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Momus is an online art publication that stresses a return to an art criticism that is evaluative, accountable, and brave. It provides a reprieve from – and rebuke against – the toxic poles of elitism and populism that frame so much public conversation. In its first four years, Momus has become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art at a slightly slower pace, and with greater focus and integrity, than online platforms typically allow. We've been recognized by peer publications including Art in AmericaFrieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, LA Times, artnet News, and the College Art Association, and have attracted over 850,000 readers. Momus was shortlisted – twice – for the International Award for Art Criticism in 2016, and was recently featured in a Harvard University review for leading the charge in online art writers’ remuneration. We're also delighted that many of our contributing editors and writers have been awarded the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation grant for Art Writing.

In 2017, Momus began a podcast, extending its interests and approach to “criticism in conversation.” Momus: The Podcast is syndicated by NTS radio, in the UK, with a listenership of over 500,000. It features guests Tyler Green, Morgan Quaintance, Michelle Grabner, Peggy Gale, Mike Pepi, Julia Halperin, Catherine G. Wagley, Daniel Baumann, and Nora Khan, among others, and covers topics including “conflict of interest” and “art criticism vs. art journalism.” (Momus thanks the Canada Council for the Arts’s “New Chapter” grant for making its first season possible.)

Momus‘s first print anthology, Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1 (2014-17), was published in late October 2017. This beautifully-designed and weighted compendium of our best writing to date toured Canada, the US, and Mexico in 2017-18, and is available for purchase at bookstores and galleries around the world, and here on our website (though only a few copies remain).

Our publication is a place for risk-takers, art historians, popular voices, and truth-seekers – both emerging and established – who purvey the contemporary moment from a distance while fully ensconced. Together they claim an important platform for the revival of art criticism, and present art writing that promotes integrity and clarity in its reflection on the complexities, challenges, and potential emerging from an artworld in flux.

For as little as $1 a month, you can support Momus and bring daring and accountable criticism to the forefront of the cultural conversation. 

Top three reasons to donate:

  • Momus pays its writers above-industry rates, and is leading by example in its effort to improve writer-remuneration in online publishing. Our publication recently raised it writers’ rates - for the second time in four years - by 30%, and was recently featured in a Harvard review regarding this mantel.
  • Momus maintains a standard of independent, critical thinking, bringing its subjects into a discourse that isn't compromised by commercial or governmental agendas. As such, Momus is a for-profit publication that avoids any "charitable" infrastructure or compromised directives, though its for-profit status and international content limit its applicability to Canadian granting bodies. 
  • Momus is free to read, free to stream, and free to download. Our emphasis on accessibility underscores our objective that art criticism play an essential part in the cultural conversation. Momus’s accessible but challenging criticism has won the attention of friezee-fluxThe New InquiryLos Angeles Times, and the College Art Association, among others.

In sum: if you value what you read and listen to, consider donating to support our continuation and expansion. Your support will go directly to our writers, designers, editors, and programmers; and towards our continued and sustainable growth. Above all, your funds will contribute to raising and maintaining an important standard for evaluative and independent criticism.

Appreciation

"The thought and honesty that Momus is founded upon literally evoked a visceral surge of resolve in me. In an era of stupidity, deceit, and rapacity Momus provides an ethical alternative."
– Jeanne Randolph
Cultural critic and author of
Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming and Other Writings on Art

"Where other magazines are retreating, Momus is advancing, taking a gamble on sober critical thought and making room for new voices. For anyone interested in potential futures for art writing, Momus is both required homework and a glimmer of hope."
– Ben Davis
Art critic and author of
9.5 Theses on Art and Class

"Excellent."
– Dan Fox
Editor at frieze and author of
Pretentiousness: Why it Matters

Financial rewards / tiers:

$1 / month (Tier 4 - Reader’s Circle): My reward is reading Momus.

$5 - $10 / month (Tiers 3 - Supporter’s Circle): Thanks on a Momus page dedicated to patrons, with a link to your preferred personal site.

$50+ / month (Tier 2 - Patron’s Circle): Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, as a $50+ patron you are offered an annual hour-long consultation (regarding a subject related to contemporary art, criticism, art writing, publishing, or similar) with our Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.

$100+ / month (Tier 1 - Golden Patron's Circle) - Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, you’ll receive a monthly mystery pack of art criticism and ideas from Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.

