Archive for May 16th, 2010

Just as our taste in lovers is far more revealing than our choice of friends, the object of an artist’s obsession can open up doors to their soul that might otherwise remain shut tight.

May 16, 2010

Vince Aletti

Vince Aletti (born 1945) is an American music journalist and photography critic.

Vince Aletti was the first person to write about disco (in a piece published in Rolling Stone in 1973), writing a weekly column about disco for the music trade magazine Record World(1974-1979) and reporting about early clubs like David Mancuso’s Loft for The Village Voice in the late 1970s and 1980s.

In 1979 and 1980, Aletti also worked as the A&R man for Ray Caviano’s RFC Records. He was a senior editor at The Village Voice for nearly 20 years until leaving in early 2005.

In 1998, Aletti was the curator of a highly praised survey exhibition of art and photography called Male, which was followed up in 1999 by Female, both at Wessel + O’Connor Gallery in New York. In conjunction with those shows, he was the co-editor of the Fall 1999 “Male/Female” issue of Aperture, featuring his interview with Madonna, which was later anthologized in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing (2000).

In 2000, he was the co-curator of an exhibition called Settings & Players: Theatrical Ambiguity in American Photography at London’s White Cube 2 gallery, and the following year he organized a show of Steven Klein’s fashion work for the Museé de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Aletti was one of the two featured writers of The Book of 101 Books: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century (2001).

In 2005, Aletti wrote moving tributes to Helen Gee and Richard Avedon for the Village Voice, in addition to his weekly reviews of New York museum and gallery exhibitions. Aletti is especially attuned to new developments in the New York City art world and his writing combines a journalistic sensibility and an understated critical grammar.

These days, Vince Aletti reviews photography exhibitions for The New Yorker’s “Goings on About Town” section.