Books and Catalogues


Nancy Davidson:  Cowgirl
Text by Jessica Brier, Renee M. Laegreid, Leisl Carr-Childers
Interview by Kate Gilmore

Published by Daylight
Distributed by D.A.P.  |  Distributed  Art  Publishers

In her sculpture and installation works, New York-­based artist Nancy Davidson (born 1943), recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, celebrates and satirizes popular culture. A central example is the American cowgirl. This publication combines archival cowgirl photographs with images of Davidson's sculptures, photographs of photographs and installations.

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Text by Laurence Hegarty
Video/Sculpture, Dorsky Gallery, January, Brooklyn, 2012.

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An Intimate Affair: Women, Lingerie, and Sexuality

Text by Jill Fields
University of California Press, 2007, p176-177

Rubin Museum of Art
The Flag Project, New York. 2007


Normal Editions Workshop
30th Year Commemorative Catalog, School of Art,
Illinois State University, 2007


Sweet Dreams: Contemporary Art and Complicity 
Text by Johanna Drucker
University of Chicago Press, 2005


No. 1 First Works by 362 Artists. D.A.P.
Text by Francesca Richer and Matthew Rosenzweig
Distributed Art Publishers Inc. 2005


The California Poems (Drawings)
Text by Eleni Sikelianos
Coffee House Press, Fall 2004


The Sculptural Idea
Text by James K. Kelly
Fourth Edition, Long Grove, Illinois
Waveland Press, 2004


”Nancy Davidson.” In Fantasy Underfoot
Catalog Text by Stacey Schmidt
Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C. 2003 


“About the Souffle” In Breathless: Nancy Davidson 
Catalog Text by David Frankel
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, 1999


“On Tweaking Gravity and Visualizing the Unseen.”
In Zero-G: When Gravity Becomes Form 

Stamford, Conn.: Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, 1999 
Catalog Text by Jeff Ko’an Baysa, M.D. 


Feminist as a Method 
Text by Wen Liao
China, 1999


Carnivaleyes: "Ain’t Nothin’ in the World like a Big-Eyed Girl.”
Prague, Czech Republic: Nova Sin Gallery, 1998
 Catalog text by Jo Anna Isaak


Figuring the Body: Nancy Bowen and Nancy Davidson.
Brochure text by Nina Felshin
Middletown, Conn.: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, 1998


Brochure text by Nina Felshin
New York: Dorsky Gallery, 1998


Carnivaleyes: “Carnival Delights.” 
Text by Martina Pachmanova
Prague, Czech Republic: Nova Sin Gallery, 1998. Catalog.

Carnivaleyes: "Ain't Nothin' in the World like a Big-Eyed Girl."

Catalog text by Jo Anna Isaak


“Nancy Davidson.” In Pop Surrealism
Catalog text by Ing rid Schaffner
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut. 1998


“Nancy Davidson.” In Sculpture-Figure-Woman
Catalog text by Ingrid Schaffner
Oberosterreich, Linz, Austria: Landesgalerie, 1998


“Come Rollick with the Queen.” In How’m I Doin’?
Text by Ingrid Calame 
SantaMonica, Calif.: Shoshana Wayne Gallery, 1997


Feminism & Contemporary Art: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Laughter
Text by Jo Anna Isaak
New York: Routledge, 1996


“Nancy Davidson.” In Laughter Ten Years After 
Catalog text by Jo Anna Isaak
Geneva, N.Y.: Hobart and William Smith Press, 1996


Conceptual Textiles, Material Meaning
Catalog text by Alison Ferris
Sheboygan, Wisconsin, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 1995

Articles and Reviews

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Meredith Sellers "Sexual and Playful Inflatable Bodies" Hyperallergic, May 20, 2016

"Ridin' High with Nancy Davidson" words by Riley Hooker Topical Cream, June 1, 2016

"Nancy Davidson in Conversation with Kate Gilmore." Brooklyn Rail (September 2012)
Kate Gilmore

"F is for Feminism! And Other Things!"New York Observer (March 2007)
Gillian Regan

