Born:    Dayton, OH, 1941
B.F.A.:  University of Southern California, 1962
M.F.A.:  Syracuse University, 1964


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

Texas Gallery, Houston, 2013
Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NY, 2011, and regularly since 1974
Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, 2009
Warschaw Gallery, San Pedro, CA, 2006

“Peter Plagens: An Introspective,” Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, November, 2004; travels to Columbia College, Chicago, and the Butler Insitute of American Art, Youngstown, OH, 2005

Los Angeles Harbor College art Gallery, 2001
Las Vegas Art Museum, 2001
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH, 1996
Galerie Grashey, Konstanz, Germany, 1994
Jan Cicero Gallery, Chicago, 1998, 1993, 1989. 1986
Jan Baum Gallery, Los Angeles, 1992 and regularly to then since 1977
Southeast Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Winston-Salem, NC, 1984
Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, 1977


Public and Corporate Collections (selected):

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Baltimore Museum of Art
Hirshhorn Museum
Chase Manhattan Bank
Prudential Insurance Corporation
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego



Andy Warhol / Creative Capital Arts Writers Grant, 2009
Brown Foundation Fellow, Dora Maar House, Menerbes, France, 2009
Senior Fellow, National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University, 1998
National Endowment for the Arts (painting), 1985, 1977
National Endowment for the Arts (art criticism), 1973
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (painting), 1972



Art Critic, The Wall Street Journal


Publications (Books):

Bruce Nauman, Phaidon, Inc., 2014 (forthcoming)
The Art Critic (novel),, 2008 and Hol Art Books, 2012
Sunshine Muse: Modern Art on the West Coast 1945-70 (U. of Calif. Press, 2000)*
Time for Robo (novel) (Seattle: Black Heron Press, 1999)
Moonlight Blues: An Artist’s Art Criticism (Ann Arbor: UMI Research Press, 1986)
*Sunshine Muse: Contemporary Art on the West Coast (New York: Praeger, 1974)


Publications (Articles):

“Fine Art” biweekly review column, The Wall Street Journal, since 2011; essays and reviews on contemporary art since 1966, in Artforum, Art in America, Art & Auction, Art Review, and similiar periodicals, since 1966. Other essays in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The New York Observer, and other publications. List upon request.



Kenyon College Summer Institute, 2013; Visiting Professor, New York University, 2011, 2009; Mellon Distinguished Visiting Professor, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 2005; Professor and Chairman, Department of Art, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980-84; Visiting Assoc. Prof. of Art, University of Southern California, 1978-80; Asst./Assoc. Prof. of Art, California State University, Northridge, 1969-78; Visiting Artist, University of California, Berkeley, 1972; Instructor of Art, University of Texas at Austin, 1966-69.