Krauss, Rosalind Epstein (1941--) By Robbins, Christa Noel
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Rosalind Krauss is an art historian, critic, and theorist whose writing is focused on modern and contemporary art. First introduced to modernist art through the art collections that populate D.C., Krauss went on to earn her bachelors in art history at Wellesley College, before earning a doctorate in the field at Harvard University (1963–1969). Krauss’s doctoral thesis, which addressed the modernist sculptures of David Smith, was published under the title Terminal Iron Works in 1971, and remains one the most influential accounts of the sculptor’s work. While at Harvard she first met Michael Fried and, through Fried, Clement Greenberg; it was within their spheres of influence that she began to publish art criticism in journals such as Art International and Artforum while still in graduate school. In the early 1970s, Krauss broke publicly with the formalist criticism then being advanced by Greenberg and Fried. She has since become known for her advocacy and advancement of poststructuralist interpretations of art, as is represented in her editorial work for the journal October, which she co-founded in 1976.