Lynne Tillman is a novelist, short story writer, and critic. Her novels include American Genius, A Comedy, Haunted Houses, and No Lease on Life, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her work, in the story collection This Is Not It, stories and novellas written in response to the work of twenty-two contemporary artists, and The Madame Realism Complex, has been referred to as “ficto-criticism.” She’s also published four nonfiction books, including The Broad Picture, an essay collection, and The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory 1965–67. Her essay collection What Would Lynne Tillman Do? was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism.
Lynne Tillman’s writing has appeared in Tin House, Black Clock, BOMB, Gigantic, Artforum, Art in America, and the New York Times Book Review. She writes a bimonthly column, “In These Intemperate Times,” for frieze, covering a range of art and cultural matters. She has also written pieces on Barbara Kruger, Stephen Prina, Jessica Stockholder, Jeff Koons, Haim Steinbach, and Barbara Probst for artists’ books and museum catalogues. She is a co-editor of Beyond Recognition: Representation, Power, Culture: Writings of Craig Owens. She received a NYSCA grant 1987, a NYFA grant in 1992, and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2006. She is a professor and writer-in-residence at the University at Albany, and on the Core Faculty of the School of Visual Arts MFA Program in Arts Writing.