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Manchester Art Gallery “Challenging a Victorian fantasy” is a clumsy publicity stunt

In the latest tragical-comical episode linking the art world and the #MeToo movement, a group of artists and activists, with the help of the gallery’s curator, removed a seminal Pre-Raphaelite artwork from the wall of the Manchester Art Gallery “to initiate a discussion.” My analysis of what happened was just published in Dispatches section of […]

I am shocked! Why risqué paintings do not need warning labels

#MeToo is in the news again (still), now going after paintings with unpalatable content. My article “A Warning about the Balthus Warning,” just posted in the Dispatch section of The New Criterion. It explains why it is a very bad idea to decide whether an artwork deserves to grace museum walls based on how offensive […]

Be Careful What You Wish For: “The art world’s ‘hidden enemy'” is out in The New Criterion

My article “The art world’s ‘hidden enemy’” on the subject of purges for sexual misconduct in the art world is out in the Decemer issue of The New Criterion. (The New Criterion, Volume 36 Number 4, on page 86). Retouched photograph with Leon Trotsky removed from the side of Lenin’s podium. (image: wikimedia commons)  

Photos From Dave Hickey In Conversation with Julia Friedman at UCLA Hammer Museum, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 — and at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel on Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Photos From Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) Lecture With Julia Friedman 03.31.2016

  Photos by Neil A. Miller, Rafael Navarro, and  Ellee Bokharachi .

Press, Reviews and Media For Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies by Dave Hickey — Compiled and Edited by Julia Friedman

Las Vegas Weekly ▸ Kristen Peterson, Feb 10: Dave Hickey’s New Facebook Books . Los Angeles Times ▸ Carolina Miranda, Feb 10: 9 Must-See Events @ L.A. Art Book Fair . The New Criterion ▸ James Panero ▸ Critic’s Notebook, January 25: “Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman, Wasted Words and Dust Bunnies?” . . ▸ Ryan Steadman, January 20: “Art Critic Dave […]

Review of Tom of Finland at David Kordansky Gallery on

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

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 and the editor and translator of Ai Weiwei’s Blog: Writings, Interviews and Digital Rants 2006–2009 (MIT Press, 2011 She is also one of […]

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

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

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

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 […]