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.
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.
Even when painting is abstract, it never ceases to be concerned with decoration.
MoMA’s monumental exhibition recalls the time when abstraction affected people like love or revolution.
How working in hotels led Henri Matisse and Ian Wallace to rediscover the intoxicating purity of light.
The Canadian artist who transformed the Vancouver art scene.
Why two artists use a printer to make paintings without using paint.
Richard Tuttle’s sculpture seems to proclaim “No spirit but in things.”