Rosalind E. Krauss

Rosalind E. Krauss

Fellow: Awarded 1970
Field of Study: Fine Arts Research

Competition: US & Canada

Education: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Rosalind Krauss is currently a University Professor of twentieth-century art and theory at Columbia University.  Ms. Krauss received her B.A. from Wellesley College, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1969. Her career as a preeminent theorist, critic, and art historian spans many decades.  Ms. Krauss has taught at Wellesley College, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hunter College, Princeton University, and at The Graduate Center at the City University of New York before joining the Columbia faculty in 1992.  She is a co-founder of the journal October, a leading publication of contemporary art criticism edited by some of today’s most distinguished theorists.    Ms. Krauss has also published articles on a regular basis in Art International, Art in America, and Artforum.  Her books include Terminal Iron Works: The Sculpture of David Smith (MIT Press, 1971), The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths (MIT Press, 1986), and The Optical Unconscious (MIT Press, 1994), as well as the art history textbook Art Since 1900 (Thames & Hudson, 2005), which she co-authored with other October editors.

Ms. Krauss has curated several exhibitions, including exhibitions on Richard Serra at the Museum of Modern Art and on Joan Miró at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, on surrealist photography at the Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, D.C., and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.  She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to study the ideological underpinnings of Surrealist sculpture, film, and painting, in an endeavor to find unifying elements of a movement art historians had previously regarded as full of incongruous creative work. 

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