Curatorial Statement


Q&A with Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey

Dave Hickey is a freelance writer of fiction and cultural criticism. He is professor of Art Criticism and Theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and contributing editor to Art Issues magazine in Los Angeles. He has served as owner/director of A Clean Well-Lighted Place gallery in Austin, Texas; as director of the Reese Palley Gallery in New York City; as executive editor of Art in America; and as contributing editor to The Village Voice. Mr. Hickey has written for major publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harper's Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.

Dave Hickey's critical essays on art have been collected in two volumes published by Art Issues Press. The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993) is in its sixth printing, and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1998) is now in its third printing. Both books of essays have had a significant impact on contemporary art criticism. Dave Hickey's latest book, Stardumb, featuring stories by Hickey and artwork by John de Fazio, was published in 1999 by Artspace Books, San Francisco.

Lecturing extensively at universities and art institutions, Dave Hickey has an international reputation as an art personality. He has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, Texas Monthly, and other publications. Interviews with Hickey have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Bomb, New Art Examiner, and other newspapers and journals, and have been presented on PBS television and National Public Radio stations.

Dave Hickey most recently curated Ultralounge: The Return of Social Space (with Cocktails). The exhibition featured the works of 11 young Las Vegas and Los Angeles-based artists. Organized by and held at DiverseWorks Artspace in Houston, Texas, in 1998, the successful Ultralounge traveled to The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, and was on exhibit January 14 - March 3, 2000.

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