David Kordansky Gallery

  • DB14, Dallas Biennial, 2014, Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX, Installation view
  • DB14, Dallas Biennial, 2014, Goss Michael Foundation, Dallas, TX, Installation view
  • Hedi Slimane, double portrait, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
  • Hedi Slimane, blue jacket, 2013, oil on canvas, 34 x 24 inches (86.4 x 61 cm)
  • Made in L.A. 2012, 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Installation view
  • Confrontation: Headbangers, 2010, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
  • Confrontation: Double Exposure, 2011, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 x 1 1/2 inches (182.9 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm)
  • Stop: DoNotGoOn, 2011, oil on canvas, 72 x 84 inches (182.9 x 213.4 cm)
  • Stillness, 2010, oil on canvas, 30 x 72 inches (76.2 x 182.9 cm)
  • Confrontation: Three Graces, 2010, oil on canvas, 72 x 84 inches (182.9 x 213.4 cm)
  • Pink Harlequin, 2010, oil on canvas, 72 x 30 inches (182.9 x 76.2 cm)
  • Red Menace, 2009, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
  • The New World: Twins, 2008, oil on canvas, 72 x 60 inches (182.9 x 152.4 cm)
  • Dogs of War, 2006, oil on canvas, 12 x 48 inches (30.5 x 121.9 cm)
  • J.P. Brissot, 2004, oil on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
  • Portrait of New York, 1989/1991, industrial sign paint on plywood, 15 panels, each 96 x 96 inches (243.8 x 243.8 cm), Originally installed at Manhattan Municipal Building, New York City, NY
  • Portrait of New York, 1989/1991, industrial sign paint on plywood, 15 panels, each 96 x 96 inches (243.8 x 243.8 cm), Originally installed at Manhattan Municipal Building, New York City, NY
  • Untitled Billboard, 1989
  • Memory Lingers Here, 1989, temporary mural
  • Untitled (A New Beginning), 1981, oil on canvas, four panels, each: 36 x 36 inches (91.4 x 91.4 cm), overall: 73 1/2 x 73 1/2 inches (186.7 x 186.7 cm)
  • Don’t Hit Her Again, 1981, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches (121.9 x 121.9 cm)
  • Figures, Bird is the Word No. 2, 1977, oilstick, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
  • Figures, Four Pass, 1977, oilstick, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
  • Figures, Aeroplanes (Several), 1977, oilstick, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)
  • Figures, Bird is the Word No. 5, 1977, oilstick, 22 x 30 inches (55.9 x 76.2 cm)


born 1951, Glasgow, Scotland
lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York, NY

University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland

(* indicates a publication)

Klaus von Nichtsaggend, New York, NY

*DB14, Dallas Biennial, Dallas, TX

In the Shadow of the Beast, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Thomas Lawson: 1977 – 1987, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angels, CA

History/Painting, LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

The Suburban, Chicago, IL

Sleeper, Edinburgh, Scotland

Project Wall, Rosamund Felsen, Los Angeles, CA

Viennese Paintings, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England; Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England

Sylvie Ferre, Lyon, France

Sylvie Ferre, Lyon, France

*Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland; Battersea Arts Centre, London, England
Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England
Battersea Arts Centre, London, England

Metro Pictures, New York, NY
T.O.O. Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

Kuhlenschmidt/Simon, Los Angeles, CA

The Party's Over, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
*Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, England
La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

Civic Virtues, City University Graduate Center Mall, New York, NY

Metro Pictures, New York, NY

OR Gallery, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
Christminster Gallery, New York, NY

Metro Pictures, New York, NY
Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Metro Pictures, New York, NY

Metro Pictures, New York, NY

Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In Camera, Artists Space, New York, NY

(* indicates a publication)

BioPix, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles Bound, Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, NY

Every Future Has a Price: 30 Years After Infotainment, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY

*Imaginary Portraits: Prince Igor, The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Gallery Met, The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Drawn from Life (on and around the work of R.B. Kitaj), curated by Jan Tumlir, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer and Shirley Morales, ltd los angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

*Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum and LAXART, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
*25 Years of Talent, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
The Last Word, Peter B. Lewis Theatre, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

Baker's Dozen III, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

ON PTG: Michelle Grabner, Thomas Lawson, Carrie Moyer, Scott Reeder, Julius Cæsar, Chicago, IL

The Pictures Generation: 1974 – 1984, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

A Palindromic Life, South La Brea Gallery, Inglewood, CA
Natural Geographic, Norma Desmond Projects, Los Angeles, CA

The Empire Strikes Back, ATM, New York, NY

The Undiscovered Country, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Relocation, curated by Suzanne Adelman, Bliss, Pasadena, CA

Chairs, Patios and Faces, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Empire Strikes Back, ATM, New York, NY
Exurbia, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA

Pacaembu, Laboratoire, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Occupato, Burnett Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Painting in the British Arts Council Collection, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, England
American Fine Arts, New York, NY

Monumental Propaganda, ICI, New York, NY; Moscow, Russia
The Categories of Robert Smithson, Name Gallery, Chicago, IL

Unfair, Tanja Grunert Galerie, Cologne, Germany
American Fine Arts, New York, NY
FAR Bazaar, Old Federal Reserve Building, Los Angeles, CA

El Sueno Imperativo, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain

A New Necessity, First Tyne International, National Garden Festival, Tyneside, England

*A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA
Art Of Renewal, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland

Group Show, Public Art Fund, City Hall Park, NY
Frontier Production, Critical Art Ensemble, Tallahassee, FL

Art Against AIDS, citywide exhibition, New York, NY
*Working in Brooklyn/Painting, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Constitution, by Group Material, The Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Correspondences, Laforet Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Rooted Rhetoric, Academia di Belli Arti, Napoli, Italy
The Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Por Encima del Bloqueo, Il Bienal de la Habana, Centro Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba

Americana, a Group Material project at the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Anniotanta, Galeria Communale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
The Public Art Show, Nexus Gallery, Atlanta, GA
*Minimal Representation: Another View of New York, curated by Charles Kessler, Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Heroic Figure: thirteen artists from the US, Museum de Arte Moderne, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Santiago, Spain; Caracas, Venezuela
New York Now, Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark
Artists Call: Against US Intervention in Central America, city-wide exhibition, New York, NY
A Decade of New Art, Artists Space, New York, NY
The Heroic Figure, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
*Drawings: After Photography, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Contemporary Perspectives 1984, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
*Contemporary Triptychs, Edith C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

