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Dan Nadel


Dan Nadel is the curator-at-large of the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at the University of California, Davis.

As a curator, he has mounted exhibitions including What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art: 1960 to the Present at RISD Museum of Art and at Matthew Marks Gallery; Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters 1973-1977 (with Mike Kelley) at Prism Gallery; Karl Wirsum: Drawings 1967-1970 at Derek Eller Gallery; Suellen Rocca: Bare Shouldered Beauty at Matthew Marks Gallery; Gertrude Abercrombie at Karma; Red Grooms, Handiwork 1955-2018 at Marlborough Gallery; Samaritans at Galerie Eva Presenhuber; Kathy Butterly: ColorForm at Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art; and All of Them Witches (with Laurie Simmons) at Jeffrey Deitch gallery.

His books include Peter Saul: Professional Artist Correspondence 1945-1976, Return to Romance: The Strange Love Stories of Ogden Whitney (with Frank Santoro),The Collected Hairy Who Publications, Art Out of Time: Unknown Comic Visionaries, 1900-1969,Gary Panter, Art in Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures, 1940-1980, and co-authored (with Norman Hathaway) Electrical Banana: Masters of Psychedelic Art, and Dorothy and Otis: Designing the American Dream.

Nadel was the co-editor of The Comics Journal from 2011 through 2017 and has published essays and criticism in Art in America, the New York Review of Books, and Artforum.

Nadel is currently at work on the biography of Robert Crumb (Scribner, 2023) and is a cocurator of an exhibition rethinking the art history of the 1960s for the Whitney Museum of American Art (2022). Online: dnadel.com / IG: @dannadel.