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Nadja Sayej

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Nadja Sayej is a culture journalist, book author and celebrity interviewer[1]. She is the founder and host of ArtStars* TV[2] and is a regular contributor to The Guardian[3] and The New York Times[4]. She is the author of The Celebrity Interview Book[5].


Sayej started her career at The Globe and Mail newspaper in Toronto reporting on arts and culture[6]. In 2009, she started a YouTube show called ArtStars* TV, where she has interviewed artists like Peaches[7], Julian Schnabel,[8] John Waters[9] and Gilbert & George.[10] Sayej is noted for her “bubbly wit[11]” her “electrifying[12]” and ballsy personality[13] for crashing gallery openings[14]. Sayej has been described as a performance journalist[15] and a video blog queen[16] for comedic and explosive interviews[17]. She has called her approach Gonzo art criticism.[18]

In 2011, Sayej interviewed American cartoonist Robert Crumb for VICE Magazine[19] on his cover scandal with The New Yorkerr[20]. Crumb severed ties with the magazine in 2009[21] after he wasn't given a rejection for his gay marriage artwork depicting a drag queen and king in front of a marriage-license clerk[22].

In 2012, Sayej became known for a viral blog post on the ArtStars* blog calling out Documenta 13 curator Carolyn Christov Bakargiev's "press kit from hell"[23] which had 18 photos of the curator. She was noted for challenging the curator at the Documenta press conference[24] and coining the term "curator porn"[25].

Sayej has interviewed numerous celebrities including Susan Sarandon[26], Jean Paul Gaultier,[27] Pamela Anderson,[28] Dita Von Teese, [29] Yoko Ono, [30] Alyssa Milano[31], Bruce LaBruce, [32] Patti Smith[33], Bill Nye [34] and the first ever jpg interview with Douglas Coupland[35].

She has written on a number of topics including sexual misconduct in the art world[36] and fighting the gender imbalance on Wikipedia[37].

Her book The Celebrity Interview Book features interviews with 21 celebrities, which has been called witty[38], raw[39] and filled with comedic anecdotes[40].


  • Biennale Bitch
  • The Celebrity Interview Book


  1. Shapiro, Eileen (2017-10-23). "Interview: Nadja Sayej : "The Celebrity Interview Book". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  2. https://www.youtube.com/user/artstarstv. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Nadja Sayej". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  4. "Nadja Sayej". The New York Times. 2016-04-08. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  5. Sayej, Nadja (2017-09-28). The Celebrity Interview Book. Blurb, Incorporated. ISBN 9781389577765. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. "Stalking the stars: 'This is my high'". Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  7. ARTSTARSTV (2011-02-16), ArtStars* 53 - Peaches, retrieved 2018-05-21
  8. ARTSTARSTV (2012-05-03), ArtStars* 66 - Julian Schnabel, retrieved 2018-05-21
  9. ARTSTARSTV (2011-06-20), ArtStars* 57 - John Waters, retrieved 2018-05-21
  10. ARTSTARSTV (2011-05-18), ArtStars* 55 - Gilbert and George, retrieved 2018-05-21
  11. Rud, Ida (2012-03-26). "Double-D diva: Nadja Sayej". EXBERLINER.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  12. "Nadja Sayej: My Berlin". globalblue. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  13. "*SNAP* Bring it on Bitches!
    Nadja Sayej makes Art Criticism Conversational | Berlin Art Link"
    . Berlin Art Link. 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  14. "THIS → Listen to This #010: Nadja Sayej and Krzysztof Pospieszynski of ArtStars*". this.org. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  15. "He camps, he drinks: Long live the hoser dude". Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  16. "NADJA SAYEJ: VIDEO BLOG QUEEN TAKING THE ART WORLD BY AMBUSH | Dirty Magazine". dirty-mag.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  17. "Center Stage in Toronto - Art in America". Art in America. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  18. "Living in a Red Dot Hell: Nadja Sayej aka Snowe White and Art Criticism on Your iPod | Temporary Art Review". temporaryartreview.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  19. "The Gayest Story Ever Told". Vice. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  20. Abramovitch, Seth. "Was R. Crumb's New Yorker Cover on Gay Marriage Worthy of Rejection?". Gawker. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  21. "R. Crumb's Rejected Same-Sex Marriage New Yorker Cover Revealed". Gothamist. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  22. "Jeremy Warner's Outlook: When it comes to high gas prices, Centrica is". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  23. "Curator Porn: Documenta (13) and the Press Kit from Hell". ArtStars*. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  24. "Participant Observation". www.artforum.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  25. Tanni, Valentina (2012-04-26). "Curatori esibizionisti? Una blogger accusa Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev di mettere in ombra gli artisti puntando i riflettori solo su se stessa. E inventa il "curator porn"… | Artribune". Artribune (in italiano). Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  26. Sayej, Nadja (2015-12-29). "Susan Sarandon's Christmas with refugees: 'I want to humanise the issue'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  27. "jean paul gaultier on making his childhood dreams come true". I-d. 2016-09-26. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  28. "Pamela Anderson Is Here to Save Your Sex Life". PAPER. 2018-04-30. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  29. "Dita Von Teese On Her New Beauty Bible, "Your Beauty Mark"". PAPER. 2015-12-03. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  30. "We Interviewed Yoko Ono on Her 80th Birthday". Vice. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  31. Sayej, Nadja (2017-12-01). "Alyssa Milano on the #MeToo movement: 'We're not going to stand for it any more'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  32. "Gay porn provocateur Bruce LaBruce gets a MOMA show". Macleans.ca. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  33. Sayej, Nadja (2016-03-02). "Patti Smith: 'I'm not trying to change the world with photography'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  34. Sayej, Nadja (2017-07-25). "Bill Nye: 'You can shoot the messenger but climate is still changing'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  35. "A JPEG Interview with Douglas Coupland". Vice. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  36. Sayej, Nadja (2017-10-31). "'It's hurting everyone': the truth about sexual misconduct in the art world". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  37. Sayej, Nadja (2018-03-15). "Wikipedia's forgotten women: inside the editing marathon to fix imbalance". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  38. "Why the Art World Is Excited About Snowe White and Her Glorious Celebrity Interviews | TheArtGorgeous". www.theartgorgeous.com. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  39. "The Celebrity Interview Book (Volume 1)" (in Deutsch). Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  40. Shapiro, Eileen (2017-10-23). "Interview: Nadja Sayej : "The Celebrity Interview Book". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-21.

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