Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies
Public Events and Book-Signings

Next Saturday! Feb 13 from 4-6pm ▸ Julia Friedman Book-Signing with Art Catalogues (LACMA) at The 2016 Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair — The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA bit.ly/1ogDLGx

• Saturday, February 13 from 4:00 – 6:00pm
Julia Friedman Book Signing with Art Catalogues (LACMA) at
The 2016 Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Los Angeles, CA
..2016 LA Art Book Fair — Book Signing List: bit.ly/1mm4job

• Saturday, March 5 from 6pm – 9pm
Dave Hickey In Conversation with Julia Friedman at
Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center (CAC)
Las Vegas, NV

• Thursday, March 31
Julia Friedman
Lecture and Book Signing at
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
Scottsdale, AZ

• Friday, April 15
Dave Hickey
In Conversation with Julia Friedman at
SITE Sante Fe
Santa Fe, NM

To Schedule An Event Contact: info@pcppress.com
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List of Past Events and Invited Lectures: click here
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Press, Reviews and Media For Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies by Dave Hickey — Compiled and Edited by Julia Friedman

James Panero (The New Criterion) Critic's Notebook for January 25, 2016, Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman, Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies

The New Criterion ▸ James PaneroCritic’s Notebook, January 25: “Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman, Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies?”
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Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books: Are we seeing a new form of art criticism? By Ryan Steadman • 01/20/16 • Observer.com

Observer.com ▸ Ryan Steadman, January 20: “Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books: Are we seeing a new form of art criticism?” 


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Bookforum.com, Paper Trail, Selections of Dave Hickey’s Facebook Posts Have Been Published, January 18

Bookforum.com, Paper Trail, January 18 : Selections of Dave Hickey’s Facebook Posts Have Been Published


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Paper.li, Art World Press: Today’s Top Stories, Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books, January 23

Paper.li ▸ Williams E. Pratt: Art World Press: Today’s Top Stories,  January 23: “Art Critic Dave Hickey’s Facebook Rants Now the Subject of Two Books

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SettlersandNomads.com, February 2016 News: New Books by Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman, February
SettlersandNomads.com, February 2016 News:
New Books by Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman

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My Two New Books With Dave Hickey:
Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies (2016)

Wasted Words by Dave Hickey
WASTED WORDS

The Essential Dave Hickey
Online Compliation

Compiled by Julia Friedman

586 pgs | 7.5 x 9.25″ | Paperback
$42.95 Amazon
£29.03 Amazon.uk
Amazon.eu Gateways: Click Here

First Edition Published January 2016 PCP Press.
All Rights Reserved.
Cover photograph by Laura Ortman
Used by permission of the artist.
ISBN-13: 978-1517287108 | ISBN-10: 1517287103

 

Overview


Between June 2014 and April 2015, a bedridden Dave Hickey posted almost 3,000 digital comments on social media, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes, and skeptics. Wasted Words is an unedited comprehensive transcript of these exchanges. This polyphonic digital discourse reveals the range of Hickey’s strong opinions, as he embarks on a crypto-enlightenment project for the benefit of “dunces” and “pricks.”

Dave Hickey’s digital writings highlight the impact of digital technology on culture, while allowing a more intimate glimpse of their author. These writings reveal the well-known critic in a creative-informal, rather than critical-formal, mode. Not only do they flesh out many of the ideas elucidated in Hickey’s essays on art, but they also cover a variety of topics, including the year 1972, Texas Eagle Scouts, and Hickey’s own academic misadventures.
Wasted Words by Dave Hickey
DUST BUNNIES

Dave Hickey’s Online Aphorisms
June 2014 – March 2015

Compiled and Edited by Julia Friedman

124 pgs | 5 x 8″ | Paperback
$14.95 Amazon
£10.12 Amazon.uk
Amazon.eu Gateways: Click Here

First Edition Published January 2016 PCP Press.
All Rights Reserved.
ISBN-13: 978-1523272662 | ISBN-10: 152327266X

 

Overview


Dustbunnies is an assemblage of “swept up” fragments that came from a vast digital discourse that took place in Dave Hickey’s social media space between June 2014 and March 2015. During that time Hickey posted almost 3,000 comments, prompting nearly 700,000 words in response from art lovers, acolytes and skeptics. Wasted Words, the resulting volume, is an unedited comprehensive transcript of these exchanges. Its pendant publication, Dustbunnies, distills Hickey’s richly aphoristic comments, extracted from various discussion threads.

