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 funky chaos of the 2009 Venice Biennale.
Do images understand us, the Pictures generation asked, more than we understand them?
Pierre Bonnard's late still lifes, on view at the Met, are lessons in unknowing.
Barbara Guest's Collected Poems showcase her knack
for catching sight of time in its act of escaping one's grasp.
The paintings of Marlene Dumas, at the Museum of Modern Art, and Barkley Hendricks, at the Studio Museum of Harlem.
Democratic Camera: William Eggleston's grand and gorgeous retrospective at the Whitney Museum.
A new collection of poems by Jack Spicer returns one of the great American visionaries to print.
Is a new, computer-generated poetry anthology as intriguing--and boring--as the lifework of any fairly prolific poet?
What we talk about when we talk about art.
The Louise Bourgeois retrospective at the Guggenheim.