Dave Hickey

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David Hickey (born December 5, 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas[1]) has written for many American publications including Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, and Vanity Fair. He was formerly Professor of English at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and Distinguished Professor of Criticism for the MFA Program in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico.

Biography[edit]

Hickey graduated from Texas Christian University in 1961 and received his MA from the University of Texas two years later. In 1989, SMU Press published Prior Convictions, a volume of his short fiction. He was owner-director of 'A Clean Well-Lighted Place', an art gallery in Austin, Texas and director of 'Reese Palley Gallery' in New York. He has served as Executive Editor for Art in America magazine, as contributing editor to The Village Voice, as Staff Songwriter for Glaser Publications in Nashville and as Arts Editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

He is known for his arguments against academicism and in favor of the effects of rough-and-tumble free markets on art. His critical essays have been published in two volumes: The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993) and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). In 2009, Hickey published a revised and updated version of The Invisible Dragon, adding an introduction that addressed changes in the art world since the book's original publication, as well as a new concluding essay. 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 elsewhere.

"I write love songs for people who live in a democracy," he has said.[2]

In 2015 Dave Hickey wrote the essay "War Is Beautiful, They Say" for the book "War is Beautiful: The New York Times Pictorial Guide to the Glamour of Armed Conflict" by David Shields. This essay described the painterly influences and inspirations behind several war photographs published by the New York Times.

Hickey is married to art historian Libby Lumpkin.

Awards and accolades[edit]

In 1994, Hickey received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism from the College Art Association.[3] In 2001, Dave Hickey became a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the so-called "genius grant." [4] In 2003, he was inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Friends of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.

Books[edit]

Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy[edit]

In 1997 Art Issues Press published Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy, a memoir containing 23 essays or "love songs" addressing his experiences as a music critic and an art dealer.

The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty[edit]

The Invisible Dragon was originally published in 1993 with a new revised and expanded edition published in 2012. It is a series of provocative essays that encourage readers to reconsider the role of beauty in art.

Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste[edit]

Pirates and Farmers was published by Ridinghouse in 2013, and featured essays by Hickey from 1999–2013. This newest body of short essays looks at contemporary phenomena including super-collectors, the trope of the biennale and the loss of looking.[5]

25 Women: Essays on Their Art[edit]

25 Women: Essays on Their Art was published by The University of Chicago Press in 2016, and featured essays by Hickey from the past twenty years. This newest body of short essays analyzes the work of Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Fiona Rae, Lynda Benglis, Karen Carson, and many others.[6]

Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation[edit]

Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation was published by PCP Press in 2016. It was compiled by art historian Julia Friedman. This book features almost 3,000 digital comments on social media, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes, and skeptics between June 2014 and April 2015. These writings highlight the impact of digital technology on the author and his online-audience. [7] [8] [9]

Dust Bunnies: Dave Hickey's Online Aphorisms June 2014 - March 2015[edit]

Dust Bunnies: Dave Hickey's Online Aphorisms June 2014 - March 2015 was published by PCP Press in 2016. It was compiled and edited by art historian Julia Friedman. This book is a 124-page collection of fragments selected from a vast digital discourse from Dave Hickey’s social media pages during June 2014 and March 2015. These writings highlight verbal riffs of Hickey blasting away at digital natives and his online-audience. [10] [11] [12] [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hickey, Dave". Current Biography Illustrated. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  2. ^ Hickey, Dave (1997) Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy The Foundation for Advanced Critical Studies, Inc., Los Angeles. ISBN 9780963726452
  3. ^ "Awards". The College Art Association. Retrieved 11 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Hickey, Dave. "MacArthur Fellows Program: Dave Hickey". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Hickey, Dave. "Pirates and Farmers". Ridinghouse. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Hickey, Dave. "25 Women: Essays on Their Art". The University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0226333159. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Hickey, Dave. Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation. Retrieved 10 January 2016.  PCP Press. ISBN 1517287103
  8. ^ Steadman, Ryan (20 January 2016). "Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books: Are we seeing a new form of art criticism?". Observer.com. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Panero, James (26 January 2016). "Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation, by Dave Hickey, edited by Julia Friedman (PCP Press) and Dust Bunnies: Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms, by Dave Hickey, edited by Julia Friedman (PCP Press)". newcriterion.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Hickey, Dave. Dust Bunnies: Dave Hickey's Online Aphorisms June 2014 - March 2015. PCP Press. ISBN 978-1523272662. Retrieved 10 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Steadman, Ryan (20 January 2016). "Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books: Are we seeing a new form of art criticism?". Observer.com. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  12. ^ Panero, James (26 January 2016). "Wasted Words: The Essential Dave Hickey Online Compilation, by Dave Hickey, edited by Julia Friedman (PCP Press) and Dust Bunnies: Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms, by Dave Hickey, edited by Julia Friedman (PCP Press)". newcriterion.com. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Selections of Dave Hickey’s Facebook Posts Have Been Published as a Book of Aphorisms Titled Dust Bunnies". Bookforum.com. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

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