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Maximilíano Durón

Photo Editor and Top 200 Lead Editor, ARTnews

"Maximilíano Durón is a queer, Chicanx journalist and critic covering contemporary art. Born and raised on the Eastside of Los Angeles, Durón is currently based in New York. His writing focuses on the work of artists of color, specifically Latinx/Chicanx artists, queer artists, and their intersections. Durón has been at ARTnews since April 2014, where he is currently photo editor. He previously interned at the publication while attending New York University, where he studied journalism and art history. Durón is a founding member of Critical Minded, an initiative jointly funded by the Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation that looks to support the work of a diverse, intergenerational group of cultural critics of color. For ARTnews, Durón has aggressively covered a series of protests and actions at El Museo del Barrio in Upper Manhattan, issues of diversity and equity within the art world, and the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. He has also written about the work of artists Judith F. Baca, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Lyle Ashton Harris, Laura Aguilar, Andres Serrano, Margarita Cabrera, David Wojnarowicz, and curator Candice Hopkins. In 2019 he convened a roundtable panel with artists Vaginal Davis, Michela Griffo, and curator Jonathan Weinberg on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising to discuss its impact on the art world. He later organized a follow-up panel with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, looking at lesbian visibility, with an intergenerational trio of artists: Joan E. Biren (JEB), Lola Flash, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden. Durón is also the lead editor on the annual ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list, which is published each fall. Follow him @maxduron on Instagram and Twitter.

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