Jan Avgikos is an art critic and historian who is based in New York and the Hudson Valley—where she works and lives. She is a recipient of CAA’s Frank Jewett Mather award for distinction in art criticism and was a graduate Mellon Fellow in art history at Columbia University. She is currently a contributing editor with Artforum International, where she has enjoyed a long-standing affiliation, and regularly publishes reviews. Her writing about modern and contemporary art spans over 30 years and has been published in numerous museum and gallery catalogues, as well as magazines that include Frieze, Flash, Parkett, Brooklyn Rail, and others. Upcoming publications include essays on Dorothea Rockburne and Michelle Grabner. In addition, Ms. Avgikos is currently involved in research for a book on a core group of women artists affiliated with the Woodstock art colony and active in NYC art scenes from the ’20 through the ‘70s.
Ms. Avgikos teaches at the School for Visual Arts in the MFA photo program and the Visual and Cultural Studies program where she focuses on various histories of modern and contemporary art, as well as globalization and the arts. She also teaches in NYU’s MFA program where she guides students in their thesis exhibition.
For fun, Ms. Avgikos cultivates extensive gardens and engages in historic house renovation.