Paul Laster is a New York desk editor at ArtAsiaPacific and a contributing editor at FLATT magazine, Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, and artBahrain. He was the founding editor of Artkrush.com and Artspace.com; started The Daily Beast‘s art section; and was previously art editor of Flavorpill.com and Russell Simmons OneWorld magazine. He is a frequent contributor to Time Out New York, Art in America, Modern Painters, ArtPulse, ArtInfo.com, New York Observer, and On-Verge.com and has written for Interview, Paper, Flash Art, Newsweek, Bomb Magazine, TheDailyBeast.com, 99percent.com, Avenue, Tema Celeste, amNew York, and Artnet.com.
A former adjunct curator at New York’s P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1), Laster has organized exhibitions for galleries and nonprofit institutions since 1985. His curatorial projects from the past decade+ include Altered States (2002) at Stux Gallery, New York; New York Stories at The Brewster Project (2003); The Inverse Mirror (2003) at Chambers Fine Art, New York; Word (2004) at the Bronx River Arts Center; Me, Myself & I (2004) at Florida Atlantic University Gallery, Boca Raton, FL; Co-dependent: Construction and Deconstruction (2005), Living Room, Miami; It’s a Beautiful Day (2006), Ise Cultural Foundation, New York; and Emotional Landscape (2006), Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; The Garden at 4AM (2009) at Gana Art New York; Driftworks: The Pratt MFA Show (2013) at Loft594, Bushwick; and Santero: Sculptural Works by Jorge A Valdes (2015) at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn.
An exhibiting artist, Paul Laster has had 17 solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe, and participated in numerous group shows worldwide. His works are in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Los Angeles County Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Gallery of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Finally, as a lecturer, Laster has spoken on art and curatorial practices and the use of the Internet and social media for building careers at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Sandberg Institute, New York University, New York’s School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, California Institute of the Arts, Otis Art Institute, University of California in Riverside and Santa Barbara, Florida Atlantic University, Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Brooklyn Museum, National Academy Museum, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Cyan Museum of Art, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Art Omi, Expo Chicago, the Armory Show, Art Chicago, New York Academy of Art, and the Outsider Art Fair.