Barry Schwabsky

Art Critic

Barry Schwabsky is the art critic of The Nation.

Under Pressure

Under Pressure Under Pressure

How much of the pressure of reality can a work of art bear before it ceases to be art?

Sep 23, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Hope Against Hope

Hope Against Hope Hope Against Hope

Jeff Koons and the art of blissful idiocy; Kara Walker’s art of subtlety.

Aug 27, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Shelf Life

Shelf Life Shelf Life

Trevor Winkfield is a connoisseur of the original, spare and strange.

Aug 12, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

The Birth of Bad Taste

The Birth of Bad Taste The Birth of Bad Taste

Why Italian Mannerists like Rosso Fiorentino were painting’s first avant-garde.

Jul 2, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Favorite Hallucinations

Favorite Hallucinations Favorite Hallucinations

Did Chris Marker think history to be not only an infinite book but a sacred one?

May 21, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Higher Beings Commanded

Higher Beings Commanded Higher Beings Commanded

A quartet of shows at MoMA decoct enlightenment from the banal.

Apr 30, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Sculpting With Color

Sculpting With Color Sculpting With Color

Ed Clark and Lynda Benglis are still making art on a grand scale.

Apr 22, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Past, Present, Futurism

Past, Present, Futurism Past, Present, Futurism

The Guggenheim’s Futurism exhibition and the Whitney Biennial offer competing visions of present-mindedness.

Apr 2, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Whistler’s Battles

Whistler’s Battles Whistler’s Battles

Ambitious beneath his pose of indolence, James McNeill Whistler was the most contradictory of artists.

Feb 19, 2014 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Letters Letters

Hunger games?… Snowden: necessity defense… “permission to fail”… “Czars & Samovars” redux…

Feb 19, 2014 / Letters / Our Readers and Barry Schwabsky

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