Paul Gardner (writer)

Paul Gardner is an American writer and filmmaker living in New York City.


Gardner grew up in Pasadena and Los Angeles. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia.


Gardner was on staff of The New York Times for seven years as a writer-critic and assistant editor of Sunday Arts & Leisure.[1] In Paris, where he lived for over three years, he contributed theatre and film reviews to the Financial Times of London and worked on film projects with director Claude Chabrol, co-scripting Chabrol's Ten Days' Wonder (film) (La Décade prodigieuse),[2][3] which starred Orson Welles and Anthony Perkins.

He published a William Faulkner portrait published in A Faulkner Perspective for the Franklin Library; Lynn,[4][5] the memoirs of Royal Ballet star Lynn Seymour; Brooklyn: People and Places, Past and Present, a socio-cultural history of the famous borough; and Louise Bourgeois, a personal journey into the life of the acclaimed sculptor. Writing for a variety of periodicals, Gardner interviewed subjects as diverse as the Beatles (on their first visit to the U.S.A.), Howard Hawks in Palm Springs, and Leni Riefenstahl in Pöcking, Bayern.[6]

A founding board member of the Delaware Theatre Company,[7] Gardner helped launch the state's first regional theatre in Wilmington.

He co-produced the Art City series of three contemporary art documentaries[8] featuring artists Brice Marden, Elizabeth Murray (artist), Agnes Martin, and Neil Jenney, among others; and the visual profile, Richard Tuttle: Never Not an Artist. The films have been shown at festivals in Toronto, Montréal, Paris, and Naples, as well as at art museums throughout the world.



  • Lynn : The Autobiography of Lynn Seymour. London : Granada Publishing Ltd., 1984.
  • Brooklyn : People and Places, Past and Present (with Grace Glueck). New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1991.
  • Louise Bourgeois. New York : Rizzoli, 1994.

Selected essays, articles, and other worksEdit


As co-writerEdit

As co-producerEdit

  • Art City 1 : Making It in Manhattan (1996)
  • Art City 2 : Simplicity (2002)
  • Art City 3 : A Ruling Passion (2002)
  • Richard Tuttle : Never Not an Artist (2005)


  1. ^ Arthur Gelb. The City Room. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003
  2. ^ Jan Dawson, "10 Days Wonder", Sight & Sound, Autumn 1972
  3. ^ Richard Brody, "Ten Days Wonder", The New Yorker, December 10, 2018,
  4. ^ Jann Parry, "The Lost Ballerina", The [UK] Observer, April 29, 1984
  5. ^ Martin Bernheimer, "Memoirs of a Renegade Ballerina", The Los Angeles Times, June 2, 1985,
  6. ^ "Leni Riefenstahl", Vanity Fair, July 1984,
  7. ^ Delaware Theatre Company,
  8. ^ Philip Kennicott, "Compelling Film Portraits", The Washington Post, February 3, 2002,

Additional sourcesEdit

  • Alan Wells, editor. Mass Media and Society (Third Edition). California : Mayfield Publishing Company, 1979.
  • Deborah Jowitt. Jerome Robbins : His Life, His Theater, His Dance. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2004.
  • Mel Gussow. Edward Albee : A Singular Journey. New York : Applause, 2001.
  • Arthur Gelb. The City Room. New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003.
  • Alice Goldfarb Marquis. The Pop Revolution. Boston : MFA Publishing, 2010.