WORDS WRITINGS ETC.

 

VIEW Pith and Mirth: A Glossary of Invented Terms & Quotes

 

BOOKS

2011

Concrete Comedy: An Alternative History of Twentieth-Century Comedy   
Pork Salad Press, Copenhagen

2009

High Entertainment  is a free online book

2006

The Velvet Grind: Essays, Interviews, Satires 1983-2005   JRP/Ringier Kunstverlag, Zurich

2004

The Ice Cream Social   JRP/Ringier Kunstverlag, Zurich

1998

The Ice Cream Social   Purple Books, Paris and Feature Inc., New York

1993

The Dr. Frankenstein Option   Forum Stadtpark, Graz

1992

Foundation Papers from the Archives of the Institute for Advanced Comedic Behavior    
Feature, New York, Jay Gorney Modern Art, New York and Galerie Hufkens, Brussels

Prose and Cons     Les Editions Belle Haleine, Paris, edition of 18

1988

The Camera Believes Everything   Editions Patricia Schwarz, Stuttgart

 

SELECTED ESSAYS, INTERVIEWS, FICTIONS

2017

“Au Revoir, Underground,” Ohio Edit, January 31

2014

Avant-Garde Folk Art,” The Brooklyn Rail, October

“Play Date In the Fame Complex,” The Enemy, #1

2013

“David Robbins talks to Comedy Bang! Bang! Host Scott Aukerman,” The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, October 14

2012

“American Fantasy Classics,” Mary Nohl Foundation 2012 Exhibition, Milwaukee
“Talent at 25,” Twenty-Five Years of Talent, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York
“Independent Imagination: A Conversation between Stephan Dillemuth and David Robbins,” Mousse #32, Spring

2011  

“500 Words,” Artforum.com, August
“High Entertainment: Self-Presentation,” Flash Art, March
“Painting notes,” Possible Press, Volume 2, November 15
“The Three Stooges and Chris Burden: What Do They Have In Common?” in L.A. Weekly, September 22

               
2010  

“Kunst Na Het Entertainent (1989),” De Witte Raaf, Amsterdam, July-August
Untitled essay in The Studio Reader: On the Space of Artists, edited by Mary Jane Jacob and Michelle Grabner, The University of Chicago Press
“A Conversation: Jennifer Bolande and David Robbins,” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, May 25

2008 

“Platforming,” Artlies, March

2007 

“Forming Fun: Hans Ulrich Obrist with David Robbins,” X-Tra, Summer 2007

2006 

“Martin Kippenberger in ‘The Role of a Lifetime,’” X-Tra, Winter

2005 

“Ice Cream Social at the Couvent des Cordeliers,” Frog magazine, No. 1, Summer
“The Compass is the Map,” catalogue essay in No Manifesto, Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, curated by Andrea Viliani
“Untitled” in Do It 2, Revolver Press, Frankfurt
“Notes on The Ice Cream Social,” brochure published by Carnegie-Mellon University, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery

2004 

“Concrete Comedy,” Artforum, November
“My Warhol: Biz Kid,” Artforum, October
“Notes on the Ice Cream Social,” brochure accompanying Art, Television, Video exhibition, Musee d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; in French
“On Talent,” in Likeness: Artists’ Portraits of Artists, CCAC/Wattis Institute, San Francisco; ICA, Boston

2003 

“Warm Science Fiction,” Pierre Huyghe, Le Consortium/Van Abbemuseum
“Milestones: 1985: The Replacements’ Tim,” Artforum

2001  

“Six Embarrassing Purchases and the Clerk Who Sold Them,” Untitled Magazine, London
“Party Platform,” Camera Austria, September
“My Space Program,” Black Diamond, September
“Notes On A Midwest Makeover,” New Art Examiner, May; reprinted in The Essential New Art Examiner, edited by Terry Griffith, Kathryn Born, Janet Koplos, Northern Illinois University Press, 2011

2000 

“Francis Picabia, Modern Person” catalogue essay for Picabia exhibition at The Arts Club of Chicago
“On Deadpan,” Art Issues, November/December

“Cumulus America: Further Adventures in the Two-Party System,” Parkett, #58
“Party Platform,” catalogue essay for A Social Event Archive, Volume Three
“Herr Karl Valentin,” Art issues, April/May
“A Social Event Archive: An Interview with Paul Druecke,”New Art Examiner, April
“David Robbins’ Top Ten,” Artforum, March

1999

“ABC TV,” Artforum, October
“Cancelled!” essay in brochure for Apex Art, New York; November/December
“My Son the Artist,” Cakewalk, Winter
“Dinner at Shambles,” Art issues, January/February
“A Furniture Memoir,” essay to accompany Michelle Grabner exhibition, Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1998

“On Concrete Comedy,” Cream, Phaidon Press, London
“Weave,” essay for Richard Rezac exhibition, Feigen Gallery, New York
“The Artifice of Democracy,” Hermetic Broadsheet, Volume 1, Number 1, Summer
“Showtime,” essay for Nicholas Frank exhibition, The Institute For Visual Art, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
“The Third Option,” essay for Bicycle Thieves exhibition, Chicago
“Untitled. Exactly.” catalogue essay for Adrift, Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies
“Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and… Smithson,” Art issues, January/February
“Second Thoughts,” catalogue essay for The Harry Carey Show, Diverseworks, Houston

1997

“Field and Screen,” Art issues, Summer
“Chicago Thoughts on LA,” Art Muscle, Febuary/March
“David Robbins Goes Fishing at Loch Ness: A True Story,” index, November

