Douglas Crimp

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Douglas Crimp (1944) is an art critic and Fanny Knapp Allen Professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. He was the curator of the landmark Pictures exhibition at Artists Space, New York, in 1977 and, from 1977-1990 an editor of the quarterly journal October. With Lynne Cooke, he organized the exhibition Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the Present for the Reina Sofía in Madrid in the summer of 2010, and he was a member of the curatorial team for the 2015 Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1.



  • with Adam Rolston, AIDS Demo Graphics, Seattle: Bay Press, 1990, 141 pp.
  • On the Museum’s Ruins, MIT Press, 1993, xix+348 pp. With photographs by Louise Lawler.
    • Auf den Ruinen des Museums. Über Photographie, das Museum und die Postmoderne, trans. Rolf Braumeis, Dresden: Verlag der Kunst, 1996, 440 pp. (German)
    • Sobre as ruínas do museu, trans. Fernando Santos, São Paulo: Martins Fontes, 2005, 303 pp. (Brazilian Portuguese)
    • Na ruinakh muzeya, trans. Ivan Aksenov and Karen Sarkisov, Moscow: V-A-C Press, 2015, 431 pp. (Russian)
  • Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, MIT Press, 2002, 319 pp. Essays challenging the increasing denial of the AIDS crisis and the rise of conservative gay politics.
  • Imágenes, trans. Victor Manuel Rodriguez, Bogotá: Universidad Nacional de Colombia-Sede Bogotá, 2003, 188 pp. (Spanish)
  • Posiciones críticas: ensayos sobre las políticas de arte y la identidad, intro. Jesús Carrillo, trans. Eduardo García Agustín, Madrid: Akal, 2005, 201 pp. (Spanish)
  • "Our Kind of Movie": The Films of Andy Warhol, MIT Press, 2012, xv+171 pp. Collection of Crimp's essays on Warhol's films.
  • Before Pictures, University of Chicago Press, 2016, 288 pp. tells the story of Crimp’s life as a young gay man and art critic in New York City during the late 1960s through the 1970s; part biography and part cultural history. [1]


  • editor, Pictures, New York: Artists Space, 1977, 30 pp.
  • editor, October 43: "AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism", MIT Press, 1987, ARG. Introduction.
  • editor, with Lynne Cooke, Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices, 1970s to the Present, Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 2010, 304 pp. Crimp's essay in Spanish. [2] (English)/(Spanish)

Papers, book chapters, essays

  • "Pictures", in Pictures, ed. Douglas Crimp, New York: Artists Space, 1977; repr. in X-tra 8:1 (Fall 2005), pp 17-30, HTML.
  • "Pictures", October 8, Spring 1979, MIT Press, pp 75-88. "The following essay takes its point of departure from the catalogue text for Pictures; but it focuses on different issues and addresses an aesthetic phenomenon implicitly extending to many more artists than the original exhibition included."
  • "On the Museum's Ruins", October 13, Summer 1980, MIT Press, pp 41-57.
  • "The End of Art and the Origin of the Museum", Art Journal 46(4): "The Political Unconscious in Nineteenth-Century Art", Winter 1987, pp 261-266.
  • more



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