Art historian Steven Nelson received a commission for an essay about the work of photographer Deana Lawson. But what he produced was rejected by Lawson and editors of the piece. While considering the role of art historians and critics in the contemporary art world, Nelson tells a winding story of his essay’s eventual road to publication.
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