La Forma e l'Inform, Galeria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy
*Compassionate Images, curated by Paul Krainak, N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL; Art and Architecture Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Painting, Metro Pictures, New York, NY
*[(" ' ' ")] Frames of Reference, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown Branch, New York, NY
*Compassionate Images, curated by Paul Krainak, Herron Gallery, Herron School of Art/IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN
The Human Figure, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Art and the Media, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
*New Figuration in America, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
*Image Scavengers, ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Figuring, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
On Location, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX

*Nuova Immagine, XVI Triennale, Palazzo del Triennale, Galleria del disegno, Milan, Italy
Illustration & Allegory, Brooke Alexander Gallery, New York, NY
*Paesaggio di Paesaggi, curated by Flaminio Gualdoni, Salone degli Specchi del Teatro Comunale, Santa Maria Capua Vetere, Italy

The Drawing Center, New York, NY


Afterall, published by Central St. Martins and CalArts, co-editor with Charles Esche and Mark Lewis

ReThinking Exhibitions, MOCA and Side Street Live, Los Angeles, CA, lecture series organized in partnership with Louise Sandhaus
The Pest of Scotland, published by The Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

Shimmer, Barnsdall Art Park, Los Angeles Municipal Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curator

Scottish Parliament Building, EMBT/RMJM, Los Angeles, CA

Derry City Council Building, Derry, Northern Ireland, work proposal

Hot Coffee, Artists Space, New York, NY, curator

Deirdre, WB Yeats, produced by MUSE CalArts, presented at MOD Theatre, CalArts, Los Angeles, CA; Queens Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, set design
Shawhead Sentinel, a large-scale monument at Coatbridge, Scotland, work proposal

The British Art Show 4, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Cardiff and organized by National Touring Exhibitions, South Bank Centre, selector with Richard Cork and Rose Finn-Kelcey

Color This! A Collection of Los Angeles Artists' Drawings, Pat Gomez, Haven Lin-Kirk, Annie Reiniger, Carrie Ungerman, eds., Los Angeles: Foundation for Art Resources, Inc., 1994, p. 58

Power and Responsibility, a conference co-organized by Roberto Bedoya and David Jensen at the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, Russell Ferguson and Ann Goldstein, MoCA, Allan Sekula and Tomas Lawson, CalArts

REAL LIFE Magazine, co-publisher and editor with Susan Morgan

Fallen Angel, Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain, temporary commission

Memory Lingers Here, Dunstan Soap Works, Gateshead, England, temporary commission
International Glasgow Green and Flourishing, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, mural
Here's Loooking at You, Kid, Bellgrove Station, Glasgow, Scotland, billboard

Untitled, Exit 42, I-95, New Haven, CT, billboard
A Portrait of New York, Manhattan Municipal Building, New York, NY, commission

Nostalgia as Resistance, The Clocktower, New York, NY, curator
Civic Virtues/Civil Rights, City Hall Park, The Public Art Fund, New York, NY, commission

"Walking on Wilshire," LAICA Journal, published in CEPA Journal, Volume 4, Number 1, photography project

Interference on the Line, Center Gallery, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, PA, curator

Real Life Magazine presents..., White Columns, New York, NY, curator

Critical Perspectives, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY, curator
A Fatal Attraction, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, catalog cover
45 Minutes of Billie Holiday, Just Another Asshole #5, New York, NY, sound piece
Subculture, Group Material, the New York Subway, New York, NY, subway poster

Real Life Magazine presents..., Nigel Greenwood Gallery, London, England, curator

(* indicates non-periodical book, catalog, or other publication)

Lawson, Thomas, “The Use of Representation Making Some Distinctions,” Flash Art International, February/March 2019, pp. 73-80

"Reviews: Jack Goldstein, Orange County Museum of Art," Artforum, December 2012, p. 269
"Michael Asher (1943 - 2012)," East of Borneo, October 15, 2012
"To Understand the Future of MOCA, Look at its Past," Los Angeles Magazine, August 16, 2012

*"Los Angeles, City of Dust and Dreams," Berlin-Los Angeles: A tale of two (other) cities. Milan: Galleria Massimo De Carlo, 2009

"Fractional Gift," Michael Hurson obituary, Artforum, April 2007, p. 67
"Art School Symposium," Art in America, May 2007
*An Escape Towards Liberty, Los Angeles: Nothing Moments Press, 2007

"Top Ten List," Artforum, December 2006
"Reviews: Los Angeles, 65-85, Pompidou," Artforum, September 2006
"Pret a Prouve," Artforum, January 2006
*Paranoia on the High Seas, Santa Monica: White Wine Press, 2006

Gretchen Bender obituary, Artforum, April 2005
"Not a Condition but a Process," Afterall, Number 11, 2005
"Considering the Effect of Rain: on Representation and the Weather," The New Moderns, The Showroom Annual 2004/05, 2005
"London Waiting, Thinking, Drinking: A Conversation about Patrick Caulfield's Interiors," with Katherine Lewis, Afterall, Number 12, 2005

"Desperate Daydreams," Afterall, Number 9, 2004
"Thomas Lawson on Media Moguls," Artforum, October 2004

*Laura Owens, Los Angeles: MOCA, 2003
Jack Goldstein obituary, X-tra, Volume 5, Number 4, 2003

"Looking for Something to Read," Afterall, Number 6, 2002

*The Pest of Scotland, Glasgow: The Centre, 2001

*Shimmer, Los Angeles: LA Municipal Gallery, 2000
*"Interview with Richard Wright," Richard Wright, Newcastle upon Tyne: Locus+, 2000
"An Incident in California," Side Street Projects, 2000

*"Flying into the Future," Curious, artists' research within expert culture, Glasgow: Visual Arts Projects, 1999

*Empire, with Russell Ferguson, Glasgow: Brunswick St, reprinted by Eindhoven: Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1998
*You Crack Me Up, Georgina Starr, Tuberama, Birmingham: Ikon Gallery, 1998
*El Principe Rana, Chema Cobo, Sevilla: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, 1998

*Hot Coffee, New York, Artist's Space, 1997

*"Attempting Community," Cultural Economies: Histories from the Alternative Arts Movement, New York: The Drawing Center, 1996
*Interview with Allan McCollum, Allan McCollum, Los Angeles: A.R.T Press, Los Angeles, 1996
*"I was a Teenage Vampire," 10 Years of Transmission, Glasgow: Transmission Gallery, 1996

*"Jet Lag and Iron-Hard Jets," The British Art Show 4, London: National Touring Exhibitions, 1995, pp. 88-94

Interview with Douglas Gordon, "Hello, it's me," Frieze, Number 9, March-April 1993, pp. 14-17

*"Frontieres Perdues," Art et Espaces Publics, Givors: Maison du Rhone, 1992
*Guilt by Association, Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 1992

