Barbara Rose

American art historian

Barbara Ellen Rose[1] (June 11, 1936 – December 25, 2020)[2] was an American art historian, art critic, curator, college professor, and filmmaker.[3][4] She was born in Washington, D.C.. She wrote the screenplay for the 1977 documentary North Star: Mark di Suvero. Rose wrote for Vogue, Art in America, Artforum, and Partisan Review.

Rose died on December 25, 2020, from problems caused by breast cancer in Concord, New Hampshire, aged 84.[5]


  1. Sorensen, Lee (21 February 2018). "Rose, Barbara E." Dictionary of Art Historians.
  2. "Barbara Rose Obituary (2020)". The Washington Post. 27 December 2020.
  3. "Barbara Rose" (PDF). The Museum of Modern Art. 1983.
  4. Herriman, Kat (as told to) (23 September 2016). "Barbara Rose discusses "Painting After Postmodernism: Belgium – USA"". Artforum.
  5. Solomon, Deborah (27 December 2020). "Barbara Rose, Critic and Historian of Modern Art, Dies at 84". The New York Times.