PRESS RELEASE — David Craven, Chair, Dept. of Art & Art History, University of New Mexico on May 21, 2010.

Dave Hickey, the celebrated art critic and author, has been made Distinguished Professor of Criticism for the MFA Program in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of New Mexico beginning in the Fall of 2010. A broad-ranging person of letters, Hickey has written several books, such as, Invisible Dragon and Air Guitar, which have now assumed almost legendary status in the artworld. In March 2009, Newsweek Magazine listed Hickey’s book Air Guitar as number 15 on its list of 50 essential books of our time. The College Art Association presented Hickey with its prestigious Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art or Architectural Criticism in 1993 and in 2002 he won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

A writer of fiction and cultural criticism, Hickey has received a number of other honors and fellowships. Among them is the Peabody Award for Public Journalism, presented in recognition of his work on a biographical documentary of Andy Warhol for the American Masters series, which aired on PBS in 2006. He won an Award of Distinction in 2007 from the National Association of Schools of Design and in 2003 he was given an honorary degree by The Rhode Island School of Design. In 1997 Hickey served as the Cullinan Chair of Architecture at Rice University and in 1992, he presented The Preston H. Thomas Memorial Lecture Series on architectural theory at Cornell University.

Profiles of Hickey have appeared in Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, and Flaunt, among other publications. Interviews with Hickey have been published in The Los Angeles Times, Bomb, New Art Examiner, Public Events, The Art Newspaper and other magazines. He has been interviewed several times on topics like art and Las Vegas by the BBC, PBS, and National Public Radio.

Hickey has served as Executive Editor of Art in America, as well as Contributing Editor to The Village Voice, Art Issues, and Context. In addition he has been owner-director of A Clean Well-Lighted Place Art Gallery in Austin, Texas, along with being director of the Reese Palley Gallery in New York City. In the 1980s, Hickey worked as a songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, while also serving as a correspondent for Rolling Stone Magazine.

He has written for most major cultural publications in the US and abroad. These include Rolling Stone, Art News, Art in America, Artforum, Interview, Harpers Magazine, Vanity Fair, Nest, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times. Hickey regularly published Revisions, a monthly column for Art in America. He also writes for European publications like The London Review of Books, Frieze International (London), Situation (Paris), and Parkett (Zurich).

Hickey’s books include:

    Prior Convictions, a volume of short fiction (SMU Press, 1982).

    The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (Art Issues Press,1993), which went into six printings. A new edition of this book was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009 as The Invisible Dragon: Revised and Expanded.

    Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (Art Issues Press, 1998), is now in its tenth printing, and was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the 50 essential books of our time.

    Stardumb (Artspace Press, 1999) is a collection of stories with drawings by artist John DeFazio.

    Hot Stuff: Essays on the Writing on Women Artists (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

    Connoisseur of Waves: More Essays on Art and Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2010).

    Pagan America is forthcoming from Free Press in 2012.

    Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Culture and the Marketplace is complete.
    It is scheduled to follow the publication of Pagan America.

    Feint of Heart: Essays on Individual Artists in two volumes is in preparation at Chicago.

    In addition, Hickey has written approximately 300 exhibition catalogues or monographs on contemporary artists, including Anthony Caro, Ellsworth Kelly, Ann Hamilton, Lari Pittman, Richard Serra, Robert Gober, Edward Ruscha, Terry Allen, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Tom Wesselmann, Joan Mitchell, John Chamberlain, Vija Celmins, Vernon Fisher, Luis Jimenez, Barbara Bloom, Sol Lewitt, Sharon Ellis, and Michelangelo Pisteletto.

Hickey has lectured extensively at universities and institutions both in the USA and abroad. These include Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Brown, Penn, Stanford, Duke, the Smithsonian Institution, the Rhode Island School of Design, Hunter College, the School of Visual Arts, Bard College, the University of Texas at Austin, Art Center in Pasadena, Otis Institute in Los Angeles, the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Dia Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth. He has lectured often in the United Kingdom at the Tate Modern, The Frieze Art Fair, The Royal College of Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London.

Hickey has also served as a Visiting Professor at a number of institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, The University of California–Santa Barbara, the Otis Parsons Institute in Los Angeles, The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Yale University, and Rice University.

Hickey has organized exhibitions for the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Texas Gallery in Houston, Diverse Works in Houston, Apex Art and the Cue Foundation in New York, the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Dallas Museum of Modern Art, and the Las Vegas Art Museum.

Beau Monde, the international biennial exhibition he curated for Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, received the 2001-2002 Best Show Award from the Association of International Critics of Art. He is presently engaged in preparation for the exhibition, Ed Ruscha: Too Marvelous for Words, which will be exhibited in Switzerland and South Korea. He is also working with Frank Gehry on Coping With Paradise, a show for the Guggenheim Bilbao and various other European venues, in addition to serving as Project Adviser and Associate Producer on a PBS American Masters film about the artist Michael Heizer.