Thomas McEvilley

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Thomas McEvilley (July 13, 1939 - March 2, 2013) was an American art critic, poet, novelist, and scholar, a distinguished lecturer in art history at Rice University and founder and former chair of the Department of Art Criticism and Writing at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He received a Ph.D. in classical philology. McEvilley was an expert in the fields of Greek and Indian culture, history of religion and philosophy, and art. He published several books and hundreds of scholarly monographs, articles, catalog essays, and reviews on early Greek and Indian poetry, philosophy, and religion as well as on contemporary art and culture. McEvilley wrote even monographs on Yves Klein (1982), Pat Steir, Leon Golub (1993), Jannis Kounellis (1986), James Croak (1999), Dennis Oppenheim, Anselm Kiefer, Dove Bradshaw (2004).


  • Art and Discontent, 1991
  • Art and Otherness, 1992
  • Fusion: West African Artists at the Venice Biennale, 1993
  • The Exile’s Return: Toward a Redefinition of Painting for the Post-Modern Era, 1993
  • Der Erste Akt, 1994
  • Sculpture in the Age of Doubt, 1999
  • The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies, 2001
  • The Triumph of Anti-Art, 2007
  • Sappho, 2008
  • Art, Love, Friendship: Marina Abramović and Ulay, Together & Apart, 2010
  • Yves the Provocateur: Yves Klein and Twentieth-Century Art, 2010
  • Charles Dellschau's Aporetic Archive, 2013