Jon Leon

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As an independent writer and critic Jon Leon has generated a significant body of creative and critical texts, paratexts, and poetics that form an undifferentiated genre mix within the media imagination. His profiles, articles, essays, reviews, interviews, poems, and literary work have appeared globally in Third Rail Quarterly, The Art Book Review, Spike Art Quarterly, Oyster, ArtSlant, Sang Bleu, The Brooklyn Rail, Novembre, East of Borneo, Art in America, Soft Targets, and other magazines and journals. His books have been featured in Vice, Interview, Frieze, Bomb, and Bidoun among others. He is the author of The Arrivistes (2015), The Malady of the Century (2012), Elizabeth Zoë Lindsay Drink Fanta (2011), The Hot Tub (2009), and co-author (with Alex Israel) of Sheets of Mist (2015), as well as a number of privately issued titles and special editions. Rare appearances include a graduate seminar at Art Center College of Design, a lecture at The Poetry Foundation headquarters in Chicago, a talk on spatial practices at CUNY Grad Center, and a reading at legendary downtown New York gallery Feature Inc. A solo exhibition, The Coral, ran through the summer of 2013 at The Finley Gallery, Los Angeles. Leon is the recipient of a Philip Whalen Memorial Grant and a Jerome Foundation Regrant. A new essay, “Bad Beach,” appears in the exhibition catalog for Can’t Reach Me There (Midway Contemporary Art, 2015). He lives in the U.S.A.