"Angelic Visions," El Sueno Imperativo, Madrid: Circulo de Bellas Artes, 1991
*"Candies and Other Comforts: An Erotics of Care," Claes Oldenburg: Multiples in Retrospect 1964-1990, New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1991
*"The Theatre of the Mind: John Baldessari," Parkett No. 29, Zurich: Parkett-Verlag AG, 1991, pp. 38-42

*"Time Capsule Explodes," Familie Beck, Richard Baim, Hartford: Real Art Ways, 1990
*"Memory Lingers Here," A New Necessity, First Tyne International, Newcastle on Tyne: Tyne and Wear Museum Services, 1990
"Going Public," New Art International (Art & Design), 1990, pp. 72-77

*"A Collective Portrait of Andy Warhol," Andy Warhol: A Retrospective, New York: MoMA, 1989
*"The Theatre of the Mind: John Baldessari," Ni Por Esas, Madrid: Centro Nacional Exposicions de la Reina Sofia, 1989

"An Interview with Critical Art Ensemble," REAL LIFE Magazine, Winter 1988/1989, pp. 2-9
"Time Bandits/Space Vampires," Artforum, January 1988
*"Nostalgia as Resistance," Modern Dreams, Long Island City: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 1988

"The Spiritual in Art at LACMA," LA Weekly, January 1, 1987
"Reheating The: 'Avant-Garde in the Eighties' at LACMA," LA Weekly, May 15-21, 1987, pp. 30, 33
*The Story of Henk Guth, Charlotte: Knight Gallery, 1987
*"Bunk: Eduardo Paolozzi and the Legacy of the Independent Group," This is Tomorrow, Long Island City: P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 1987

"Five Critics Weigh LACMA's The Spiritual in Art: Thomas Lawson," L.A. Weekly, Volume 9, Number 5, December 26, 1986-January 1, 1987
*"The Future is Certain," Individuals: A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945-1986, Los Angeles: MOCA, 1986
"Towards Another Laocoon, or, The Snake Pit," Artforum, March 1986

"Horrorshow," The New Art Examiner, Summer 1985, cover, pp. 24-26
"Little Enough," C Magazine, Number 2, 1985
*"Nature Morte," Infotainment, New York: Reichard/Livet, 1985

"Forum: Generation in Vitro," Artforum, September 1984, p. 99
*Livin' in the USA, New York: Damon Brandt Gallery, 1984
"Hilton Kramer: An Appreciation," Artforum, November 1984, pp. 90-91
"Forum: Generation in Vitro," Artforum, September 1984, p. 99
"How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism, Freedom, and the Cold War," Artforum, Summer 1984
"Thomas Lawson & Ken Lum," Flash Art, June 1984
"Group Material, 'Timeline,' P.S. 1; James Brown, Tony Shafrazi Gallery,"Artforum, May 1984
"Where's the beef?," ZG Magazine, Number 10, Spring 1984
*"On Art and Artists: Thomas Lawson," Profile, Volume 4, Number 2, March 1984
*"Interference on the Line," Contemporary Perspectives 1984, Lewisburg: Center Gallery at Bucknell University, 1984

"An Interview with Komar and Melamid," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 11/12, 1983
"'Terminal New York,' Brooklyn Army Terminal; Edouard Manet, Metropolitan Museum of Art," Artforum, December 1983
"Helmut Middendorf, Bonlow Gallery; Richard Bosman, Brooke Alexander Gallery; Francesco Clemente, Sperone Westwater Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery," Artforum, Summer 1983
"'The Beast' and John Dunkley-Smith, P.S. 1; Victor Alzamora and Jennifer Bolande, Artists Space," Artforum, March 1983
"Gerry Morehead, the Clocktower; Leon Golub, Susan Caldwell Gallery,"Artforum, February 1983

"Conflicting Panaceas," Cover, Number 6, 1982
*A Fatal Attraction, Chicago: The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 1982
"Jimmy De Sana, Bonlow Gallery and Stefanotti Gallery; Marcus Leatherdale, The Clocktower," Artforum, December 1982
"Sigmar Polke," Artforum, October 1982
"Dennis Oppenheim, Bonlow Gallery," Artforum, September 1982
"Michael Smith, 'It Starts at Home,' a video installation at the Whitney Museum; Bernd Koberling, Annina Nosei," Artforum, June 1982
"Troppo Bello Per Essere Vero," Flash Art, Edizione Italiana, May 1982
"Michael Hurson, Paula Cooper; John Clark, 49th Parallel," Artforum, May 1982
"'Kandinsky in Munich 1896-1914,' Guggenheim Museum; Andy Warhol, Leo Castelli Gallery; Joseph Nechvatal, The Kitchen," Artforum, April 1982
"Fragments 1977-1982: Thomas Lawson," Profile, Volume 4, Number 2, March 1982
"William T. Wiley, Allan Frumkin Gallery; A.R. Penck, Sonnabend Gallery,"Artforum, March 1982
"The Dark Side of the Bright Light," Artforum, November 1982, pp. 62-66
"Bruce Robbins, Blum Helman Gallery; Don Nice, Nancy Hoffman Gallery,"Artforum, February 1982
"'In and Out of Power: Photographs from the New York Times,' P.S. 1; Forrest Bess, Whitney Museum of American Art; Alexander Liberman, Andre Emmerich," Artforum, January 1982

"Last Exit: Painting," Artforum, October 1981, pp. 40-47
"We Must Embrace Or Joys and Sorrows," ZG Magazine, Number 3, Autumn 1981
"Too Good to be True," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 7, 1981
"Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Tate Gallery," Artforum, December 1981
"Oskar Kokoshka, Marlborough Gallery; Salome and Luciano Castelli, Annina Nosel Gallery; Eric Bogosian, American Theatre Laboratory; Thornton Willis, Oscarsson Hood Gallery," Artforum, September 1981
"Sandro Chia, Sperone Westwater; April Gornik, Edward Thorp Gallery,"Artforum, Summer 1981
"Emergent Artists at the Guggenheim 1981 Whitney Biennial," Flash Art, Summer 1981
"Schilderkunst in New York: Een geïllustreerde gids," Museum Journal, Number 3, 1981
"Gary Stephan: Mary Boone," Flash Art, Summer 1981
"Julian Schnabel: Mary Boone and Leo Castelli," Flash Art, Summer 1981
"Jack Bush, Andrew Emmerich Gallery; Katherine Porter, David McKee Gallery; Hans Haacke, John Weber Gallery; David Salle, Mary Boone Gallery; Eric Fischl, Edward Thorp Gallery; Robin Winters, Mary Boone Gallery," Artforum, May 1981
"Jasper Johns: Castelli," Flash Art, March/April 1981
"Jennifer Bartlett: Paula Cooper," Flash Art, March/April 1981
"Switching Channels," Flash Art, March/April 1981
"'The People's Choice,' Group Material; Richard Serra, Blum/Helman Gallery; Tony King, O.K. Harris Gallery," Artforum, April 1981
"John Walker, Betty Cunningham; Bernd Naber, Tony Shafrazi; Gerhard Merz, Sperone Westwater Fischer; 'Une Idée en l'Air'; Vincenzo Agnetti, Ronald Feldman," Artforum, February 1981
"William Eggleston, Charles Cowles Gallery; Sol LeWitt, John Weber Gallery; Richard Bosman, Brooke Alexander Gallery; Gary Bower, Max Protetch Gallery," Artforum, January 1981

