Art criticism’s new voice

Photo of Sky Goodden
Photo of Sky Goodden

OCAD University alumna Sky Goodden (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2010) is a rising-star art writer and publisher. She is the founding editor of Momus, an online art publication that “promotes integrity and clarity in its reflection on the complexities, challenges, and potential emerging from an artworld in flux.” I sat down with Goodden to discuss her accomplishments, lessons and vision for the years ahead.   

RB: We both started at OCAD University in 2008, the first year of the MFA program. What were your most important take-aways from the program?

SG: I had great writing mentors in Andy Patton and Charles Reeve. Andy’s adage that you should try, on your best day, to be “equal to your object,” had a big impact on me. Another valuable thing I walked away with was a sense of determination to change the field of art criticism. That sounds quite ambitious, but I was confident that the field needed renovation.

RB: What did you set out to accomplish as BLOUIN ARTINFO Canada’s inaugural editor? What surprising things did you learn about online publishing?

SG: I was able to shape that site with a voice that I felt was lacking in the Canadian art world. For the most part in Canada, opinions perceived as negative are shied away from, which I think is actually a disservice. I focused on evaluative writing, not with an academic voice, but one that nevertheless expected an intelligent audience.

RB: When did you decide you wanted to start something new and independent in Momus?

SG: The Canadian ARTINFO site was downsized, and I couldn’t keep operating it the way I wanted to. I realized that a similar job wasn’t waiting for me, and that I would probably have to invent it. I was hopeful I could hold onto my audience, and also take on a wider field, approaching Canadian art as part of an international conversation.

RB: What does the next year hold?

SG: There’s an adrenaline that carries you through your first year. You don’t look over your shoulder too much! I’m waking up from that dream right now. I have to work on growing our readership, and running the business in a sustainable way, without sacrificing our ethos, integrity and mandate.

RB: Do you have a mantra?

SG: Have a stake. Put some skin in the game.


Read the full interview with Sky Goodden in the Fall 2015 issue of Sketch.




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Alumni, faculty named in ARTINFO Canada's 30 Under 30 list

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:15pm

Alumna Sky Goodden (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2010), Executive Editor of ARTINFO Canada, has published the organization’s 2014 30 Under 30 list, which includes four OCAD U alumni and one faculty member.

“This year’s list is the product of long thought and good council,” said Goodden. “I’ve had input from 77 curators, artists, academics, collectors, gallerists, and writers nationwide, on the matter to hand.”

Included among this year’s selections are alumni Stefan Hancherow (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2013), Meryl McMaster (BFA, Photography 2010), Mary MacDonald, (MFA, Criticism & Curatorial Practice, 2012) and Caoimhe Morgan-Feir (MA, Contemporary Art History, 2012) as well as Faculty of Art Instructor Francisco-Fernando Granados.

See the full slideshow of ARTINFO Canada’s 30 Under 30 subjects.