Dave Hickey (Author of Air Guitar) - Goodreads.
Dave Hickey is, to put it mildly, saddened to see the small circle of beauty within which he's spent most of his life—contemporary art—decay into a predictable, safe, formulaic money-driven.
Throughout these trenchant essays on female artists, Hickey (Air Guitar) is characteristically incisive, challenging, and weird; he’s just as likely to cite a Rolling Stones concert or Lou Re.
Hickey, Dave. (1997). Dealing. Air guitar (102-13). LA: Art Issues. Press. This essay reminds me of when I go home for a Thanksgiving with the family. Lots of grumpy old people sitting around bemoaning the good old days (Hickey’s outline of trends is simple: 70s were about fun, 80s about wealth and 90s about fighting oppression) and explaining to me why I am too concerned with intellectual.
Air Guitar by Dave Hickey one of those “snow ball effect” type of books, that starts off as really slow reflective biographical anecdote, but gradually increase the intensity and pique one’s interest, gradually as one begins to turn the pages.
Dave Hickey: I’m doing a book called Connoisseur of Waves. It’s the second half of Air Guitar, and it’s a bunch of essays about travels. There’s an essay about two art fairs and there’s an essay about driving from Fort Worth through all the desert places: Chaco Canyon and all of that, down to Palm Springs and through the Mojave.
This is the first of two writings exploring art critic Dave Hickey’s Air Guitar. The 1997 classic book contains twenty-three essays. From a music critic and art dealer's perspective, the “fables” investigate the relationship between Art and Democracy. The past provides insights for the future.
His critical essays have been published in two volumes: The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993) and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). In 2009, Hickey published a revised and updated version of The Invisible Dragon, adding an introduction that addressed changes in the art world since the book's original publication, as well as a new concluding essay.