Vivian Sky Rehberg

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Vivian Sky Rehberg is an art historian and critic based in Paris. She is the course director and writing tutor for the Master Fine Art at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam.

Since 2007, she is head of the Critical Studies department at Parsons Paris School of Art + Design, where she also teaches modern and contemporary art history and theory. Rehberg obtained her PhD in 2000 from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) with the dissertation The Rhetoric of Realism: Painting, Politics and Commitment in France, 1940-56. From 2001 to 2004 she was curator of contemporary art at ARC/Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris and for the Paris Department of Cultural Affairs. A founding editor of Journal of Visual Culture, she is a contributing editor of frieze and has published in the following contemporary art magazines/websites: Art Agenda, Artforum, Art in America, Art Press, e-flux magazine, and Modern Painters. Her texts frequently appear in exhibition catalogues and artist monographs, most recently on the work of Isabelle Cornaro, Roman Ondak, Koo Jeong-A, and Chantal Akerman.

She is currently editing a two-volume collection of British author Marina Warner’s writings on art for Violette Editions (London) and completing her research for a book manuscript titled History Decays into Images, Not into Stories, which treats historical and political consciousness in contemporary art.