Carlo McCormick

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Carlo McCormick

Carlo McCormick is an American culture critic and curator living in New York City.[1] He is the author of numerous books,[2] monographs and catalogues on contemporary art and artists.[3]

Pedagogic and art writing activities[edit]

McCormick was Senior Editor of Paper.[4]

He lectures and teaches extensively at universities and colleges around the United States on popular culture and art. His writing has appeared in Effects : Magazine for New Art Theory, Aperture, Art in America, Art News, Artforum,[5] Camera Austria, High Times, Spin, Tokion, Vice and other magazines.

He appears in an on-camera interview in the 2017 documentary film Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Sara Driver that contains extensive coverage of Colab, The Real Estate Show, The Times Square Show and ABC No Rio.

The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984[edit]

McCormick was guest curator of the exhibition The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984 (in consultation with Lynn Gumpert, and Marvin J. Taylor) that was held at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library from January 10 until April 1, 2006.[6] The exhibition examined the rich cross-section of artists and activities that coexisted and often overlapped in Lower Manhattan between 1974 and 1984. Emerging out of the deflated optimism of the Summer of Love (and energized by the enactment of the loft laws that made it legal for artists to live in downtown New York's industrial spaces) the Downtown no wave scene attracted painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, performance art, filmmakers, and writers who could afford the then-low rent lofts and Lower East Side tenement apartments.

The Downtown Show: the New York Art Scene from 1974 to 1984 show traveled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (May 20 to September 3, 2006) and the Austin Museum of Art, in Austin, Texas (November 18, 2006, to January 28, 2007). It was chosen as first place winner by the International Association of Art Critics/USA (AICA USA) for best thematic show in New York City in 2005-2006.

Other curatorial activities[edit]

In 1985, McCormick curated the Tellus #8 USA/Germany issue of Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine.[7] McCormick has also curated art shows for the Bronx Museum of Art, the Queens Museum of Art and the Woodstock Center for Photography, and collaborated with The Museum of Sex on their exhibition Punk Lust: Raw Provocation 1971-1985, featuring visuals chronicling the emergence of punk subculture and punk music.[8][9]


  1. ^ Hager, Steve. Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene. St. Matins Press, 1986. p. 146
  2. ^ "[1]" Carlo McCormick on Amazon Accessed 24 July 2020
  3. ^ "Carlo McCormick". Taschen. Accessed 7 April 2017
  4. ^ "Carlo McCormick and Jeffrey Deitch discuss the art world at Apex art" accessed 15 May 2017
  5. ^ Charlene Spretnak, The Spiritual Dynamic in Modern Art : Art History Reconsidered, 1800 to the Present, Palgrave Macmillan, (2014) p. 135
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  7. ^ [2] Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine: Tellus #8 - USA/Germany archived at Ubuweb.
  9. ^ [3] Carlo McCormick picks the 10 pieces that cemented the radical legacy of a game-changing art scene

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [4] Carlo McCormick interview published on March 4, 2019, by New York Said Podcast
  • [5] Carlo McCormick at MoMA on KAWS and his art collection
  • [6] Carlo McCormick ARTE Interview concerning the history of graffiti artists in New York City