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.
How did craft become a calling that dare not speak its name?
Rafael Ferrer and Christian Marclay prize an aesthetic of spontaneous responsiveness irrespective of subject.
Art School (Propositions for the 21st Century); Ch-ch-ch-changes: Artists Talk about Teaching; Curating and the Educational Turn
In the film projects of Tacita Dean, everything is just about to disappear.
"Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-1917" makes some of Modernism's most familiar paintings seem unresolved and difficult again.
Christen Købke painted the presence of things—buildings, faces, skies—as the presence of enigma.
This year's Whitney Biennial fails to address the question of which art pertains to our time rather than any other.
A historical parallel that might add to Cole's well-put points, particularly regarding lawyers defending Guantánamo detainees: John Adams agreed to serve as defense attorney for the British soldiers who fired on Americans in the Boston Massacre. He believed it strengthened the American cause to give the British soldiers a fair trial.
The visual art of the Black Atlantic explores an ambivalence that exceeds double consciousness.
Charles Juliet's Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde; Matthew Spender's Arshile Gorky: Goats on the Roof: A Life in Letters and Documents; Zak Smith's We Did Porn: Memoir and Drawings.