About


Julia Friedman is a Russian-born art historian, writer and curator. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Brown University in 2005, and has since researched and taught in the US, UK and Japan. Her trans-disciplinary work on European Modernism, Russian emigration and book art resulted in the illustrated monograph Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Arpublished by Northwestern University Press in January 2011. She has been a regular contributor to Artforum, and has a blog column in The Huffington Post. In 2017 she began writing for The New Criterion magazine. 

Friedman’s most recent publications are on Wayne Thiebaud’s clown series that has been the focus of her research since the Spring of 2018. “Hour of the Clown,” the initial introduction of the series’s cultural context, came out in June of 2019. A longer article, “There ought to be clowns,” which addresses the genesis of the series will appear in the December 2019 issue of The New Criterion. She is currently preparing an essay for Thiebaud’s centennial exhibition catalogue to be published in conjunction with the multi-venue show slated to open in October of 2020 at Sacramento Crocker Museum of Art.

PRIMARY RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

• American painting after 1945

• Critical Theory: word and image studies

• Art Criticism in context

• Artist biographies, art in exile and artistic identities

• Contemporary art in global perspective

• European modernism

• Russian, Soviet, Russian émigré and Post-Soviet art

• Romanticism and its legacy