Acknowledgements; Introduction essay by Barry Schwabsky; Artists pages: 320 pages, 114 artists, 480 illustrations; Index; Illustration credits
Barry Schwabsky is a regular editor and contributor to Artforum magazine, and has worked as an editor and contributor to various other contemporary art magazines for many years. In his writing and criticism, painting is often privileged over other art mediums and young painters do often attract his attention. He contributed to Phaidon's Jessica Stockholder in the Contemporary Artists series in 1995. He has taught at the Yale School of Art and at New York University, amongst other institutions. He recently moved from New York to London, where he is Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmith's College.
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