"Imre Koscis and Josef Erben, P.S. 1; Mel Kendrick, John Weber Gallery,"Artforum, December 1980
"Livio Saganic and Leo Rabkin, Hal Bromm; Matt Mullican, Mary Boone,"Artforum, November 1980
"Chia, Clemente and Cucci: Sperone, Westwater, Fisher," Flash Art, November 1980
"Italo Scanga: Frank Kolbert," Flash Art, November 1980
"'Deconstruction/Reconstruction,' The New Museum; Rena Small, Daniel Wolf; William Betsch, The Space," Artforum, October 1980
"Robert Mangold, John Weber," Flash Art, Summer 1980
"Michelangelo Pistoletto, The Clocktower," Flash Art, Summer 1980
"Miriam Schapiro, Barbara Gladstone, Lerner/Heller," Flash Art, March/April 1980
"Going Places," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 3, 1980
"An Interview with Fashion Moda," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 3, 1980
"Spies and Watchmen," Cover, Number 3, 1980
"Long Distance Information," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 4, 1980
"Silently, By Means of a Flashing Light," October, Number 15, 1980
*"The Olympic Thirteen," Art at the Olympics: A Survey of the National Fine Arts Program, 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid: Lake Placid Olympic Organizing Committee and the National Fine Arts Committee, 1980

"Painting in New York: An Illustrated Guide," Flash Art, October/November 1979
"Painting in New York," Flash Art, October 1979
"The Uses of Representation: Making Some Distinctions," Flash Art, March/April 1979
"Frank Stella: Leo Castelli," Flash Art, March/April 1979
"Andy Warhol: Heiner Friedrich," Flash Art, March/April 1979
"Judith Bernstein at Brooks Jackson Iolas," Art in America, January/February 1979

"Gas: 1978 Exxon National Exhibition," Skyline, Number 3, June 1, 1978, p. 3
"Rober Moskowitz at the Clocktower," Art in America, May/June 1978
"Marcia Hafif at Sonnabend," Art in America, May/June 1978
"Steven Gianakos at Droll/Kolbert," Art in America, March/April 1978

"Every Picture Tells a Story, Don't It," REAL LIFE Magazine, Number 2, 1977

*Norman Lewis: A Retrospective, New York: The Mall, The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, 1976


DISSENT: what they fear is the light, curated by Thomas Lawson and Shoghig Halajian, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

(* indicates non-periodical book, catalog, or other publication)

Dispatches and Directions: On Artist-Run Organizations in Los Angeles, Ronni Kimm and Jesse Aron Green, eds., Los Angeles: ART2102, 2010

REAL LIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects 1979-1994, Miriam Katzeff, Thomas Lawson, and Susan Morgan, eds., New York: Primary Information, 2006

Mining for Gold: Selected Writings (1979-1996), Zurich: JRP|Ringier, 2004

Postmodern Perspectives: Issues in Contemporary Art, Howard Risatti, ed., New York: Prentice Hall, 1999

Flash Art: Two Decades of History, Giancarlo Politi, ed., Boston and New York: MIT Press, 1990

Modern Dreams, Leffingwell and Marta, eds., Boston: MIT Press, 1988
Artwords 2, Jeanne Siegel, ed., Ann Arbor: UMI Press, 1988

Blasted Allegories, Brian Wallis, ed., New York and Boston: The New Museum and MIT Press, 1987

Individuals, A Selected History of Contemporary Art 1945-1986, Howard Singerman, ed., Los Angeles and New York: MOCA and Abbeville Press, 1986

Theories of Contemporary Art, Richard Hertz, ed., New York: Prentice Hall, 1985
Infotainment, Nagy and Robbins, eds., New York: Reichard/Livet and J. Berg Press, 1985

Art After Modernism, Brian Wallis, ed., New York and Boston: The New Museum and MIT Press, 1984


Ucross Foundation Residency, Sheridan, WY

Lewis Walpole Library Fellowship, Farmington, CT

Visual Art Projects, Artists Research Fellowship, Glasgow Visual Art Projects, Artists Research Fellowship, Glasgow, Scotland

Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center Residency, Lake Como, Italy

NEA, Visual Artists Forums, annual funding for REAL LIFE Magazine
NYSCA Visual Arts Panel, annual funding for REAL LIFE Magazine

NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting

Art Matters Inc., Project Grant

NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting

NEA, Artists Fellowship, Painting

(* indicates non-periodical book, catalog, or other publication)

Ferguson, Russell, "Oral history interview with Thomas Lawson, 2018 August 9-10," Archives of American Art, AAA.SI.edu, March 7, 2019
Schwabsky, Barry, "Where Does Art Belong?" TheNation.com, February 4, 2019

Dietmann, Anja, “A Conversation with Thomas Lawson and Susan Morgan,” Pfeil Magazine, 2018, pp. 36-44
Dumbadze, Alexander, "Memory Banks," Art in America, June/July 2018, pp. 72-79

Indiana, Gary, “These ’80s Artists Are More Important Than Ever,” T Magazine, February 13, 2017

*East Rancho Dominguez: I’ll Make Me a World, published as part of Some Place Chronicles, a project of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission in partnership with the Temporary Institute for Unincorporated Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and East of Borneo, funded by the Office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2016
Pangburn, DJ, "'Infotainment': A Playbook for Fighting Trump's America," TheCreatorsProject.vice.com, December 16, 2016
Wolin, Joseph, R., “Every Future Has a Price: 30 Years After Infotainment,” TimeOut.com, December 6, 2016
Lawson, Thomas, “This Was No Mudd Club,” Affidavit.CulturalCounsel.com, November 7, 2016
Shaw, Anny, “New York dealer stages historic Infotainment show 30 years after it was conceived,” TheArtNewspaper.com, September 8, 2016

