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.
With its new building, the Whitney Museum is now the best place to see modern and contemporary art in New York City.
MoMA’s “Forever Now” trumpets art with a shallow sense of tradition.
Mutualize Uber?… what a mensch!… too broad a brush… make ’em care!… nobody does it better…
Why the painter’s late work veers from the sloppy to the sublime.
The eloquent silences of Albert York and Judith Scott.
Must art confront ugly realities with an ugliness of its own?
With his cutouts, Henri Matisse tried to free himself from gravity.
How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?
Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.