About


Julia Friedman is a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator. She began her art historical studies at the Hermitage Museum, in St. Petersburg, where she grew up. After receiving her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University in 2005, she has researched and taught in the US, UK and Japan. In 2010 Northwestern University Press published her illustrated monograph Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Art. The same year she became a regular contributor to Artforum, and in 2017 she began writing for The New Criterion. In 2015–2016 she collaborated on project with art critic Dave Hickey, editing Dustbunnies and Wasted Words—two pendant volumes based on his Facebook exchanges. Since then, she has written essays and articles about political art, Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings, art history and pornography, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the aesthetics of #MeToo, President Trump’s classical architecture executive order, NFTs, Johannes Vermeer, Philip Guston, and George Orwell. In 2020 she was interviewed for the new Netflix documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed (2021) directed by Joshua Rofé. She was a guest on I Don’t Understand, William Shatner new talk show, to discuss what makes something art.