*Lawson, Thomas, “Forward,” Facing the Music: Documenting Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Redevelopment of Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles: East of Borneo, 2015, pp. 6-7
O'Neill-Butler, Lauren, "Thomas Lawson," Artforum.com, 500 Words, September 7, 2015
Shiff, Richard, “Cliché and a lack of feeling: Richard Shiff explains why critics have failed painting,” TheArtNewspaper.com, June 5, 2015
Smith, Roberta, “Review: At NADA Art Fair, Collecting for Pleasure, Not Status,” The New York Times, May 14, 2015
Muñoz-Alonso, Lorena, “12 Must-Read Tips for a Successful Career in the Art World,” Artnet.com, April 6, 2015
Goldstein, Andrew M., “Gallerist David Kordansky on the Explosion of the L.A. Art Scene,” Artspace.com, January 28, 2015

*Prince Igor: Imaginary Portraits, New York: Karma, 2014
“The Best Art Exhibition: DB14,” DMagazine.com, December 2014
Forrest, Nicholas, “Interview: Juliana Engberg on “Menagerie” at ACCA, Melbourne,” BlouinArtInfo.com, December 18, 2014
“The Best of Big D 2014, Best Art Exhibition: DB14,” D Magazine, 2014
Lawson, Thomas, “Open City,” Artforum, October 2014, p. 117
Gardner, Chris, “Glitzy LAXArt Gala Draws Glamorous L.A. Crowd to Greystone,” HollywoodReporter.com, September 28, 2014
Korek, Bettina, “Seven Not-to-Be-Missed Arty Parties Happening This Fall,” Style.com, September 15, 2014
Vankin, Deborah, “LAXArt plans Hollywood gallery, citywide project called the Occasional,” LATimes.com, September 10, 2014
"Culture & Capital in Dallas," Art in America, April 2014
Korek, Bettina, "A Closer Look: Thomas Lawson Creates for The Met Opera,"Style.com, March 17, 2014
Brogan, Doris, " Artist focuses on many of the world's social issues,"RichlandChronicle.com, February 25, 2014
Chininis, Jennifer, "Dallas Art Fair lures nearly 100 premier exhibitors to 6th annual extravaganza," Dallas.CultureMap.com, February 23, 2014
Simek, Peter, "This Week's 5 Best Art Events," DMagazine.com, February 12, 2014
Morgan, Kendall, "Dallas Biennial moves out of virtual world and into top art spaces," CultureMap.com, January 31, 2014
Simek, Peter, "Weekend Art Picks: Kiki Smith in Denton and DB14 at Goss-Michael," DMagazine.com, January 29, 2014
"IMAGINARY PORTRAITS: PRINCE IGOR to Open at Gallery Met, 1/31; New Production of PRINCE IGOR Opera Set for 2/6," BroadwayWorld.com, January 24, 2014

Wagley, Catherine, "5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Secret Restaurant," LA Weekly, December 18, 2013
"Tom Lawson - MOCA U - MOCAtv," MOCAtv, October 25, 2013, video.
Ziemba, Christine N., "Thomas Lawson's Portrait of Saint Laurent's Rebel Hedi Slimane in Lastest Vogue," Blog.CalArts.edu, September 25, 2013
Heller, Nathan, portrait by Thomas Lawson, "Cutting Edge," Vogue, September 2013, pp. 812-813
Albrecht, Lauren, "Watch Ends & Exits @ LACMA," Art-Nerd.com, July 15, 2013
T.S., "Laughing at Thomas Lawson," PaintingInLA.com, March 6, 2013

*Ellegood, Anne, Lauri Firstenberg, Malik Gaines, Cesar Garcia, and Ali Subotnick, Made in L.A. 2012, Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, University of California, 2012, pp. 127, 147-150
Ellis Fox, Emily, "Reviews: Los Angeles: Thomas Lawson," Modern Painters, December 2012, p. 101
Kennedy, Randy, "Michael Asher, Conceptual Artist, Dies at 69," The New York Times, October 18, 2012, p. B19
Butler, Sharon, "Thomas Lawson: Lost Wholes," TwoCoatsOfPaint.com, October 2, 2012
Diehl, Travis, "Critics' Picks: Thomas Lawson," Artforum.com, September 27, 2012
"Exhibition of new paintings by Thomas Lawson opens at David Kordansky Gallery," ArtDaily.org, September 8, 2012
Katzban, Nicholas, "Thomas Lawson: In the Shadow of the Beast," 24700: News from California Institute of the Arts, September 7, 2012
Koester, Megan, "Thomas Lawson's 'In the Shadow of the Beast' at David Kordansky Gallery, Fabrik Media Network, September 5, 2012
"AR: '25 Years of Talent' at Marianne Boesky," Contemporary Art Daily, August 17, 2012
Howden Chapman, Amy, "Amy's Column 06 - MADE in LA review,"Chartwell.org, July 18, 2012
*25 Years of Talent, texts by Michelle Grabner, Tim Griffin, Randi Hopkins and David Robbins, New York: Marianne Boesky Gallery, 2013
Politi, Giancarlo, and Helena Kontova, "What art will be," Flash Art, July-September 2012, pp. 54-58
Boucher, Brian, in conversation with Lauri Firstenberg, "Made in L.A.: The Biennial," Art in America, June/July 2012, p. 31
"'25 Years of Talent' at Marianne Boesky," Contemporary Art Daily, June 9, 2012
Blodgett, Lucy, "Made in LA: The Hammer Museum Presents The First LA Biennial," HuffingtonPost.com, June 4, 2012
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter, "'Made in L.A.' New Art Now in Los Angeles,"Artnet.com, June 1, 2012
Fabrik, Issue 17, Summer 2012, cover
Lee, Cynthia, "Hammer presents L.A. as vibrant hot spot of contemporary art,"Today.UCLA.edu, May 31, 2012
"What's On: Made in LA 2012," The Art Newspaper, May 30, 2012
Finkel, Jori, "Hammer announces $100,000 prize for new biennial; 60 artists chosen," Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2012

Howard, Christopher, "Thomas Lawson," Artforum.com, May 7, 2011

*"Thomas Lawson," The Beat and the Buzz: Inside the L.A. Art World, edited by Richard Hertz, Ojai: First Minneola Press, 2009, pp. 248-260
Rosenberg, Karen, "Thomas Lawson 'New World'," The New York Times, July 17, 2009, p. C23
Lally, Phyllis, "Artist Profile: Tomas Lawson," Phillips Art Expert, July 10, 2009
Haber, John, "You Ought to Be in Pictures," HaberArts.com, 2009
Berardini, Andrew, "Thomas Lawson: 1977-1987,"
ArtReview, Summer 2009, p. 134
Cotter, Holland, "Framing the Message of a Generation," The New York Times, May 31, 2009, pp. AR1, AR25
Schjedldahl, Peter, "Alien Emotions: Pictures Art Revisited," The New Yorker, May 4, 2009, pp. 74-75
Cotter, Holland, "At the Met, Baby Boomers Leap Onstage," The New York Times, April 24, 2009, pp. C25, C28
Hirsch, Faye, "Voices from a Contentious Era," Art in America, April 2009, pp. 122-129
Yablonsky, Linda, "Photo Play: The Social Life of the Pictures Generation," Art in America, April 2009, pp. 102-109

