Douglas Crimp, “Before Pictures” at Critical Theory and the Arts

Douglas Crimp, the distinguished art historian and critic, to visit “The Situation of the Arts at Critical Theory and the Arts this fall.

Crimp will discuss Before Pictures, his memoir of the early years of his life as a gay rights activist and critic of the New York art world in the 1960s and 1970s. His book traces how the artists in this milieu influenced him through the emergence of a new art form that pursued “representation freed from the tyranny of the represented” (“Pictures,” 1977). These artists included Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, and Philip Smith, among others.

The Crimp exhibition now on view at Galerie Buchholz presents work by members of this group. Graduate students at Critical Theory and the Arts will visit the exhibition this month, in conjunction with the discussion with Douglas Crimp.