What I have always tried to do is think in ways that allow me to become an interesting person, like how I am always attracted to inner-resting [Delmore Schwartz’s pronunciation] people. Whatever else follows is a matter of luck.

Phong Bui is an artist, writer, independent curator, and co-founder and artistic director of The Brooklyn Rail, for which he contributes essays, reviews, interviews, and creates portraits of each month's featured interviewees.


I believe we will all rise above this time with a greater purpose in life and art.

Phong H. Bui is a multifaceted citizen of the New York art world. Roberta Smith, in her review of Come Together: Surviving Sandy in the New York Times likened him to, “[In] Jane Jacobs’s words, ‘people with ideas of their own,’ who help keep a city alive and moving forward on countless fronts in art and in life.”


He was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine in 2014 and a “ringmaster” of the “Kings County art world” by The New York Observer in 2015. In addition to being an artist, writer,...