David Antin was an American poet, critic and performance artist. Antin was born in New York City in 1932. After graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School, he earned his B.A. from City College of New York in 1955 and his M.A. from New York University in 1966.
He spent the first ten years of his career (1955-1964) as a translator of both scientific texts and fiction. By the late 1950’s he had begun to experiment with writing fiction and poetry, with his first published work appearing in the Kenyon Review in 1959.
By the early 1960’s, Antin had developed significantly, both as a poet and as an art critic, and it has been said that his articles about Andy Warhol and Robert Morris (in 1965) were among the first truly analytical writings about either artist.