Blog / Dave Hickey comes to the Nasher Museum


By Wendy

Dave Hickey was there with Andy Warhol at The Factory. He ran art galleries in New York and Austin, became executive editor of Art in America magazine and received a MacArthur “Genius” award. Newsweek calls his writing “exhilarating and deeply engaging.”
We are all excited to meet art critic and culture theorist Dave Hickey, who will present the annual Barbra and Andrew Rothschild Lecture on Thursday, January 14, at 7 p.m. The lecture will complement the exhibition Big Shots: Andy Warhol Polaroids. His 1993 collection of essays, The Invisible Dragon, made him a hero among artists and reviled among some art critics for his theory that the experience of looking at art should be pleasurable.

Hickey is an authority on such celebrated contemporary artists as Robert Gober, Ann Hamilton, Sol Lewitt, Joan Mitchell, Edward Ruscha, Richard Serra and Andy Warhol. Rolling Stone called his 1998 collection of critical essays, Air Guitar, as “enjoyable and provocative a book of criticism as anyone has published in years.” He contributes to numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, Art News, Artforum and The New York Times. As professor of art criticism and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Hickey lectures all over the country and is the author of forthcoming books on women artists, essays on art and democracy, a collection of his Art in America columns and a collection of stories with drawings by artist John DeFazio.

The lecture is made possible by Barbra and Andrew Rothschild.

IMAGE: Photograph by Christine Taylor.

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