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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 recent books include two collections of poetry, Feelings of And (Black Square Editions, New York, 2022) and Water from Another Source (Spuyten Duyvil, New York, 2023). 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.

  • 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