Miles, Christopher, "Thomas Lawson," Artforum, Summer 2007, pp. 506-507

Helfand, Glen, "AB OVO," Artforum.com, November 8, 2005
Rubinstein, Raphael, "Person, Place and Thing," Art in America, January 2005, pp. 104-109
Finkel, Jori, “First Come the Dealers, And Then the Diplomats,” The New York Times, July 3, 2005
Reynolds, Christopher, “Which way, LACMA?”, Los Angeles Times, June 12, 2005
Muchnic, Suzanne, “Art on the move,” Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2005
Hainley, Bruce, "'The Undiscovered Country': UCLA Hammer Museum,"Artforum, January 2005, p. 189

Harvey, Doug, "It's Alive, Art of the Living Dead," LA Weekly, October 15-21, 2004, p. 53
Pagel, David, "Art review: Leaving Room for Personality," Los Angeles Times, October 20, 2004, pp. E1, E4
*The Undiscovered Country, Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2004

Rimanelli, David, "1989," Artforum, April 2003, p. 106
Storr, Robert, “Thick and Thin,” Artforum, April 2003
Rothkopf, Scott, “The Painter: Thomas Lawson,” Artforum, March 2003
Rimanelli, David, "1982 cont," Artforum, March 2003, p. 115

Cotter, Holland, "Art in Review: The Empire Strikes Back," The New York Times, April 19, 2002
Robinson, Walter, "Weekend Update," Artnet.com, April 20, 2002

Campbell, Clayton, "Group Shows: Exurbia," Flash Art, January/February 2001, p. 66

Knight, Christopher, “Art review: Between Rural and Suburban,” Los Angeles Times, December 15, 2000
*Shimmer, Los Angeles: Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 2000

Frank, Peter, “Art Picks of the Week: Keith Sklar, Tom Lawson,” LA Weekly, October 22-28, 1999

Frank, Peter, "True.Bliss: The Panel Discussion," LA Weekly, January 10, 1997

Thorson, Alice, “Ignore the exhibit but look at the art,” The Kansas City Star, August 30, 1996, p. 22

Packer, William, “Pseudo-profundities,” Financial Times, November 14, 1995
“Around the Galleries,” The Times, June 27, 1995
Cork, Richard, "Visual Arts: strange paintings by Thomas Lawson," The Times, May 30, 1995

“True Colors,” Street News, September 1993
Willette, J.S. M., “California – The State of the Arts: Part One, Graduate School, The Beginning: A Tale of Two Cities: Claremont and Valencia,” Visions, Summer 1993, pp. 46-48
Barden, Lane, “A conversation with Tom Lawson, dean, School of Art, CalArts,” Artweek, Volume 24, Number 9, May 6, 1993

Curtis, Cathy, “’80s Enough: Lecturer Lawson’s Work Embraces a Central Concern for Art During the Past Decade,” Los Angeles Times, June 4, 1992

Schneider, Greg, “A conversation with Tom Lawson,” Artweek, November 7, 1991, Volume 22, Number 37
Sheppard, Clarence, "Cold shoulder," Daily News, May 23, 1991
Cantor, Judy, “El Sueno Imperativo,” Art News, May 1991, p. 164
McDonald, Murdo, “The broad view, taken with imagination,” The Scotsman, February 28, 1991

Cembalest, Robin, "I Love Flamenco," Art News, November 1990, pp. 127-129
Mahoney, Robert, “New York in Review,” Arts Magazine, November 1990, pp. 118-122
Heartney, Eleanor, “Report from Newcastle: Cultivating an Engaged Public Art,” Art in America, October 1990, pp. 53-57
“The Arts in 1990,” Glasgow Herald, September 21, 1990
Milne, Meg, “Lawson paints a picture of local culture,” Scottish Sunday Express, September 16, 1990
Robinson, Hilary, “Power and Position,” The List, September 14-17, 1990, p. 67
Whetstone, David, “Gallery homes in festival garden,” The Journal, May 4, 1990
Blakey, Cliff, "Art out in the open," i Mag, Issue 2, May 1990, p. 22
Kent, Sarah, "Art," Tyne International, Number 14, May 1990, pp. 118-119
*Thomas Lawson, text by Jeanne Silverthorne, Glasgow: Third Eye Center, 1990

Tedeschi, Joan, “City Statues Come to The Municipal Building,” Battery News, November 6, 1989, pp. 28-29
Drohojowska, Hunter, “Stop Making Sense,” Art News, Volume 88, Number 8, October 1989, pp. 146-151
Gaver, Eleanor, “First Person: The Big Sleep,” Art & Antiques, September 1989, pp. 65-68
Decter, Joshua, "Thomas Lawson," Arts Magazine, Summer 1989
Smith, Richard, “MOCA navigates ‘A Forest of Signs’,” New Art Examiner, Summer 1989, pp. 28-31
Degener, Patricia, “L.A. Is Appropriate For ‘Crisis of Representation,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 23, 1989, p. 4C
Marks, Ben, “Exhibitions: Wandering Among the Trees,” Artweek, Volume 20, Number 25, July 15, 1989
Rugoff, Ralph, “Lost in the Woods: Cutting a trail through MOCA’s ‘Forest of Signs’,” LA Weekly, July 14-20, 1989, pp. 35-36, 38
Baker, Kenneth, “Signs Of the Modern Morass: A Forest of Signs,” Review, July 9, 1989, pp. 14-15
Herwitz, Daniel, “Exhibition Reviews: A Forest of Signs,” Modern Painters, June/July 1989, pp. 84-85
Wilson, William, “When Works (and Images) Collide,” Los Angeles Times, June 18, 1989
Pincus, Robert L., “Art review: Ironic ‘Signs’,” The San Diego Union, June 18, 1989, pp. E-1, E-6
Skelley, Jack, “‘A Forest of Signs’ Leads to Eighties Art: At MOCA’s Temp Contemp,” Los Angeles Downtown News, Volume 18, Number 23, June 5, 1989
Wilson, William, “Comments on Our Life and Times: Polite Agit-Pop exhibit in ‘A Forest of Signs’,” Los Angeles Times, May 7, 1989, p. 6
Venant, Elizabeth, “An Exhibition in Search of ‘Real’ Reality,” Los Angeles Times, May 7, 1989, p. 7
Smith, Roberta, “a shift in perspective,” Vogue, May 1989, pp. 230, 232, 234, 236
Kurtz, Steve, Steve Barnes, Dorian Burr, Hope Kurtz, and Rick Dominguez, “Interview: Thomas Lawson: Critical Art Ensemble,” Atlanta Art Papers, Volume 13, Number 1, January/Februray 1989, pp. 20-26
Knight, Christopher, “obscurs objets du désir: une forêt de signes,” Art Press, 1989
Brett, David, “‘New Installations’, Orchard Gallery, Derry,” Circa Art Magazine, 1989, pp. 43, 45

