Paul D'Agostino, Ph.D. - bio, contact
Paul D’Agostino is an artist, writer, translator, curator and professor living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where he has been producing and hosting art exhibitions and critical discussions at Centotto Gallery, situated in the living room of his shared loft, since 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in Italian Literature and is currently a member of the part-time Art Faculty at Parsons The New School for Design; a part-time professor in NYU's School of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting; and MFA Writing Advisor at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. He has also taught language, literature, cinema and interdisciplinary studies courses in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at CUNY Brooklyn College, the Department of Romance Languages at Fordham University, and the Italian Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
D'Agostino writes in and translates among a number of languages, primarily Italian, German, French, Spanish and English, and he does translation work in several other languages as well. He is co-founder of and writer for two art blogs, ART(inter) and After Vasari, and Assistant Editor of Journal of Italian Translation. He was also until recently Art Editor at Brooklyn Magazine and The L Magazine.
D'Agostino's academic writings and translations have appeared in many scholarly publications in the United States and abroad, and his poetry and prose have been published in several Brooklyn-based literary magazines. His mixed-media, variably language-based artworks have been featured in many group shows, and he has had four solo exhibitions and one two-person show. His 2012 solo exhibition at Norte Maar Gallery, Appearance Adrift in the Garden, was accompanied by Bodies, Voids and a Tale of Seas, a limited edition chapbook of the artist's original writings in five languages. The following year, Twilit Ensembles, D'Agostino's second solo show, was at Pocket Utopia Gallery in Manhattan. It was accompanied by an artist's book of drawings and stories, Floor Translations, and the exhibit was reviewed in a number of publications, including by Roberta Smith for The New York Times. D'Agostino's arts activities have been reviewed or featured in ARTNews, Art Review, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Paper Magazine, The New Criterion, Two Coats of Paint, Hyperallergic, Rough Cuts, La Voce di New York and The Brooklyn Rail, among many others. He was also the featured artist in a Critic's Pick article in the February 2014 issue of ARTNews. His recent solo show, Scriptive Formalities, exhibited at Life on Mars Gallery from February to March 2016, was accompanied by another book of Floor Translations, titled Lady Skyecharmer and Friends: Floor Translations, Volume II. The exhibit overall featured over a hundred pieces—including scores of his new Chromatic Alphabet paintings, as well as dozens of charcoal drawings and metal sculptures in his Floor Translations series—and it was reviewed or featured in a number of publications, including Hyperallergic, The New Criterion, Two Coats of Paint, ArtFile, Talking Pictures, Artefuse, Rough Cuts, Bushwick Daily, Gallery Travels, Year of the Goat, and Structure and Imagery. More press information available here. D'Agostino's most recent solo exhibition was at Weathervane Gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, from 12 April to 8 May 2016. It was called Rosetta's Stones, and it featured a large installation of the artist's Debris Portrait drawings. More information here. Photos from the exhibition and information about the series of drawings were subsequently featured on the European Space Agency's online archive of art pertaining to the Rosetta Mission.
In the summer and fall of 2014, D'Agostino collaborated with Stephanie Theodore, of Theodore:Art, and with Karl England, Charlie Levine and Ben Street, of London-based Sluice_, to develop and produce a transportable art exposition platform called Exchange Rates. Its first iteration was Exchange Rates: The Bushwick International Expo, which took place in October 2014. The second edition, Exchange Rates II, took place in October 2016. Information here.
Home: 250 Moore St., #108
Twitter and Instagram: @postuccio
Director - Centotto Gallery
Parsons The New School for Design - Part-Time Art Faculty
New York University - School of Foreign Languages, Translation and Interpreting
The New York Studio School - MFA Writing Advisor
Co-Founder and Writer - After Vasari, ART(inter)
Co-Founder, Co-Producer - Exchange Rates
Assistant Editor - Journal of Italian Translation
Freelance Translator & Tutor - Italian, French, German, Spanish, English