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Ben Davis

Ben Davis is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, which ARTnews named one of the best art books of the decade in 2019. He has been Artnet News's National Art Critic since 2016. His writings have also been featured in The New York TimesNew York Magazine, The Baffler, Jacobin, SlateSalvage, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, and many other venues. In 2019, Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab reported that he was one of the five most influential art critics in the United States. He lives in Brooklyn.


  • Art in the After-Culture

    Essential essays on art in our current era from one of the most important art critics writing today.

  • 9.5 Theses on Art and Class

    Ben Davis draws the curtain back on the contemporary art world to assail its commodified roots.