Hayne Bayless, D., "Pair of painters bring art to the arterial," New Haven Register, December 25, 1988
Molina, J., "Thomas Lawson se lleva a EE.UU. el arte 'kitch' de un bar sevillano,"El Correo de Andalucia, October 7, 1988, p. 42
Hinson, Mark, "Critical Art Ensemble brings tough critic to town," Tallahassee Democrat, September 9, 1988, p. 5D
Jones, Ronald, "Hover Culture: The view from Alexandria," Artscribe, Summer 1988, pp. 46-51
Brenson, Michael, "Group Show," The New York Times, July 15, 1988
Jones, Amelia, "Connections to the Real," Artweek, March 26, 1988
Donahue, Marlena, “Kuhlenschmidt – Simon,” Los Angeles Times, March 11, 1988
Oliver, Cordelia, “After Edinburgh’s ‘blockbusters’,” Artwork, March/April 1988
E.H., "Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum," Art News, 1988

*Working in Brooklyn/Painting, text by Charlotta Kotik, Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Museum, 1987,pp. 9-15, 28-29
Phillipson, Michael, "Thomas Lawson, Anthony Reynolds," Artscribe, November/December 1987
Archer, Michael, "London: Thomas Lawson, Anthony Reynold Gallery,"Artforum, November 1987
Januszczak, Waldemar, "The devil in a dour Scot," The Guardian, July 1, 1987
Brenson, Michael, "Art: Brooklyn Painters," The New York Times, June 1987
"Goings on About Town: Thomas Lawson," The New Yorker, March 1987
Cotter, Holland, "Thomas Lawson at Metro Pictures," Art in America, June 1987, p. 156
*Morgan, Susan, Thomas Lawson, London: Anthony Reynolds Gallery, May 1987
Jones, Ronald, “Thomas Lawson: The Decay of Lying,” Artscribe, Number 62, March/April 1987, pp. 43-47
“Goings on About Town: Thomas Lawson,” The New Yorker, March 1987

Smith, Roberta, "Art: In the Mid-70's, Exploring the Image," The New York Times, December 1986
Indiana, Gary, "Landscape Today," The Village Voice, December 16, 1986
"Por encima del bloqueo," Trabajadores, December 2, 1986
Marti, Agenor, "Donan exposición a Cuba artistas norteamericanos," Granma, December 1, 1986
Oramas, Ada, "Un mensaje de amistad por encima del bloqueo," Tribuna, November 29, 1986
"Por encima del bloqueo," Cartelera, November 13, 1986
Malcom, Janet, “Profiles: A Girl of the Zeitgeist––II,” The New Yorker, October 27, 1986, pp. 47-66
Larson, Kay, "Art," New York Magazine, October 20, 1986
"Going Out Guide: Showcase," The New York Times, September 29, 1986
"Drawings on Exhibition," Drawing, Volume VIII, Number 3, September-October 1986
Maloon, Terence, "Parody saves a scrambled Biennale," The Sydney Morning Herald, May 17, 1986, p. 50
Conway, Andrew, "McLaren trades punk rock for Manet," The Australian, May 16, 1986
"U.S. Artists and Painters Show Solidarity with Cuba," Granma, May 8, 1986
Piemonte, Nadia, "Afirman pintores de ese país que donaron obras a Cuba," uno más uno, May 2, 1986
Garcia Peguero, Raquel, "No todo el pueblo de EU comparte la política intervencionista de Reagan: Rudolf Baranik," El Día, May 2, 1986
Villarreal, Claudia, "Coctel en el Museo del Chopo," El Sol de México, May 2, 1986, Section C, p. 9
Vidales, Aura Maria, "El arte norteamericano en la exposición 'Camino a Cuba',"Novedades, May 2, 1986
"A Critical Operation: The Sixth Biennale Of Sydney 1986," FOLLOW me, Issue 22, April/May 1986, pp. 105-108
Camacho Suarez, Eduardo, "Artistas Plásticos de EU Donan Obras a Cuba,"Excelsior, April 29, 1986
Mac Masters, Merry, "'Camino a Cuba', Donación Plástica que Discuten Artistas, Críticos y Diplomáticos," El Nacional, April 28, 1986
"'Camino a Cuba', una Donación de Obras de Autores Norteamericanos en el Chopo, Antes de ser Entregada," El Nacional, April 25, 1986, p. 7
"'Camino a Cuba', exposición que manifiesta amistad y solidaridad," El Universal, March 29, 1986, p. 12
Tibol, Raquel, "De Estados Unidos a Cuba via Mexico," Revista Proceso, Number 489, March 17, 1986

Carrier, David, "Suspicious Art, Unsuspecting Texts," Arts Magazine, November 1985, pp. 32-35
Ratcliff, Carter, “Dramatis Personae, Part I: Dim Views, Dire Warnings, Art-world Cassandras,” Art in America, September 1985, pp. 9-16
Becker, Robert, "Art in View," Interview, July 1985, pp. 108-109
Silverthorne, Jeanne, "Thomas Lawson, Metro Pictures," Artforum, Summer 1985
Cullinan, Helen, "Art trades erasing regional labels," Cleveland Plain-Dealer, May 1, 1985
Wilson, William, "In Search of the Heroic," Los Angeles Times, April 28, 1985, pp. 92-93
Fox, Catherine, "Art Review: 'Suspects' focuses on media's influence on 'reality',"The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, March 31, 1985