Tiers
Tier 4
$1 or more per month
No reward, I just want to support Momus.
Tier 3
$5 or more per month
With your permission, Momus will publish your name on a Momus page dedicated to its Patreon patrons, with a link to your preferred personal site. 
Tier 2
$50 or more per month
Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, as a $50+ patron you are offered an annual hour-long consultation (regarding a subject related to contemporary art, criticism, art writing, publishing, or similar) with our Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.
Tier 1
$100 or more per month
Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, you’ll receive a monthly mystery pack of art criticism and ideas from Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden. 
Momus is an online art publication that stresses a return to an art criticism that is evaluative, accountable, and brave. It provides a reprieve from – and rebuke against – the toxic poles of elitism and populism that frame so much public conversation. In its first four years, Momus has become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art at a slightly slower pace, and with greater focus and integrity, than online platforms typically allow. We've been recognized by peer publications including Art in AmericaFrieze, e-flux, The New Inquiry, LA Times, artnet News, and the College Art Association, and have attracted over 850,000 readers. Momus was shortlisted – twice – for the International Award for Art Criticism in 2016, and was recently featured in a Harvard University review for leading the charge in online art writers’ remuneration. We're also delighted that many of our contributing editors and writers have been awarded the Creative Capital Warhol Foundation grant for Art Writing.

In 2017, Momus began a podcast, extending its interests and approach to “criticism in conversation.” Momus: The Podcast is syndicated by NTS radio, in the UK, with a listenership of over 500,000. It features guests Tyler Green, Morgan Quaintance, Michelle Grabner, Peggy Gale, Mike Pepi, Julia Halperin, Catherine G. Wagley, Daniel Baumann, and Nora Khan, among others, and covers topics including “conflict of interest” and “art criticism vs. art journalism.” (Momus thanks the Canada Council for the Arts’s “New Chapter” grant for making its first season possible.)

Momus‘s first print anthology, Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1 (2014-17), was published in late October 2017. This beautifully-designed and weighted compendium of our best writing to date toured Canada, the US, and Mexico in 2017-18, and is available for purchase at bookstores and galleries around the world, and here on our website (though only a few copies remain).

Our publication is a place for risk-takers, art historians, popular voices, and truth-seekers – both emerging and established – who purvey the contemporary moment from a distance while fully ensconced. Together they claim an important platform for the revival of art criticism, and present art writing that promotes integrity and clarity in its reflection on the complexities, challenges, and potential emerging from an artworld in flux.

For as little as $1 a month, you can support Momus and bring daring and accountable criticism to the forefront of the cultural conversation. 

Top three reasons to donate:

  • Momus pays its writers above-industry rates, and is leading by example in its effort to improve writer-remuneration in online publishing. Our publication recently raised it writers’ rates - for the second time in four years - by 30%, and was recently featured in a Harvard review regarding this mantel.
  • Momus maintains a standard of independent, critical thinking, bringing its subjects into a discourse that isn't compromised by commercial or governmental agendas. As such, Momus is a for-profit publication that avoids any "charitable" infrastructure or compromised directives, though its for-profit status and international content limit its applicability to Canadian granting bodies. 
  • Momus is free to read, free to stream, and free to download. Our emphasis on accessibility underscores our objective that art criticism play an essential part in the cultural conversation. Momus’s accessible but challenging criticism has won the attention of friezee-fluxThe New InquiryLos Angeles Times, and the College Art Association, among others.

In sum: if you value what you read and listen to, consider donating to support our continuation and expansion. Your support will go directly to our writers, designers, editors, and programmers; and towards our continued and sustainable growth. Above all, your funds will contribute to raising and maintaining an important standard for evaluative and independent criticism.

Appreciation

"The thought and honesty that Momus is founded upon literally evoked a visceral surge of resolve in me. In an era of stupidity, deceit, and rapacity Momus provides an ethical alternative."
– Jeanne Randolph
Cultural critic and author of
Psychoanalysis & Synchronized Swimming and Other Writings on Art

"Where other magazines are retreating, Momus is advancing, taking a gamble on sober critical thought and making room for new voices. For anyone interested in potential futures for art writing, Momus is both required homework and a glimmer of hope."
– Ben Davis
Art critic and author of
9.5 Theses on Art and Class

"Excellent."
– Dan Fox
Editor at frieze and author of
Pretentiousness: Why it Matters

Financial rewards / tiers:

$1 / month (Tier 4 - Reader’s Circle): My reward is reading Momus.

$5 - $10 / month (Tiers 3 - Supporter’s Circle): Thanks on a Momus page dedicated to patrons, with a link to your preferred personal site.

$50+ / month (Tier 2 - Patron’s Circle): Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, as a $50+ patron you are offered an annual hour-long consultation (regarding a subject related to contemporary art, criticism, art writing, publishing, or similar) with our Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.

$100+ / month (Tier 1 - Golden Patron's Circle) - Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, you’ll receive a monthly mystery pack of art criticism and ideas from Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.

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Tiers
Tier 4
$1 or more per month
No reward, I just want to support Momus.
Tier 3
$5 or more per month
With your permission, Momus will publish your name on a Momus page dedicated to its Patreon patrons, with a link to your preferred personal site. 
Tier 2
$50 or more per month
Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, as a $50+ patron you are offered an annual hour-long consultation (regarding a subject related to contemporary art, criticism, art writing, publishing, or similar) with our Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.
Tier 1
$100 or more per month
Along with all the benefits enjoyed by other contributors, you’ll receive a monthly mystery pack of art criticism and ideas from Publisher and Editor Sky Goodden.