Art History Editor
Artsy seeks an Art History Editor to join the editorial team. Artsy Editorial strives to broaden the audience engaging with art and visual culture on a daily basis. We tell stories that make art more accessible, celebrate creativity, and unpack the contemporary visual landscape in a timely, engaging, and educational manner.
This editor will play a crucial role in overseeing our art historical editorial content. The ideal candidate will have a firm grasp of the broad narrative surrounding art across the ages, and the ability to ideate, commission, and package captivating stories that both educate and entertain.
We’re looking for someone excited to cover a broad range of art historical topics with a smart but accessible voice: stories about when Robert Rauschenberg erased a De Kooning, the first-ever Armory Show, the Renaissance’s most iconic artists, Picasso’s revolutionary painting Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, one of Impressionism’s sole women practitioners, underappreciated 17th-century Baroque artists from Spain, and the final artworks from artists like Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo.
The right candidate will be passionate about the subject matter and eager to generate the same enthusiasm in their readers. They will be confident filing text under tight deadlines without sacrificing quality, attention to detail, or tone. They will have a hunger for going after a story and sharing something new with the audience—to educate and also expand the traditional confines of the art historical canon. They will be excited about the fast pace of digital publishing and obsessed with elevating the quality of art writing online.
The editor will be expected to continuously pitch story ideas with sharp angles and a clear point-of-view, and to maintain a big-picture, data-informed vision of Artsy’s art-historical coverage.
- Minimum of three years experience writing and editing in a fast-paced, digital publishing environment
- A deep knowledge of art history and passion for presenting that knowledge in a smart but accessible manner
- Eagerness to think strategically and iteratively about how we’re covering art history to reach as broad an audience possible
- Ability to write at least two stories each week and edit four stories assigned to in-house staffers and freelance writers
- Extremely organized and detail-oriented
- Self-motivated, capable of working at a fast pace, and comfortable meeting deadlines
- Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style
- Flexible schedule that can include spot work on weekends and nights
To apply, please include links to at least three recent stories you have written that would fall within Artsy’s coverage of art history in your cover letter. Please also include at least three ideas you would want to assign or write this month and one larger feature you would want to produce in the next quarter.
This position is full-time and starts immediately in our Manhattan offices. Submit your resumé, cover letter, and writing assignments here. When you apply, you will be directed to a third party site.
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