Barry Schwabsky

Art Critic

Barry Schwabsky is the art critic of The Nation.

A History of Salvage

A History of Salvage A History of Salvage

The Met’s “History Refused to Die” exhibition rewrites the art history of the American South through a group of self-taught practitioners.

Oct 18, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

The Women of Impressionism

The Women of Impressionism The Women of Impressionism

Mary Cassatt, Elizabeth Nourse, Berthe Morisot, and Rosa Bonheur were as central to Impressionism’s shifting and often contradictory currents as their male counterparts.

Aug 30, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Mel Chin’s Social Surrealism

Mel Chin’s Social Surrealism Mel Chin’s Social Surrealism

Lamentations and revivals.

Aug 2, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

The Standard of Pure Abstraction

The Standard of Pure Abstraction The Standard of Pure Abstraction

The painters Joe Overstreet and James Little subvert the demands of representation.

May 24, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Joan Jonas’s Fragments

Joan Jonas’s Fragments Joan Jonas’s Fragments

More than anything else, time itself is the material Jonas works with, manipulating it as a sculptor might mold clay.

Apr 19, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

John Ashbery’s Day Job

John Ashbery’s Day Job John Ashbery’s Day Job

The poet as art critic.

Mar 14, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Blunt Statements

Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Blunt Statements Daniel Joseph Martinez’s Blunt Statements

What does it mean for an American artist to make photographs using the image of the German revolutionary Ulrike Meinhof?

Feb 23, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Margins and the Mainstream at the New Museum’s ‘Trigger’

Margins and the Mainstream at the New Museum’s ‘Trigger’ Margins and the Mainstream at the New Museum’s ‘Trigger’

As something that confutes the distinction between fact and fiction, gender is fundamentally congruent with art and aesthetics.

Jan 26, 2018 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Before Romare Bearden’s Collages

Before Romare Bearden’s Collages Before Romare Bearden’s Collages

The painter’s little-known abstract period was not an end, but a method of discovery.

Dec 21, 2017 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

Dana Schutz, After the Whitney Biennial

Dana Schutz, After the Whitney Biennial Dana Schutz, After the Whitney Biennial

A recent show of Schutz's work sheds light on a facet of her art that connects Open Casket to the rest of her paintings.

Nov 17, 2017 / Books & the Arts / Barry Schwabsky

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