Unlike Wasted Words, which is inherently contextual and discursive, Dustbunnies stresses the timeless character of Hickey’s unique authorial voice. Always provocative and often shocking, Hickey’s pronouncements are perfectly suited for the jab-like nature of the social media platform. In a delightfully ironic twist of fate, some two decades after the onset of the digital revolution, a critic known for his paragraph-long verbal riffs blasts away at digital natives in the under-140-character idiom they understand.

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About the Author


Dave Hickey is a distinguished American art and cultural critic and the author of The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997), and Pirates and Farmers (2014). His most recent book, 25 Women: Essays on Their Art, is just out from the University of Chicago Press. Hickey was 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.

Julia Friedman is a Russian-born art historian, writer, and curator. Her book Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Art was published by Northwestern University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a monograph about the California artist Wally Hedrick.


Review of Tom of Finland at David Kordansky Gallery on Artforum.com

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Review of Ed Moses Exhibition At University of California Irvine

Julia Friedman's Review of Ed Moses at UCI

Viva Skype! Guest Speakers in HIDA’s Writing Art & Design Criticism Seminar

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With four more weeks of the course still ahead of us, the Writing Art & Design Criticism seminar students have already had a chance to welcome several well-regarded art critics and art writers, including Lee Ambrozy, the editor-at-large for Artforum.com.cn and the editor and translator of Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants 2006–2009 (MIT Press, 2011 http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/ai-weiweis-blog). She is also one of the experts featured in the recent award-winning documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

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Lee’s visit was followed by that of another Artforum colleague—Michael Ned Holte—a writer and independent curator based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Proper Names(Golden Spike Press). His texts have appeared in numerous publications including Live Art in LA: Performance in Southern California, 1970-1983 (Routledge), In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975-2012 (Pomona College Museum of Art/Pitzer Art Galleries), Richard Hawkins—Third Mind (Art Institute of Chicago/Yale), and Roy McMakin: When is a Chair Not a Chair (Skira/Rizzoli), as well as print and online periodicals such as AfterallArtforum InternationalArt Journal, and East of Borneo. Holte has organized numerous exhibitions including “Temporary Landmarks & Moving Situations” at Expo Chicago; “Support Group” at Thomas Solomon at Cottage Home, Los Angeles; “Laying Bricks” at Wallspace Gallery, New York, and “Celine and Julie Go Boating” at Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles. Along with Connie Butler, he is co-curator of the 2014 edition of “Made in L.A.” at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

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This past Wednesday, the students had a chance to engage with two guests: one from New York, another from Los Angeles. Mat Gleason is well known in the Los Angeles art scene for his fearless art criticism, and the Coagula Art Journal he has been publishing for over two decades. Mat is also a fellow blogger at the Huffington Post, where his profile describes Gleason as a “famously provocative local art critic,” a “maverick,” and “insufferably cynical.”

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James Panero, based in New York, is  is an American cultural critic and the executive editor of The New Criterion. In 1999 he worked in Gstaad, Switzerland as a writing assistant to William F. Buckley Jr on his novel Spytime: The Undoing of James Jesus Angleton (Harcourt, 2000). Before joining The New Criterion in 2001, he was a graduate student in the History of Art and Architecture department at Brown University, where his area of focus was late-nineteenth-century French modernism. James and I shared an advisor, Professor Kermit S. Champa whose untimely passing in 2004 was a loss for all his students. James wrote an obituary article for The New Criterion.

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James led an engaging and thought provoking discussion of his recent editorial article “Future Tense VII: What’s a Museum?.”

Our next scheduled seminar guest is Barry Schwabsky, the art critic of The Nation.

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Schwabsky has been writing about art for the Nation since 2005, and his essays have appeared in many other publications, including Flash Art (Milan), Artforum—as an international co-editor he has worked with every one of my own reviews dispatched from Tokyo, the London Review of Books and Art in America. His books include The Widening Circle: Con­sequences of Modernism in Contemporary ArtVitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting and several volumes of poetry, the most recent being Book Left Open in the Rain (Black Square Editions/The Brooklyn Rail). Schwabsky has contributed to books and catalogs on artists such as Henri Matisse, Alighiero Boetti, Jessica Stockholder and Gillian Wearing, and has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute, New York University, Goldsmiths College (University of London) and Yale University. We have been reading chapters from his most recent book Words for Art (Sternberg Press, 2013) throughout the semester, and it will certainly be a treat to welcome him at ASU, albeit virtually. Viva Skype!

