Open Questions: Thirty Years of Writing about Art (Paperback)

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'Molesworth remains a rare breed: a curator who can actually write.' - Art in America

An illustrated reader featuring a collection of essays from trailblazing curator and writer Helen Molesworth – the first book of her collected writings

Over the past three decades, Helen Molesworth’s singular voice and lively curatorial vision has established her as one of the most dynamic and influential voices in the art world. This generously illustrated reader – the first ever collection of her writings – presents 24 essays from the past 30 years, gathered from exhibition catalogs and art publications such as Artforum, Documents, frieze, and October.

The volume opens with a new essay that lays out Molesworth’s belief in art’s unique capacity for merging knowledge and feeling. It also includes new critical and reflective commentary on her past writing, an innovative approach that will position Open Questions as an indispensable volume for viewing and thinking about contemporary art for generations to come.

About the Author


Helen Molesworth is a writer, curator, and podcasterbased in Los Angeles. Her major monographic exhibitions include Ruth Asawa, Moyra Davey, Kerry James Marshall, Catherine Opie, Amy Sillman, and Luc Tuymans. Molesworth, a prolific and award-winning author, is the recipient a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Clark Art Writing Prize, and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies Award for Curatorial Excellence. 

Edited by Donna Wingate.

Praise For…


'Molesworth remains a rare breed: a curator who can actually write.' –  Art in America

'Open Questions is the fierce culmination of a career forged on [Molesworth's] own terms.' –  Vogue

'Influential.' –  Art in America

'Captivating.' –  The Slowdown

'The real subject of the book, of course, is Molesworth herself, and it’s a rich text in that regard.' –  artnet

‘Molesworth is at her finest.’ – Sullivan+Strumpf



Product Details
ISBN: 9781838666057
ISBN-10: 1838666052
Publisher: Phaidon Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English