Ken Johnson

Adjunct Faculty

Critical Studies

Ken Johnson for the New York Times

Ken Johnson was born 1953 in Montclair New Jersey. Johnson is an American art critic. Johnson is a writer for the arts pages of The New York Times, where he covers gallery and museum exhibits. Johnson attended Brown University and State University of New York at Albany, earning a degree in art from the former in 1976 and a master’s degree in studio art, with a concentration in painting, from the latter in 1977. In his journalism career he has written on contemporary art for several art magazines, newspapers and publications. He published for the Art Review in the New York Times, doing reviews for artists in NYC such as Don Doe and was the art critic for the Boston Globe from 2006-2007. His book Are You Experienced? How psychedelic consciousness transformed modern art was published In June 2011. Johnson is also an educator, having taught courses in painting, drawing, electronic arts, art history, and art criticism at various universities in upstate New York. He teaches a writing seminar in the School of Visual Arts in art criticism and writing in New York. Johnson currently lives in New York City.

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