Karen Wilkin

Karen Wilkin

Dicecream Magazine

Karen Wilkin (born 1940) is a New York-based independent curator and art critic specializing in 20th-century modernism.

She is an art historian, curator, and critic, educated at the High School of Music and Art, Barnard College, and Columbia University. 

David Smith, Drawing in Space

Ms. Wilkin has organized numerous exhibitions internationally and written monographs on David Smith, Helen Frankenthaler, Anthony Caro, Kenneth Noland, Stuart Davis, Giorgio Morandi, and George Braque, and is the co-author, with Clifford Ross, of The World of Edward Gorey.

George Braque, La guitare

Wilkin teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program of the New York Studio School.

Helen Frankenthaler

She is the Contributing Editor for Art for the Hudson Review and a regular contributor to The New Criterion, Art in America, and the Wall Street Journal.

Anthony Caro, Red Splash

She is the one who talking about and writing about historical exhibitions and as critic she is illuminate the work under discussion by attempting to identify both what makes it distinctive and tease out the artist’s intentions.


What to read and watch to learn more about Wilken's work:

Her review "the Best art of 2017" for Wall Street Journal.

Art criticism today for Brooklyn Rail.

Karen Wilkin: Less can be more (YouTube).