Art Historian and Art Critic Thomas Crow
April 8, 2010
Thomas Crow is Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He is the author of six books, including Painters and Public Life in Eighteenth-Century Paris, Modern Art in the Common Culture, The Rise of the Sixties, and The Intelligence of Art. He has more recently published essays on Robert Smithson, Gordon Matta-Clark, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Jasper Johns, and the interchanges between Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan.
Crow's lecture was entitled "Understanding Andy Warhol/Understanding Contemporary Art." Crow notes that Andy Warhol has been perhaps the most thoroughly exhibited and discussed artist of the later twentieth century—as well as the most frequently cited antecedent for contemporary art practices. For all that, the reasons for his undiminished prominence, unique in his generation, remain elusive. This lecture will try to explain Warhol’s virtual status as a contemporary artist by looking for some deeper and largely unexamined forces within the original body of work, forces that still work on artists and viewers today.