Dr. Marek Bartelik is a Polish-born, New York-based art critic, art historian and poet. He is the current President of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA, 2011-2017) and a former President of AICA USA (2007-2011). After initially training as a civil engineer at Columbia University, he switched subjects, ending up with a PhD in art history from the City University of New York.
Bartelik has taught modern and contemporary art at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Sciences and Art in New York since 1996, is a Visiting Professor at Yale University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was Graduate Critic-in-Residence at the Maryland International College of Art in Baltimore (2004-2012).
As a freelance critic, Bartelik has reviewed exhibitions from all over the world for Artforum, as well as contributing to numerous journals, such as Art in America and the Brooklyn Rail and publications in Poland, Sweden, Taiwan, and elsewhere. His major publications include The Sculpture of Ursula von Rydingsvard (New York, 1996, with Dore Ashton and Matti Megged), Early Polish Modern Art (Manchester, UK, 2005), and Mark Rothko (Warsaw), in addition to volumes of poetry in Polish and English.
Bartelik has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally, at MoMA, New York, the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw, the Henry Moore Foundation in Leeds, and museums and institutions as far afield as in Argentina, Brazil, Peru, The Netherlands, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Korea.