Raphael Rubinstein will serve as the Hoffberger School of Paintings Critic in Residence for the Fall of 2013. Raphael was born in Lawrence, Kansas in 1955. He received his B.A. Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 1979. He was the Senior Editor of Art in America from 1997-2007, managing Editor of Flash Art International and is a Contributing Editor of Lacanian Ink. Currently Professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston, Raphael was awarded the distinction of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government in 2002.
His 2003 Art in America article "A Quiet Crisis" called on critics to take a hard look at their own practice, a project he continued with his 2006 anthology Critical Mess. He is the author of numerous books including The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces, Make Now, 2007 (poems) Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice, (editor and contributor),Hard Press, 2006, En Quête de Miracle: cinquante épisodes extraits des annales de l'art contemporain, trans. Marcel Cohen, Editions Grèges, Montpellier, 2004, Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990-2002, Hard Press, 2003 Postcards from Alphaville, Hard Press, West Stockbridge, 1999 (autobiographical prose), Peintures Croisées, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1997 (selected art criticism in French translation), The Basement of the Café Rilke, Hard Press, West Stockbridge, 1996 (poems). In July 2010 Raphael started his blog The Silo, which received an Art Writers grant this year from the Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation.
Though he has curated numerous exhibitions including those for P.S. 1 and the Thread Waxing Space, "Provisional Painting" at Stuart Shave/Modern Art in London last Spring put him in the spotlight when its title became the latest buzzword. His criticism has appeared in most contemporary art magazines and he has written monographs on Wangechi Mutu," for the Art Gallery of Ontario, "Miguel Angel Rios," for the Blaffer Museum, Houston, "Jane Hammond," for the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris "Terry Winters: Recent Work," for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and "Heide Fasnacht: A Poetics of Catastrophe", for the Virginia Commonwealth University.