"Thomas Lawson," Arts Magazine, November 1984
Johnson, Patricia C., "'Heroic Figure' exhibit doesn't measure up," Houston Chronicle, September 23, 1984, pp. 14,38
Everingham, Carol J., "A show that never should have been," The Houston Post, September 20, 1984, pp. 1F, 3F
Bankowsky, Jack, "Summer Show at Metro Pictures," East Village Eye, September 1984, p. 50
Kuspit, Donald B., "Thomas Lawson at Metro Pictures," Art in America, Summer 1984
Liebmann, Lisa, "Thomas Lawson," Artforum, March 1984
Kuspit, Don, "Tom Lawson: Metro Pictures," Vanguard, April 1984
"Thomas Lawson," East Village Eye, February 1984
E.H., "Thomas Lawson: Metro Pictures," Art News, 1984
Wood Adams, Laurel, "Art Press Review," New Art Examiner, January 1984, p. 5
Xavier de Mendonca, Casimiro, "A nova galáxia," Veja, January 18, 1984, pp. 102-103
Levin, "Thomas Lawson," The Village Voice, January 10, 1984, p. 59
*Drawings: After Photography, texts by William Olander and Andy Grundberg, New York: Independent Curators Incorporated, 1984
*Contemporary Triptychs, Linda Weintraub, ed., Annandale-on-Hudson: Bard College, 1984
*The Heroic Figure, texts by Linda L. Cathcart and Craig Owens, Houston: Contemporary Arts Museum, 1984

Zimmer, W., "Young New York Artists: Thomas Lawson," Avenue, December-January 1984, p. 122
Brenson, Michael, "Thomas Lawson," The New York Times, December 16, 1983
"Thomas Lawson: Metro Pictures," New York Beat, Volume 1, Number 3, December 1983
Drohojowska, Hunter, "Closed Captions/Thomas Lawson," Los Angeles Herald, November 11, 1983
Robbins, D.A., “An Interview with Thomas Lawson,” Arts Magazine, September 1983
Russi Kirshner, Judith, "Chicago: 'Compassionate Images,' N.A.M.E. Gallery,"Artforum, May 1983, pp. 102-103
Rhodes, Richard, “Real Lives,” Vanguard, Febuary 1983, pp. 20-22
Smith, Roberta, "Appropriation über Alles," The Village Voice, January 11, 1983
Glueck, Grace, "Artists Who 'Scavenge' From the Media," The New York Times, January 9, 1983
English, Christopher, "New Figuration," New Art Examiner, January 1983
Starenko, Michael, "What's an artist to do? A short history of postmodernism and photography," Afterimage, January 1983, pp. 4-5

Sozanski, Edward, "Paintings and photographs inspired by media images," The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 12, 1982, p. P1
Krainak, Paul, "Art Press Review," New Art Examiner, December 1982
Rosenbaum, Lee, "Getting Smart About Art," Money Magazine, November 1982, pp. 201-202, 204, 206
Kuspit, Donald B., "Thomas Lawson," Artforum, June 1982, pp. 29-30
Levin, "Real Life Magazine Presents...," The Village Voice, May 25, 1982
Artner, Alan G., "New media show a never-never land of distorted reality,"Chicago Tribune, May 9, 1982, Section 6, p. 17
Smith, Valerie, "Painting: Metro Pictures," Flash Art, May 1982, p. 49
"'Critical Perspectives'," Artforum, April 1982
Schjeldahl, Peter, "Mind Over Matter," The Village Voice, March 9, 1982, p. 79
*New Figuration in America, Milwaukee: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1982
*Image Scavengers: Photography, texts by Janet Kardon, Paula Marincola, and Douglas Crimp, Philadelphia: Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1982

Roberts, John, "Performance at the Tate, 'Real life magazine presents…' at Nigel Greenwood," Artscribe, Issue 32, December 1981
Newman, Michael, "Polemics," Art Monthly, November 1981, pp. 33-35
Casademont, Joan, "Thomas Lawson," Artforum, September 1981, pp. 74-75
Collings, Mathew, "Nothing Deep," Artscribe, Issue 30, August 1981
"MAGS & RAGS: Small Press Publications," Down Town, April 1981, Volume 4, Number 4, p. 1
Tatransky, Valentie, "New York: The Opening of Metro Pictures," Flash Art, Issue 101, January/February 1981, p. 49

Zimmer, William, "Group Exhibition: Metro Pictures," Soho News, Volume 8, Number 8, November 19-25, 1980
Simon, Joan, "Double Takes," Art in America, October 1980, pp. 113-117
Marzorati, Gerald, "Artful Dodger: Galleria," Soho News, September 1980
Tatransky, Valentin, "Illustration & Allegory," Arts Magazine, September 1980
Rickey, Carrie, "Advance to the Rear Guard," The Village Voice, August 17-September 2, 1980, pp. 65, 69
Rickey, Carrie, "Naïve Nouveau and its Malcontents," Flash Art, Summer 1980, pp. 36-39
Kramer, Hilton, "Art: 'Illustration & Allegory' on View," The New York Times, May 23, 1980
Larson, "Art: Illustration and Allegory," Voice Centerfold, May 21-27, 1980
Rickey, Carrie, "Smyth, Schmidt, Smitten," The Village Voice, January 1980
Morgan, Stuart, “Necessary Monsters,” Artscribe, Number 21, January 1980
*Caroli, Flavio, Nuova Immagine (New Image), Milan: Regione Lombardia, 1980
*Paesaggio di paesaggi. Momenti di una geografia manuale, Flaminio Gualdoni, ed., Santa Maria Capua Vetere: Salone degli Specchi del Teatro Comunale, 1980

"Scottish show opens tonight," The Chronicle-Herald, Volume 31, Number 188, Halifax, Canada, August 8, 1979
Caroli, Flavio, "Gruppo di immagini della nuova generazione: Giovani, americani, malati di 'Privato'," Corriere della Sera, April 22, 1979
Tatransky, Valentin, "Group Show: Drawing Center," Arts Magazine, 1979
*Colleagues, an inter-media anthology of contemporary artists, Charles J. Stanley, ed., New York: Pittore Euforico, 1979
*Four Artists: James Birrell, Michael Davey, Gareth Fisher, Thomas Lawson, New York and Edinburgh: Artists Space and New 57 Gallery, 1979

    Selected Press

  • TheCreatorsProject.vice.com
    Infotainment’: A Playbook for Fighting Trump’s America
    DJ Pangburn
  • Artforum.com
    Thomas Lawson
    Lauren O’Neill-Butler
  • Artforum
    Open City
    Thomas Lawson
  • Style.com
    A Closer Look: Thomas Lawson Creates for The Met Opera
    Bettina Korek
  • Vogue
    Cutting Edge
    Nathan Heller
  • Modern Painters
    Reviews: Los Angeles: Thomas Lawson
    Emily Ellis Fox
  • Made in L.A. 2012
    Thomas Lawson
    Lesley Moom
  • Artforum.com
    Critics' Picks: Thomas Lawson
    Travis Diehl
  • The New Yorker
    Alien Emotions: Pictures art revisited.
    Peter Schjeldahl
  • Artforum
    Thomas Lawson
    Christopher Miles
  • Artforum
    Thomas Lawson on Media Moguls
    Thomas Lawson
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