“Black & Pink.” (August 26, 2005)
Nina Schedlmayer

Salzburger, Nachrichten (August 18, 2005)
Ulrike Guggenberger

“A Familiar Fantasy.” The Washington Post (December 22, 2002)
Blake Gopnik

“The Human Bawdy.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (January 25, 2002)
Kurt Shaw

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (January 16, 2002)
Eve Modzelewski

“Inflated Desire.” Smock (Winter 2002)
Laura Parker

“Robert Miller: Nancy Davidson.” Brooklyn Rail (Oct 2001)
Rachel Youens

 "Nancy Davidson." The New York Times (September 21, 2001)
Grace Glueck

“Nancy Davidson.” Sculpture (April 2000)
Robert Raczka

The Philadelphia Inquirer (December 3, 1999)
Edward Sozanski

"Abschied von Momma" (Farewell to mother) Der Spiegel (May 1999)
Jurgen Hohmeyer

"Nancy Davidson at Dorsky." Art in America (April 1999)
Carol Diehl

"Nancy Davidson." Artforum (February 1999)
David Frankel

“Pop Surrealism.”Artforum (October 1998)
Steven Henry Maddoff

"Nancy Davidson." The New York Times (October 9, 1998)
Ken Johnson

“Figuring the Body: Nancy Bowen and Nancy Davidson.” Sculpture (November 1998)
 Amy Schlegel

“The Eyes Have It: Feminism’s Fun.” The Prague Post (May 13-19, 1998)
Mimi Froncsak Rodgers

“Vystava Karneval ma v sobe humor I smutek” (The carnival has a sadness in Itself as well). Lidore Noviny, Praha (May 1998)
Anna Irmanova

"Nancy Davidson." Art/Text#60 (February-April 1998)
Mario Cutajar

“Two Women Receive Art Grants from Unknown Female Donor.” The New York Times (March 22, 1998)
Roberta Hershenson

“Flights of Creation by Women and Some about Women Too.” The New York Times (February 15, 1998)
 William Zimmer

“Anonymous Gifts for Art, So Women Creating It Aren’t.” New York Times (October 12, 1997)
Judith H. Dobrzynski

“Nancy Davidson, Joseph Cornell: Art Picks of the Week.” L.A. Weekly (September 5, 1997)
Peter Frank

“Nancy Davidson.” Artforum (February 1997)
C.L. Morrison

“Art Institute Exhibit Is Something To Cheer About.” The Baltimore Sun (January 29, 1997)
John Dorsey

“Nancy Davidson at Richard Anderson.” Art in America (September 1995)
Michael Duncan

“Nancy Davidson.” Artforum (Summer 1995)
Barry Schwabsky

“Nancy Davidson.” New Art Examiner (Summer 1995)
Sue Canning

“Clothing As Subject.” Art Journal (Spring 1995)
Nina Felshin

“Nancy Davidson.” The Village Voice (April 1995)
Kim Levin

“Maux Faux.” The New York Times (March 24, 1995)
Pepe Karmel

“Nancy Davidson.” The New York Times (March 17, 1995)
Michael Kimmelman

“Zone.” Frieze (November 1993)
Michael Duncan

“Nancy Davidson.” Art Press (June 1993)
Robert Edelman

“Nancy Davidson.” Art in America (February 1992)
Raphael Rubinstein

"Nancy Davidson." The Village Voice (December 17, 1991)
Kim Levin

“Nancy Davidson.” Arts Magazine (December 1991)
Eunice Lipton and Clare Bell

Arts Magazine (October 1991)
Robert Mahoney

Art Issues (September 1990)
Buzz Spector

“Nancy Davidson.” Art in America (February 1984)
Michael Bonesteel

Art News (January 1981)
Meir Ronnen

Art in America, (May 1979)
Joanna Freuh

“Nancy Davidson.” Artforum (October 1977)
C.L. Morrison

“Nancy Davidson.”Vangard, (March 1977)
Charles Dawson

“Chicago.” Art in America (Summer 1976)
Peter Schjeldahl