Steve Barnes

Critical Art Ensemble

Emerging Fields, 2002

In 1986, Steve Barnes and Steve Kurtz and began a collaboration to make low-tech videos with students. They credited each person who contributed to the productions under the signature of Critical Art Ensemble. The collective has written seven books, and its writings have been translated into 18 languages. Its work has been covered by art journals, including Artforum, Kunstforum, and The Drama Review. Critical Art Ensemble is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant, the 2004 John Lansdown Award for Multimedia and the 2004 Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation.

Awards and Accomplishments


Critical Art Ensemble receives an Arts Matters Foundation Grant


Critical Art Ensemble is featured in the Whitney Biennial