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The Contemporary Art Gallery: Display, Power and Privilege


David Carrier with Darren Jones


Available here.


Wild Art iBook


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The Manhattan meal that inspired Wild Art


“A few years ago we, Pissarro and I, were dining at a small French restaurant, Boeuf a la Mode in Manhattan ….”


Story here.


Wild Art Book Launch – London ICA


Wild Art Book Launch
8 October 2013


Wild Art Book Launch – London ICA


£10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members / £5 ICA Student Members

James Brett, founder of the Museum of Everything (London, Moscow and Venice), and street-art dealer and curator Stephen Lazarides join David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro to discuss Wild Art, the topic of their new book from Phaidon Press. The conversation will be chaired by Francesca Gavin, author, curator and freelance writer and Visual Art Editor at Dazed & Confused.

The invited speakers discuss the most important contemporary alternative artists, whose practices are widely considered too offbeat, outrageous, kitsch, quirky or radical for the conventional world of galleries and museums.

Wild Art


WILD ART, published by Phaidon Press, is now available for pre-ordering.


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Click for Phaidon’s introduction


A celebration of art from outside the established Art World.


by David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro (website)


Art Criticism That Made A Difference

The Brooklyn Rail

Art Criticism That Made A Difference

The Early Developmental Stage: A Dialogue with Author Karen Smith

The Early Developmental Stage: A Dialogue on the Contemporary Chinese Art World with Author Karen Smith

The Contemporary Art Gallery

The Brooklyn Rail: Guest Art Editor

“Artists, gallerists, curators, collectors, and critics—these are the essential components of a contemporary art world. Artists make the art that galleries display; this art is evaluated by critics and purchased by collectors or by curators for museums. Take any one of these components away, and our art world system would collapse. Galleries are admission free, unlike most museums. But the commodities they sell are not affordable by most art critics. The grandest galleries can afford more attractive displays than museums. But they have relatively small audiences and so feel more like private clubs than public spaces. There are a great many studies of the art museum. By contrast, the art gallery has inspired much less attention. That is surprising, for almost inevitably contemporary art goes from the gallery to the museum. Anyone who takes even a casual interest in contemporary visual art knows art galleries. Nowadays ubiquitous, because they are so familiar, we perhaps do not sufficiently realize how distinctive they are. We take them for granted, which perhaps is why there is no history of these institutions ….”

The Contemporary Art Gallery

Lecture & Critique at the University of Louisville

This year’s Kant’s Anarchist Aesthetics Lecture is delivered by David Carrier on Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building. Following the lecture will be a critique of student work in Schneider Hall Room 17 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

Kant’s Anarchist Aesthetics

Visually Self-Evident: Al Held’s Alphabet Paintings at Cheim & Read

Visually Self-Evident: Al Held’s Alphabet Paintings at Cheim & Read