Max Kozloff, Joyce Kozloff, 1987, C-print, 19 1/8 x 15".


“Max Kozloff: Critic and Photographer”

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
October 5–January 5

Curated by Michal Raz-Russo

Max Kozloff should be well known to longtime Artforum readers, as he has written for the magazine on and off since 1964 and most recently just last September. In the mid-1970s, when he spent some years as Artforum’s executive editor, he began to focus his writing on photography, and at around the same time he became a photographer himself. Now the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting a show of around eighty of his pictures. Also on hand will be a selection of Kozloff’s essays and a group of works by photographers about whom he has written, providing an unusual opportunity to explore an artist’s visual concerns through both his aesthetic models and his own words. The real draw, though, will be Kozloff’s photographs, and their beautiful treatment of color—which for him, he has said, “is tenderness.”