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Barry Schwabsky

Art Critic

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 include collections of poems, Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, New York, 2015) and literary criticism, Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2018). In 2016 Verso (New York and London) published The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present, a selection of Schwabsky’s art criticism from The Nation.


  • BiographyOctober 18, 2007

    The Imperfectionist

    Reconsidering the life and legacy of avant-garde artist and poet Francis Picabia.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • Fine ArtMay 31, 2007

    Breaking and Entering

    Gordon Matta-Clark's art displays how empty spaces illuminate the structures they are housed in.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • Fine ArtDecember 14, 2006

    A Painter of Our Time

    Diego Velázquez was a restless innovator, a painter who slyly revealed the ordinariness of his exalted subjects--one is almost tempted to call him modern.

    Barry Schwabsky

  • BiographySeptember 28, 2006

    Modern Love

    Two new biographies of Clement Greenberg take the measure of an ambitious art critic who had a knack for predicting success.

    Barry Schwabsky

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  • Octoberfest

    Four editors of October magazine trace the history of contemporary art. Though Art Since 1900 seeks to be comprehensive, its writers leave out entire movements and impose moralistic judgments on the artists and art they profile.

    Barry Schwabsky

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