Donald Kuspit

2008

Donald Kuspit, recipient of the Newington-Cropsey Cultural Studies Center Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2008, is Distinguished Professor emeritus of Art History and Philosophy at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.  Mr. Kuspit is a longtime and insightful critic of postmodernism and champion of a return to beauty, craftsmanship and humanistic values in the arts.

Mr. Kuspit has been a contributing editor at ArtforumSculpture and New Art Examiner magazines, as well as editor of Art Criticism and a series on American art and criticism for Cambridge University Press. He was honored with the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983), given by the College Art Association, and with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to Visual Arts (1997), presented by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Mr. Kuspit has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Foundation, among others.

He also acted as editorial adviser for European art 1900–50 for the Encyclopaedia Britannica (16th edition) and contributed the art criticism entry. Mr. Kuspit has written more than twenty books, including Idiosyncratic Identities: Artists at the End of the Avant-Garde (1996), Redeeming Art: Critical Reveries (2000), The Rebirth of Painting in the Late Twentieth Century (2000), Psychostrategies of Avant-Garde Art (2000) and The End of Art (2004), as well as three volumes of poetry and numerous articles.