James Crump is a curator, writer and art advisor. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and has published widely in the fields of contemporary art and history of photography.
Crump is internationally known for his work with contemporary artists and photographers. From 2010 to 2013 he was Chief Curator at the Cincinnati Art Museum where he produced a number of high-profile and critically well-received exhibitions. He has collaborated with many museums and galleries, including The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, International Center of Photography, the Grey Art Gallery of NYU and The Drawing Center in New York, Princeton University Art Museum, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam and Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany. In addition to publishing the first monographs of Adam Fuss, Vik Muniz, Nadav Kander, and Robert Maxwell, he has organized exhibitions or published books with artists such as James Welling, Doug and Mike Starn, Doug Aitken, Richard Misrach, Nan Goldin, Ross Bleckner, Lynn Davis, and the estates of Berenice Abbott, Robert Mapplethorpe, Carlo Mollino, Willem De Kooning, Garry Winogrand, and Walker Evans.
Crump’s work has been widely published, most recently in Aperture, Archives of American Art,
Journal for the Smithsonian Museum, Art Review, Art in America, History of Photography and Print. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in history of art, Crump was Associate Curator of Photography at the Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, where he oversaw a collection of over 50,000 works and organized the acclaimed exhibition George Platt Lynes: Photographs from the Kinsey Institute. From 1996 to 2003, Crump was founding director and CEO of Arena Editions. Crump wrote, produced and directed the documentary film Black White + Gray about legendary art collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. The film premiered at the 2007 New York-based Tribeca Film Festival and Europe’s Art Basel. Black White + Gray was named one of the 100 Best Films of 2008 by The Times, London.