A wide-ranging collection of texts on contemporary painting
by one of its most finest observer today.
In The Observer Effect: On Contemporary Painting
poet and critic Barry Schwabsky looks at the different directions that
painting has taken since the turn of the millennium. He deflates the
twentieth-century belief that abstraction
painting are dichotomous. Instead, Schwabsky argues, they are methods of
asking or answering the questions: What is painting? What can painting
become in an observer's encounter with it? This wide-ranging selection of
texts emphasizes the coextensive work the viewer brings to painting
alongside the artist—the construction of form and meaning.
Barry Schwabsky is the art critic of The Nation
. He has been writing about art for the magazine since 2005, and his essays have appeared in many other publications, including Flash Art
, the London Review of Books
and Art in America
. His books include The Widening Circle: Consequences of Modernism in Contemporary Art
, Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting
and several volumes of poetry, the most recent being Book Left Open in the Rain
(Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail). Schwabsky has contributed to books and catalogs on artists such as Henri Matisse, Alighiero Boetti
, Jessica Stockholder
and Gillian Wearing, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, New York University, Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Yale University.