About

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Photo by Annelyse Gelman

Emily McDermott is a Berlin-based writer and editor who focuses on visual art and culture. Her writing has been published by numerous magazines, including Frieze, ArtReview, Artsy, Wallpaper*, New York Magazine’s Vulture, artnet News, Vice’s Garage, i-D, W Magazine and Elle.com, among others, and has been translated into Japanese, Czech and German.

She has worked on editing projects for institutions, companies and publications such as Art Basel, Liste Art Fair Basel, Spike Art Magazine, David Chipperfield Architects, LISTE – Art Fair Basel, Mendes Wood DM, SAVVY Contemporary, and Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth, Germany. Other clients include the BMW Art Guide, Carbon 12 (Dubai), Drdova Gallery (Prague), Mic.com, and more. She was a Fulbright fellow in 2016–17 and was previously the digital art, music and nightlife editor at Interview magazine in New York.

Emily and artist Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo. Photo by Sarnt Utamachote

Emily also occasionally appears in public to host and contribute to conversations on physical stages and digital platforms. She’s moderated digital designer talks for Berlin Fashion Film Festival, panel discussions on art, power structures, race and migration, and artists talks, like one with Christa Joo Hyun D’Angelo at Ashley Berlin. She’s also been a speaker on panel discussions, such as “An Outsider’s Look at Art in Austria” at the viennacontemporary art fair.

In non-pandemic times, Emily runs a Berlin reading group of contemporary art magazines that meets the last Monday of every month at art spaces around the city. If you’re interested in joining, send her an email with the subject line “Reading Group” and she’ll let you know when the group resumes.

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To review her full CV, click here.