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Craig Owens: Portrait of a Young Critic Available Now!


Badlands' latest title, Craig Owens: Portrait of a Young Critic by Lyn Blumenthal & Kate Horsfield is available now!

In 1984, art critic and theorist Craig Owens (1950–90) 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 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. The interview, newly edited and updated, is published here for the first time and tells the intimate story of one of the most compelling minds in art theory and criticism. With a preface by Kate Horsfield and introduction by novelist Lynne Tillman.

Their will be a book launch event at the New Museum on Friday March 2nd at 7PM with a panel featuring Lynne Tillman, Thomas Beard of Light Industry, Kate Horsfield, New Museum curator Johanna Burton, and Paul Chan. Tickets available here.

Image: Craig Owens seated in Barbara Kruger’s loft, New York, 1988. Photo: Barbara Kruger