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Pincus-Witten, Robert A.

    Full Name: Pincus-Witten, Robert A.

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1935

    Place Born: New York, NY, USA

    Home Country/ies: United States

    Subject Area(s): Modern (style or period)

    Career(s): art critics, directors (administrators), and gallerists


    Art gallery director, critic, and modernist art historian. Pincus-Witten earned his undergraduate degree at The Cooper Union, in New York in 1956. He wrote his master’s degree (1962) and Ph.D. (1968) both at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, on Joséphin Peladan and the Rose-Croix Salons, was written under Joshua C. Taylor and John Rewald. Pincus-Witten joined the City University of New York 1964. In 1966 he began writing criticism for Artforum magazine as its senior editor. In 1970 he was promoted to professor at CUNY. He became associate editor of Artforum in 1976. An initial book on minimalism and the era following it was issued in 1977. His collected art criticism was published as Eye to Eye: Twenty Years of Art Criticism, in 1984. His treatise on post-modern art, Postminimalism into Maximalism: American Art 1966-1986, appeared in1987. He left the magazine in 1989. He retired from CUNY in 1990 curate shows for the Gagosian Gallery (East) in New York city, until 1996. That year he joined the staff of C&M Arts, New York City as Director of Exhibitions.

    Selected Bibliography

    Postminimalism. New York: Out of London Press, 1977; Entries (Maximalism): Art at the Turn of the Decade. New York: Out of London Press, 1983; and Armstrong, Richard, and Hanhardt, John G. The New Sculpture 1965-75: between Geometry and Gesture. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1990; Occult Symbolism in France: Jos’phin P’ladan and the Salons de la Rose-Croix. New York: Garland Pub., 1976; [collected essays] Postminimalism into Maximalism: American Art, 1966-1986. Ann Arbor, MI : UMI Research Press, 1987; Eye to Eye: Twenty Years of Art Criticism. Published Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Research Press, 1984.


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