Donald Kuspit

Donald Kuspit


Donald Kuspit is one of America’s most distinguished art critics. Winner of the prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (1983), given by the College Art Association, Professor Kuspit is a Contributing Editor at ArtForum, Sculpture, and Tema Celeste magazines, and is on the advisory board of Centennial Review.

He has doctorates in philosophy (University of Frankfurt) and art history (University of Michigan), as well as degrees from Columbia University, Yale University and Pennsylvania State University. He has also completed the course of study at the Psychoanalytic Institute of the New York University Medical Center. He received honorary doctorates in fine arts from Davidson College (1993) and the San Francisco Institute of Art (1996). In 1997 the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design gave him a Citation for Distinguished Service to the Visual Arts. In 1998 he received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and in 2007 from the New York Academy of Art. In 2000 he delivered the Getty Lectures at the University of Southern California. He is professor of art history and philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and has been the A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University (1991-97). He has received fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Commission, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and Asian Cultural Council, among other organizations. Among his most recent achievements, Kuspit was elected the Robertson Fellow at the University of Glasgow (2005), he received the Tenth Annual Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Newington-Cropsey Foundation (2008), and was the first recipient of the Gabarron Foundation Award for Cultural Thought (2014).

He has written numerous articles, exhibition reviews, and catalogue essays, and lectures at many universities and art schools. He is on the advisory board of the Lucy Daniels Foundation for the psychoanalytic study of creativity.