Barry Schwabsky is the art critic of The Nation. Schwabsky has been writing about art for the magazine since 2005, and his essays have appeared in many other publications, including Flash Art (Milan), Artforum, the London Review of Books and Art in America. His books include The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting and several volumes of poetry, the most recent being Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail). Schwabsky has contributed to books and catalogs on artists such as Henri Matisse, Alighiero Boetti, Jessica Stockholder and Gillian Wearing, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, New York University, Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Yale University.
The beauty and muchness of Ai Weiwei’s art is often underwhelming.
Horror in Afghanistan… the great Charlie Mingus… field trip to the South Bronx
Sculpture as a study in disintegration.
Thomas Hirschhorn’s unmonumental monument to egalitarianism and Antonio Gramsci.
Two photographers focus on the difficulties of putting words to what one sees.
A painter who never lost sight of life’s being perpetually in transition.
In her printmaking the artist searched for a constantly elusive vision.
In defiance of its mission to preserve important works, the Museum of Modern Art has decided to raze the Folk Art building.
The Whitney’s adventurous, awkward attempt to explore abstract art through the blues.
The New Museum tries to explain why the city's art scene changed in 1993.