Darla Migan

Darla Migan, Ph.D. is an art critic and philosopher based in New York City. Her research takes up an interdisciplinary approach to the study of ethics and aesthetics wherein to do philosophy also means learning from artists. She has been invited to participate in discussions with artists at UCLA, the Städelschule, and Parsons; written gallery essays in support of emerging artists in Berlin and New York; lectured on the distribution and circulation of images in post-internet aesthetics at the American Society for Aesthetics; and published reviews of group shows as well as solo exhibitions by Faith Ringgold and Akeem Smith. Currently, she is a fellow in Critical Studies at the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Darla’s criticism on contemporary art and its market can be read in Art in America, Artnet News, ARTNews, The Brooklyn Rail, CulturedMag, Spike Art Magazine, Sugarcane Magazine, and Texte zur Kunst.


  • Violet Quartz


    Title: Violet Quartz
    Series Title: Beacon – a series in ten issues
    Category: Criticism
    Artist: Hong-Kai Wang
    Writers: Bill Dietz, Övül Durmuşoğlu, Darla Migan, Hu Shu-Wen, Hong-Kai Wang
    Series Editor: Bopha Chhay
    Design: Vicky Lum
    Copyeditor: Gina Badger
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printed by: Metropolitan Fine Printers
    Year Published: 2021
    Pages: 20
    Cover: soft
    Binding: staples
    Dimensions: 15.2 x 22.9 cm
    Edition of 300
    ISBN: 978-1-927630-13-6
    Cost: $12
    Subscription: $100 – for ten issues

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    ‘BEACON – a pamphlet series in ten issues’ focuses on how the commitment of artists’ to wider social movements informs contemporary artistic practice. The series will feature texts by artists whose practices engage with language and visual arts.

    Current issues:
    01 – Ruth Buchanan
    02 – Hong-Kai Wang
    03 – Christina Battle
    04 – Justine A. Chambers
    05 – Jared Stanley and
    Sameer Farooq

    06 – Gelare Khoshgozaran
    07 – Lana Lopsei
    08 – Be Oakley
    09 – Bopha Chhay
    10 – Nasrin Himada