Narrative Bio

Vincent Katz is a poet, translator, art critic, editor, and curator. He is the author of eleven books of poetry, two books of translation, and his art criticism has been published in numerous books, catalogues, and journals. He was the editor of Black Mountain College: Experiement In Art, published by MIT Press in 2002.  He is the author of The Complete Elegies Of Sextus Propertius (Princeton, 2004) and Alcuni Telefonini, a collaboration with painter Francesco Clemente published by Granary Books.  He is the publisher of the poetry and arts journal VANITAS and of Libellum books.  He co-curates (with Yasmil Raymond) the Readings in Contemporary Poetry series at Dia Chelsea and co-curates (with Tim Peterson) the Quips & Cranks series of panel discussions at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome for 2001-2002. He currently teaches a course entitled “The Poet As Critic” in the MFA Program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Katz curated an exhibition on Black Mountain College at the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid, whose catalogue, Black Mountain College: Experiment In Art, edited by Katz, was published by MIT Press in 2002.  He curated “Street Dance: The New York Photographs of Rudy Burckhardt” for the Museum of the City of New York in 2008.  He curated the first museum retrospective of the work of Rudy Burckhardt in 1998 at the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia, Spain.  In 2000, he co-curated "Rudy Burckhardt and Friends: New York Artists of the 1950s and 60s" for the Grey Art Gallery at New York University, which paired Burckhardt's portraits of artists with works by those artists.

Katz writes frequently on contemporary art and has published essays or articles on the work of Jennifer Bartlett, Francesco Clemente, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe, Cy Twombly, and others.  His criticism has been published in Apollo, Art in America, ARTnews, Art on Paper, art press, Parkett, World of Interiors, and Tate Etc.

Vincent Katz and Vivien Bittencourt’s documentary, “Kiki Smith: Squatting The Palace,” was shown for two weeks at Film Forum in New York in January, 2007.  It was also screened at the 25th Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2007, as well as festivals in Milan, Naples and Florence.  Their documentary, "Man in the Woods: The Art of Rudy Burckhardt," featuring interviews with Burckhardt, Yvonne Jacquette, Robert Storr, and Brian Wallis, was screened at the 22nd  Montreal International Festival of Films on Art, 2004, and was awarded the "Best of Festival" prize in the Arts category at the Berkeley Film and Video Festival, 2004.

Katz is the author of the following books of poetry: A Tremor In The Morning(1986, Peter Blum Edition, with linocuts by Alex Katz), Cabal of Zealots (1988, Hanuman Books), New York Hello! (1990, Ommation Press, with photographs by Rudy Burckhardt), Boulevard Transportation (1997, Tibor de Nagy Editions, with photographs by Rudy Burckhardt), Pearl (1998, powerHouse books, with art by Tabboo!), Understanding Objects (2000, Hard Press), Voyages and Hyde Park Boulevard (2000, Grenfell Press, an artist’s book in two parts, with artist James Brown), Rapid Departures (2005, Ateliê Editorial, with drawings by Mario Cafiero), Judge (2007, Charta/Libellum, with art by Wayne Gonzales), Berlin (2008, with woodcuts by Matthias Mansen), and Alcuni Telefonini (2008, Granary Books, with watercolors by Francesco Clemente).

Rapid Departures is a selection of poems Katz wrote in Brazil over a17-year period, with art work by Cafiero, published in a bi-lingual edition by an imprint of the University of São Paulo Press.  Judge is a collaboration with artist Wayne Gonzales that takes its words entirely from The New York Times.  Alcuni Telefonini consists of poems written in Europe, with watercolors made by Clemente in response to the poems.

Katz won the 2005 National Translation Award, given by the American Literary Translators Association, for his book of translations from Latin, The Complete Elegies of Sextus Propertius (2004, Princeton University Press).  He was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature at the American Academy in Rome for 2001-2002 and was a Guest of the Director for a one-month residency at the American Academy in Berlin in Spring, 2006.

He taught a course entitled "Journey to Black Mountain" at the Summer Writing Program of Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, in July, 2005.  He taught the workshop “Poetry and the Visual Arts” at the Poetry Project, New York, in 2008.  He taught a course entitled “The Poet As Critic” in the MFA Program in Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  In August, 2011, he taught a course on “Experimentation and Collaboration in Postwar American Art” at the University of Campinas in Brazil.  Also at Campinas, he delivered two lectures: “Frank O’Hara and Friends: Contemporary Poetry in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s” and “Sextus Propertius and Erotic Love Elegy.”

His play “Hippolyta” was performed by The Medicine Show, New York, in June, 2005.

He is the publisher and editor of the poetry and arts journal VANITAS and of Libellum books.