B.A., Rutgers University (English)
M.A., Johns Hopkins University (Creative Writing)
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (Art History)
Independent critic. Art critic, New York Times (1982–91). Curated exhibitions of Magdalena Abakanowicz, P.S.1 (1993); Ryoji Koie, Gallery at Takashimaya (1994); and Jonathan Silver, Sculpture Center (1995). Publications include Visionaries and Outcasts: The NEA, Congress, and the Place of the Visual Artist in America (2001); Sol LeWitt: Concrete Block Structures (2002); Acts of Engagement: Writings on Art, Criticism, and Institutions, 1993–2002 (2004); edited (with Mary Jane Jacob) Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art (1998); edited (with Rhea Anastas), Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne (2006); museum catalogues on Elizabeth Catlett, Mel Edwards, Alberto Giacometti, Gillian Jagger, Maya Lin, Juan Muñoz, Martin Puryear, and David Smith; and numerous other essays on modern and contemporary sculpture, public art, art criticism, and contemporary art and its institutions. Getty Scholar (1999). University of Wisconsin Art Institute Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residence (2004). Guggenheim Fellow (2008). Sculpture faculty Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts (1999 to the present). Currently writing a biography of David Smith to be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.