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Art critic and author Eleanor Heartney lectures March 28

BOONE—The Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University will present a lecture by art critic and author Eleanor Heartney on Friday, March 28, at 4 p.m. in Room 114 of Belk Library and Information Commons. Heartney’s lecture, “Art Today: Tales of Plastic Surgery, Genetically Altered Rabbits and Other Acts of Art,” is free and open to the public.

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Heartney is a critic and author based in New York City. She is a contributing editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for publications such as Artnews, Art and Auction, The New Art Examiner, the Washington Post and The New York Times.

In her talk, she will present and dissect works by contemporary artists including a group of younger women artists and the issues that their work raises. She will also show the audience items that are labeled art today and discuss what they tell us about the definition and meaning of art.

Heartney received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992. Her books include “Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads” (1997); “Postmodernism” (2001); “Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art” (2004); “Defending Complexity: Art, Politics and the New World Order” (2006); and “Art and Today” (2008), a survey of contemporary art of the last 25 years from Phaidon.

She is a co-author of “After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary Art” (2007), which won the Susan Koppelman Award, and the recently released “The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium, 2013.”

Heartney is a past president of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association. In 2008 she was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

The Smith Gallery, formerly the Catherine J. Smith Gallery, is in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian. Hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 828-262-7338 or visit