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. Her writing has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, Czech and German.
She has worked on editing projects for institutions, companies and publications such as TASCHEN, Vitra, Art Basel, Liste, Design Hotels, Spike Art Magazine, David Chipperfield Architects, Mendes Wood DM, SAVVY Contemporary, and iwalewabooks 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 also occasionally appears in public to host and contribute to conversations on physical stages and digital platforms. She hosted a series of 12 artist talks at Soho House Berlin and has moderated a range of discussions with artists, filmmakers, and designers. She’s also been a speaker on panel discussions, such as “An Outsider’s Look at Art in Austria” at the viennacontemporary art fair.
Emily is a mentor for New York University’s American Journalism Online Master’s Program. Pre-pandemic, she ran a reading group in Berlin of contemporary art magazines.
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