Brian Sholis is an editor, writer, and independent curator in Toronto. He has nearly twenty years’ experience in the fields of contemporary art and photography, where he has worked as a curator and programmer for museums; as the executive director of a nonprofit gallery; as an editor and author of books, magazine articles, and online texts; and as a professor, visiting critic, grant panelist, prize juror, and public speaker. He was most recently executive director of Gallery TPW in Toronto and, before that, was curator of photography at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Earlier in his career he worked as an editor at Aperture Foundation and at Artforum.
Sholis is the author of the 2016 book Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954–1974 (Yale University Press) and the editor of two previous anthologies published by the New Museum and Sternberg Press. A longtime art critic, he has written catalogue essays for the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum, all in New York; the Moderna Museet, Stockholm; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and the Guggenheim Bilbao, among other institutions, and his features, columns, interviews, and reviews have been published in Artforum, Frieze, Art in America, Aperture, and elsewhere.
Sholis has taught at the the Pratt Institute, Parsons the New School for Design, and other universities, and has been a visiting critic or guest lecturer at more than two dozen schools across North America. He holds an MA in American History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a BA in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Boston University.
Recently, he nominated Moyra Davey, the winner of the 2018 Scotiabank Contact Photography Prize; contributed an essay to the catalogue accompanying the Hayward Gallery’s 2018 Andreas Gursky retrospective; co-curated the exhibition “Subjektiv,” which traveled from the Malmö Konsthall to the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo; surveyed how art museums and galleries institutions responded to Canada 150 for Frieze magazine; and edited books and online projects for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Matthew Marks Gallery in New York, and Metabolic Studio in Los Angeles.