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Karen Wilkin

Karen Wilkin is an independent curator and critic. The author of monographs on Stuart Davis, David Smith, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Helen Frankenthaler, Giorgio Morandi, and Hans Hofmann, she has organized exhibitions of their work internationally. She is a Contributing Editor for Art for the Hudson Review and contributes regularly to the New Criterion and the Wall Street Journal.  Ms. Wilkin teaches in the New York Studio School's M.F.A program.

David Smith: a Centennial

In 1943, reviewing a group show of sculpture at Buchholz and Willard Galleries for The Nation, Clement Greenberg wrote that David Smith’s work “puts in the shade almost everything else.”

Re: Art Criticism Today

Artists made me an art critic—not a theorist, essayist, or reviewer; blogging hadn’t been invented when I started writing criticism, nor had the Internet, which probably defines my point of view, in many ways. I was working as a museum curator in Western Canada (a long story), visiting studios, responding to the work I saw, organizing shows, and writing catalogue essays.

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