1996

“Hi Everybody!: Four Comic Hosts and the Prism of Democracy,” Art issues, Sept/Oct
“Autodidact,” Purple Prose 10, Winter
“The Jack and Connie Brooks Center for the Treatment of Cancelled TV-Family Syndrome,” Art issues, January/February
“David Thomas with David Robbins,” index, February
“David Robbins in Stockholm with Fireside,” index, June
With Mary Clarke, “Mary Clarke and David Robbins on E! Entertainment Television,” index, June

1995

“It Can’t Happen Here,” Art issues, November/December
“The Rise of Systems Man,” Art issues, Summer
“Correspondence from the Institute,” Purple Prose 8

1994

“Our Lady of Angora,” Art issues, May/June
“Correspondence from the Institute,” Purple Prose 6
“Correspondence from the Institute,” Purple Prose 5
“Konkret Komedie: En Introduktion,” 90tal, number 13

1993

“Memo from the Institute for Advanced Comedic Behavior,” Purple Prose 4
“Correspondence from the Institute,” Purple Prose 2
“Out of Camera Range,” Camera Austria, number 41

1992

“On the Confidence Game as a Model for Culture,” catalogue essay for Hollywood, Hollywood: Identity Under the Guise of Celebrity, Pasadena Art Alliance
“The Pneumatic Tube,” Gazette, November
“Hip Trouble,” Acme Journal, volume 1, number 2
“Memo from the Institute for Advanced Comedic Behavior,” Purple Prose 1
“Mr. Entertainment’s Diary,” Art issues, series published January/February through November/December

1991

“A Problem Solved,” Art issues, Summer
Review of The Aerial Kit, in The Print Collector’s Newsletter, September/October
Review of Cindy Sherman: Untitled Film Stills, in The Print Collector’s Newsletter, March/April
“The David Robbins Show,” Arti, Amsterdam, February

1990

“Hollywood Fractals,” Art issues, December 90/January 91
“The Neilsen Family,” Art issues, September/October
“Speech for Prime Time,” Art issues, March/April

1989

“A Comic Object,” Art issues, December 89/January 90
“Greetings from Television City,” Art issues, October
“Another World,” catalogue essay for Special Effects exhibition, Milan, Italy
“Art After Entertainment,” (part one) Art issues, February
“Art After Entertainment,” (part two) Art issues, April

1988

“Solid Light,” catalogue essay for Solid Light exhibition, Stockholm
“Stars,” Aperture, #110
“Monochrome Pop: Interview with Steven Parrino,” Flash Art Italiana, November
“Search for Tomorrow,” essay for Information as Ornament exhibition, Feature, Chicago
Review of “Blasted Allegories: A Collection of Artist’s Writings,” The Print Collector’s Newsletter, March

1987

“Robert Gober,” exhibition essay, Galerie Jean Bernier, Greece
“An Interview with Clegg and Guttmann,” Wolkenkratzer Art Journal, issue #2
“Joseph Kosuth,” Arts, April
“Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage,” essay for Picture This exhibition, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

1986

“Artificial Intelligence,” essay for Rooted Rhetoric exhibition, Naples, Italy
“Shrink Rap,” (with Robert Nickas), Arts, September
“Cigar-Store Indian: Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians,” Arts, May
“(Untitled) The Sublime Was Now,” Arts, March

1985

“James Brown,” catalogue essay, Akira Ikeda Gallery, Nagoya
Interview with Richard Prince, Aperture 100, Fall
Interview with Allan McCollum, Arts, October
“The Flutie Thing,” Real Life Magazine, Fall
“I Love New York and Am Doing Fine,” Real Life Magazine, Spring
“The Guiding Light,” catalogue essay for “Infotainment” exhibition, J. Berg Press, NY

1984

“William Wegman’s Pop Gun,” Arts, March
Interviews with Keith Haring and James Brown for Terrae Motus exhibition catalogue, Naples

1983

“Julian Schnabel,” essay for exhibition catalogue, Waddington Gallery, London
“Brie Popcorn: An Interview with the Directors of Gallery Nature Morte,” Real Life Magazine, Summer
“An Interview with Thomas Lawson,” Arts, September
“The ‘Meaning’ of ‘New’: the ’70s/’80s Axis: An Interview with Diego Cortez,” Arts, January

1982

“Notes Toward FIlm,” Real Life Magazine, Summer

1981

“Democratism,” Real Life Magazine, Summer

1980

“Architext: An Interview with the SITE Architectural Team,” Interview, September

“Chris Burden interviewed by David Robbins,” March 1980, unpublished

 

STAGEWORKS

1986    

With Peter Nagy, “Behind the Scenes (With Dangerous Assholes),” The Kitchen, New York
Producing Director: “Picture History;” speech by George W.S. Trow, video by Gretchen Bender; The Kitchen, New York

 

SCREENPLAYS

2004

The Ice Cream Social

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

2012

Logan Center For the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago

2011

“Alternatives to Art,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
USC Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles
Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich

2007

“High Entertainment,” Center for Advanced Visual Studies, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Concrete Comedy,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

2006

Columbia University, New York
UCLA, Los Angeles
USC, Los Angeles
Chapman College, Orange, California
California School of the Arts, Valencia, CA
University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago

2004 

“Where is Adventure? What is Culture?,” Frieze Art Fair, London

2002  

Cubitt, London
Goldsmith’s College, London
Royal College of Art, London
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2001

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

1998

Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1993

“It’s Better to Be Dr. Frankenstein,” Forum Stadtpark, Graz. Austria

1991

“Out of Camera Range,” Forum Stadtpark, Graz. Austria

1990

“Speech for Prime Time,” Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden

1989

“The Camera Believes Everything,” National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

1987

“Pith and Mirth,” International Center for Photography, New York