Forthcoming Lecture: Gustave Courbet’s “The Origin of the World”: a Positivist Statement or a Libertine Dream? Monday, April 21, 2014 – 6:30pm
University Club, Arizona State University

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Dave Hickey in Los Angeles:
Pirate vs. Farmers in The Huffington Post

Dave Hickey Pirates vs Farmers

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The most “Emailed Arts Article” in Huffington Post
for the week of February 7, 2014

Pirates and Farmers by Dave Hickey

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Interview with Thomas Frangenberg in The Collector Tribune

Thomas Frangenber Collector Tribune

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HuffingtonPost.com: Miley Cyrus Strikes Again, or the Destruction of the Pendulum

HuffingtonPost.com: Miley Cyrus Strikes Again, or the Destruction of the Pendulum

View the full HuffingtonPost.com article here…

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Artforum Critics’ Picks: Iva Gueorguieva at ACME gallery

My Critics’ Pick on LA based Bulgarian born artist Iva Gueorguieva is now up on Artforum’s website.

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The Lives of Leonardo. Warburg Institute Colloquia 22 is out!

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Congratulations to the editors Prof. Thomas Frangenberg and Dr. Rodney Palmer on the release of The Lives of Leonardo book, published as part of Warburg Institute Colloquia series. I am honored to participate in the project with an article on the Russian reception of the artist entitled “Three Faces of Leonardo da Vinci in Fin-de-Siecle Russia.”

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Hysteria as a Creative Condition Paper at AILC 2013

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I finally had a chance to present a paper on one of the most interesting subjects I researched while writing my Remizov book. It has to do with the notion that the so-called hysteria (a diagnosis liberally dispensed to female patience for the good part of the late 19th and early 20th century), is in fact a condition that signals creativity, a performative form of expression akin to artistic expression.

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Remizov’s understanding of hysteria and creativity bridges symbolist and surrealist interpretations of mental illness. His version hysteria/possession/creative release was at once a dialogue with contemporaneous artists, particulary French surrealists, and the reevaluation of symbolist notions of mental illness. Please see the abstract below.

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Selections from the Reznikoff Family Archive on View in Moscow

Alexei Remizov, Ivashka, Paris, 1941, India ink and color pencil on paper

It is official: the Russian Ministry of Culture finally purchased the Reznikoff family archive in its entirety, including nine illustrated albums created by Alexei Remizov between the mid 1930s and early 50s. Some of these illustrated albums from the Reznikoff collection are at the base of my monograph Beyond Symbolism and Surrealism: Alexei Remizov’s Synthetic Art published by Northwestern UP in 2011.

Before its purchase, the Reznikoff archive was the largest repository of Remizov materials abroad. Its transfer to the Russian Ministry of Culture completes the existing collection already in the Pushkin House (The Institute of Russian Literature) in St. Petersburg. Remizov donated this portion of his archive to the Pushkin House shortly before his death in Paris in 1957. The remaining part was left in the care of the Reznikoff family, who not only helped the writer and his wife to survive the physical hardships of exile, but at the price of personal sacrifices, enabled a series of post-war printings of Remizov’s books containing his own covers and illustrations.

Now, the Moscow Manezh is hosting an exhibit “Alexei Rimizov. The Return” that showcases a selection of works from the the recent Reznikoff purchase. The exhibition is organized by Irina Alpatova, and will be open through May 22, 2013.

Event Announcement: Lee Ambrozy’s Lecture on Ai Weiwei’s Audience at the Herberger

ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts will be hosting a talk about China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic Ai Weiwei. It will take place this Thursday, March 21, at 3 pm in the Lower Level South Gallery of the ASU Art Museum.

The presenter is Lee Ambrozy who is the editor-at-large for Artforum.com.cn and the editor and translator of Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants 2006–2009 (MIT Press, 2011 http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/ai-weiweis-blog). She is also one of the experts featured in the recent award-winning documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.