"Craig Owens's commentaries changed the discourse around contemporary art."
In 1984, art critic and theorist Craig Owens gave a wide-ranging
interview to Lyn Blumenthal and Kate Horsfield for their extraordinary
video series On Art and Artists. At once personal, political, and
forward-thinking, Owens recounts his experiences with Rosalind
Krauss and the founding of the journal October, the Pictures generation
of artists and critics, and his evolving understanding of the art
market and how it impacts the thinking around art itself. Along the
way, he talks about his own journey from a small town in western
Pennsylvania to the Off-Broadway theater world of New York in the
1970s, and offers insights into his own struggles grappling with the
aesthetic and political contradictions haunting contemporary art—as
relevant now as they were then. Newly edited and annotated, Craig
Owens: Portrait of a Young Critic tells the intimate story of one of the
most compelling minds in art theory and criticism, and includes a
preface by Kate Horsfield and an introduction by Lynne Tillman.
Book Launch March 2nd, 7PM at the New Museum. Panel with Lynne Tillman, Thomas Beard of Light Industry, Kate Horsfield, moderated by Johanna Burton & Paul Chan. More info & tickets here.