling visual insights and a profoundly spiritual sense of mystery. He was born in Lima, Peru; his heritage is Peruvian, Japanese and English. Lima is the multi-cultural capital of Peru on the Pacific coast of South America. With over eight million inhabitants, Peru's demographic consists of Indigenous people, Europeans, Americ... read more

Carlos Runcie-Tanaka is an artist with superb artistic skills, compelling visual insights and a profoundly spiritual sense of mystery. He was born in Lima, Peru; his heritage is Peruvian, Japanese and English. Lima is the multi-cultural capital of Peru on the Pacific coast of South America. With over eight million inhabitants, Peru's demographic consists of Indigenous people, Europeans, Americ... read more

Colin De Land, American Fine Arts

Dennis Balk

Within the international art world, American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art was a gallery known equally for its anti-commercial, risk-taking practices and for its charismatic owner, who championed a perennially marginalized discourse that critiqued the status quo of gallery practice. Culled from de Land’s extensive archive, Colin de Land, American Fine Arts provides an incomparable loo... read more

Within the international art world, American Fine Arts, Co., Colin de Land Fine Art was a gallery known equally for its anti-commercial, risk-taking practices and for its charismatic owner, who championed a perennially marginalized discourse that critiqued the status quo of gallery practice. Culled from de Land’s extensive archive, Colin de Land, American Fine Arts provides an incomparable loo... read more

Noplaceness: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape

Catherine Fox, Jerry Cullum, Cinque Hicks

An incisive look at artists whose work reveals the changing perceptions of place and space in the era of globalization. Noplaceness features writing examining the work of over 30 artists in historical and critical contexts, including Scott Belville, Sarah Emerson, Ruth Laxson, Beth Lilly, Ann-Marie Manker, The Paper Twins, Fahamu Pecou, Sheila Pree Bright, Rocío Rodríguez, Angela West, and K. ... read more

An incisive look at artists whose work reveals the changing perceptions of place and space in the era of globalization. Noplaceness features writing examining the work of over 30 artists in historical and critical contexts, including Scott Belville, Sarah Emerson, Ruth Laxson, Beth Lilly, Ann-Marie Manker, The Paper Twins, Fahamu Pecou, Sheila Pree Bright, Rocío Rodríguez, Angela West, and K. ... read more

Generations : Betty Feves

Namita Gupta Wiggers

Betty Whiteman Feves (1918-1985) belongs to a generation of mid-century vanguard artists who set the stage for dynamic shifts in the use of clay in art. Feves' work and life in art subverts the popular, male-dominated narrative of post-world War II ceramics. Academically trained, Feves studied with Clyfford Still and Alexander Archipenko in the late 1930s, worked in a design studio in New York... read more

Betty Whiteman Feves (1918-1985) belongs to a generation of mid-century vanguard artists who set the stage for dynamic shifts in the use of clay in art. Feves' work and life in art subverts the popular, male-dominated narrative of post-world War II ceramics. Academically trained, Feves studied with Clyfford Still and Alexander Archipenko in the late 1930s, worked in a design studio in New York... read more

Unpacking the Collection: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft

Glenn Adamson, Janet Koplos, Namita Wiggers

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1937, the Museum is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to craft in the United States. This book presents a selection of works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The first publication to document the Museum's collection and its connections to dramatic changes in artistic practice over the past 70 years, Unpacking the Collection introd... read more

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1937, the Museum is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to craft in the United States. This book presents a selection of works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The first publication to document the Museum's collection and its connections to dramatic changes in artistic practice over the past 70 years, Unpacking the Collection introd... read more

Nations in Transit 2014: Democratization from Central Europe to Eurasia

Freedom House

Since 1995, Freedom House’s Nations in Transit series has monitored the status of democratic change from Central Europe to Eurasia, pinpointing the region’s greatest reform opportunities and challenges for the benefit of policymakers, researchers, journalists, and democracy advocates alike. Covering twenty-nine countries, Nations in Transit provides comparative ratings and in-depth analysis of... read more

Since 1995, Freedom House’s Nations in Transit series has monitored the status of democratic change from Central Europe to Eurasia, pinpointing the region’s greatest reform opportunities and challenges for the benefit of policymakers, researchers, journalists, and democracy advocates alike. Covering twenty-nine countries, Nations in Transit provides comparative ratings and in-depth analysis of... read more

Dragon Boats in August: NYC through a Year of Celebrations

John Ewing

Dragon Boats in August: NYC through a Year of Celebrations is a festive introduction to New York’s diversity, month by month. Young readers can learn about NYC’s many cultural traditions—Chinese, Indo-Caribbean, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and more—starting with the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens and culminating in a fireworks show in lower Manhattan on Independence Day. This deli... read more

Dragon Boats in August: NYC through a Year of Celebrations is a festive introduction to New York’s diversity, month by month. Young readers can learn about NYC’s many cultural traditions—Chinese, Indo-Caribbean, Jewish, Mexican, Puerto Rican, and more—starting with the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens and culminating in a fireworks show in lower Manhattan on Independence Day. This deli... read more

The Bird Feeder of Istanbul

John Ewing

In the heart of old Istanbul, a boy and his grandfather sell birdseed to travelers, who come from far away to explore the city and marvel at its beautiful mosques. Experience pigeons cooing in the square, ferryboats crossing the Bosphorus, Turkish crafts and foods, and Yeni Camii – the 350-year-old “New Mosque” at the center of community life. Discover Istanbul through your senses!The Bird Fee... read more

In the heart of old Istanbul, a boy and his grandfather sell birdseed to travelers, who come from far away to explore the city and marvel at its beautiful mosques. Experience pigeons cooing in the square, ferryboats crossing the Bosphorus, Turkish crafts and foods, and Yeni Camii – the 350-year-old “New Mosque” at the center of community life. Discover Istanbul through your senses!The Bird Fee... read more

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