Mira Schor is a New York-based artist and writer noted for her advocacy of painting in a post-medium visual culture and for her contributions to feminist art history.
Schor’s areas of interest include the gendered production of art history, and the relationship between political and conceptual concerns with the materiality of expression. Schor’s work balances political and theoretical concerns with formalist and material passions. The central theme in recent paintings is the experience of living in a moment of radical inequality, austerity, and accelerated time, set against the powerful pull of older notions of time, craft, and visual pleasure.
Schor received her MFA in painting from CalArts in 1973. She is the recipient of awards in painting from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, Marie Walsh Sharpe, and Pollock-Krasner Foundations; awards for writing include the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism and a Creative Capital Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her blog, A Year of Positive Thinking, which includes writings on contemporary art, culture, and politics. Schor’s work has been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, P.S.1, The Neuberger Museum, The Jewish Museum, and The Aldrich Museum. Schor is the author of Wet: On Painting, Feminism, and Art Culture and of A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life. She is the editor of The Extreme of the Middle: Writings of Jack Tworkov, and co-editor of M/E/A/N/I/N/G: An Anthology of Artists’ Writings, Theory, and Criticism and M/E/A/N/I/N/G Online. Schor is a recipient of the 2019 Women’s Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as a feminist painter, art historian and critic. In 2017 she was inducted as a National Academician to the National Academy. Schor is represented by Lyles & King Gallery in New York City.