Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Visual Arts

Campus Address: Room 221, 185 Nassau Street

Campus Phone: (609) 258-7796

Office Hours: M, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Wilfried Dickhoff was born in 1953 in Cologne, Germany, Since 1982 he has been a writer, editor, publisher, book designer and curator in the field of international contemporary art.

Writing: Drawing on his tertiary studies of philosophy, literature, linguistics and new media, his texts on art and aesthetic theory constitute a main strand of his work. His book Hermeneutics of Silence was published in 1984. A selection of his essays on contemporary art was published by Cambridge University Press in 2000 under the title After Nihilism. His recent writings include the book Für eine Kunst des Unmöglichen (For an Art of the Impossible), texts on Alex Katz, James Lee Byars and Leiko Ikemura, and the theoretical essay "The Art of Parrying."

Publishing: Since 1983 he has published more than hundred monographs and catalogues on contemporary art, including those on Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Beuys, Jean Fautrier, Martin Kippenberger, Brice Marden, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Rosemarie Trockel and Philip Taaffe. Since 1989 he has been the editor of Kunst Heute (Art Today), a book series of interviews with contemporary artists, including volumes with Georg Baselitz, Francesco Clemente, Robert Rauschenberg, Günther Förg and Jenny Holzer. In 2002 Wilfried Dickhoff founded the book edition Verlag Wilfried Dickhoff. First publication: Marie Luise Lebschik - Mädchenbilder (Girl Pictures). Upcoming are artists books by Marcel Broodthaers and Tony Oursler and a book of essays on visual arts by Maurice Blanchot intitled Anfänge - Schriften zur Kunst (Beginnings - Essays on Visual Art). Currently he is also publishing and writing monograph books on Albert Oehlen and Georg Dokoupil and on Rosemarie Trockel's works on paper (all three books will be published by DuMont in 2005).

Teaching: Wilfried Dickhoff has taught art theory, aesthetic theory and curatorial studies at various Academies of Fine Arts, including at Amsterdam, Dresden, Karlsruhe and Enschede (where he was director of the Theory Department).

Curating: Since 1984 Wilfried Dickhoff has curated exhibitions including What it is (New York 1986) and Ars Pro Domo (Ludwig Museum Cologne 1992) and art projects in the public sphere including In Between (Expo 2000 Hanover) and Poème - Image (castle Wendlinghausen, Germany 2003). Since 1990 he has been curator of Kunst-Station St. Peter Cologne, a catholic church where ambitious art projects take place, such as with Francis Bacon, Christian Boltanski, Donald Baechler, Anish Kapoor, David Salle, Cy Twombly and recently Barbara Kruger (2003) and Sherrie Levine (2004)).


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