Lauren O’Neill-Butler is a New York-based independent writer, editor, and educator. Her criticism and non-fiction have appeared in publications ranging from Art Journal to The New York Times. From 2008 to 2019 she was a senior editor at Artforum. Her long-form essays have explored Agnès Varda’s films from California, Jo Baer’s writings, Lisa Tan's videos, Nancy Spero’s final works, the activist art collective fierce pussy, and the impact of Shulamith Firestone’s radical philosophy.
She has written numerous exhibition reviews since 2005 and has published over 150 interviews with artists, filmmakers, and other luminaries. A book of her conversations with women on art and culture will be published by KARMA in 2020.
She holds graduate degrees in art history and philosophy, and has been a visiting critic at Cooper Union, Stony Brook University, USC, Yale University, and the University of Chicago. In 2019–20 she is a part-time faculty member at Hunter College, the School of Visual Arts, and the New School.