David Pagel is an associate professor, curator, and art critic. He writes regularly for the Los Angeles Times.
His recent activities include:
• "Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion," with Terrie Sultan and "Electric Mud," both for the Blaffer Gallery at the University of Houston
• "L.A. Now," at the Las Vegas Art Museum
• “Underground Pop,” at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY, where he is an adjunct curator. The 10-artist exhibition focused on the links between Pop and Folk Art in works that turn away from the increasingly homogenized character of global culture.
• “Softcore Hard Edge,” at the Art Gallery of Calgary, co-curated with Marianne Elder, an 18-artist exhibition on the legacy of California Hard Edge Abstraction
• “Fast Times: Slow Looks,” in “Wendell Gladstone, D.O.A., S.O.S., ETC.,”
• “The Handmade Imagination of John Frame,” in “Three Fragments of a Lost Tale,” for The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
• “Unassuming and Nutty,” in “Dion Johnson, New Paintings,” Rebecca Ibel Gallery, Columbus, Ohio
• “Cool Compassion: Steven Criqui’s Pop Pathos,” in “Steven Criqui: A Retrospective/Memorial,” for the University of California, Irvine
• Michael Brewster, Tom Eatherton, Ed Moses, and John White for “It Happened at Pomona: 1969-1973,” part of the John Paul Getty Museum’s “Pacific Standard Time”