Barbara Hess, born 1964, lives in Cologne as an art historian, critic and translator. Since 1994 she has published numerous articles on contemporary art, for publications including Camera Austria, Flash Art, Kunst-Bulletin and Texte zur Kunst. Together with Ulrike Groos and Ursula Wevers, she curated the touring exhibition "Ready to Shoot. Fernsehgalerie Gerry Schum/videogalerie schum" (2003/04; venues included the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and the Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris). For TASCHEN she has written a monograph on Willem de Kooning.