Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation. He also writes regularly for such publications as New Left Review and Artforum (where is co-editor of international reviews). He has taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, and Goldsmiths College (University of London), among others. His most recent books are a collection of critical essays on art writers and art writing, Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013) and a collection of poems, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, New York, 2015). In 2016 Verso (New York and London) will publish The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present, a selection of Schwabsky’s art criticism from The Nation.
Radiant and obscure, the art of Lynda Benglis and David Hammons has a way of hiding itself.
Martin Creed and Gabriel Orozco reduce the artistic gesture to the smallest effective intervention into reality.
The truly consequential choices an artist makes are never experienced as choice but as necessity.
Kurt Schwitters and Blinky Palermo made art that was deliberately elusive, that does not want to be pinned down.