Day: November 27, 2021

Art critic Dave Hickey, known for book ‘Air Guitar’, dies

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This May 2008 photo provided by Libby Lumpkin shows Dave Hickey, left with Peter Schjeldahl. Hickey, a prominent American critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Liberace to Norman Rockwell, has died. The brash style and mixing of high- and low-brow culture that characterized his work earned him legions of fans and leaves leave a lasting influence on a generation of artists and critics. He died Nov. 12, 2021, at home in Santa Fe, New M.M., after years of heart disease, his art historian wife Libby Lumpkin said. (Libby Lumpkin via AP)

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Dave Hickey, a prominent American art critic whose essays covered topics ranging from Siegfried & Roy to Norman Rockwell, has died.

His books, including “The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty” (1993) and “Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy” (1997), won him legions of fans beyond the art world cognoscenti.

His stylish prose, brash criticism of taste-making

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