Listen on KNPR: Art Critic Dave Hickey On Facebook’s “Wasted Words” And The Lack Of Good Art (8 mins)

Listen on KNPR: Art Critic Dave Hickey On Facebook's "Wasted Words" And The Lack Of Good Art

 

Photos From The CAC (Las Vegas) Discussion With Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman speak at the Contemporary Arts Collective in Las Vegas , Nv 03.05.2016

Photos From The CAC (Las Vegas) Discussion With
Dave Hickey and Julia Friedman 03.05.2016
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Photos From The 2016 LA Art Book Fair
With Art Catalogues (LACMA)

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

Dave Hickey Talks About His 2 New Facebook Books, Kristen Peterson, Feb 10, Las Vegas Weekly

Las Vegas Weekly  Kristen Peterson, Feb 10: Dave Hickey’s New Facebook Books
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Julia Friedman, 9 Must-See Events @ L.A. Art Book Fair, Carolina Miranda, Feb 10, LA Times

Los Angeles Times  Carolina Miranda, Feb 10: 9 Must-See Events @ L.A. Art Book Fair
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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
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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!

Lecture: Gustave Courbet’s “The Origin of the World”: a Positivist Statement or a Libertine Dream? 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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