David Diao was born 1943 in Chengdu, Sichuan, CN.

Lives and works in New York, NY, USA.



The Cooper Union



Kenyon College, BA  

Solo Exhibitions


ShanghART Gallery, Singapore, Republic of Singapore


New Work, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium



Studios and Sales, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Kin, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, DE

David Diao: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestor, ShanghART Beijing, Beijing, CN


West Bund Art & Design, Shanghai, CN

America Beckoning, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, USA
HongKong Boyhood, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA


REF: Barnett Newman, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium


David Diao, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, CN (catalog)


David Diao: Front to Back, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA

Melnikov, Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid, ES



TMI, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Artist on Artist Lecture: David Diao on Barnet Newman, February, DIA Art Foundation



David Diao: Franklin Street, 5th fl, 1974-2012 (curated by Pavel S. Pys), organized by Tanya Leighton Gallery, 72 Franklin Street, New York, NY, USA

Walid Raad & David Diao, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA



David Diao: Da Hen Li House, I lived there until I was 6... Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid, ES

David Diao: Design Matters, Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid, ES



David Diao, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium



I lived there until I was 6… Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Best Laid Plans, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, DE

Da hen Li House, Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, CN (catalog)



Demolished/At Risk, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA

David Diao: Co To Jest Konstruktywizm & After, Galeria Arsenal, Bialystok, and

Galeria Klima Bochenska, Warsaw, PL (catalog)



Demolished/At Risk, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



Histoires et Fictions, Peintures Recentes de David Diao, La Criée and La Galerie du TNB, Rennes, FR



The Bitter Tea of General Yen, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



Barnett Newman: 1 Painting & 5 Prints, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Vendus, École National d’Art de Dijon, FR



Selections 1972–1991, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

1969-1991… a real allegory, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Claire Burrus Gallery, Paris, FR

Het Kruithuis, Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘s–Hertogenbosch, NL

Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium



Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Galerie Joseph Dutertre, Rennes, FR

Musée d’art moderne, Saint Etienne, FR



Galerie Westersingel 8, Rotterdam, NL

Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Rosa Esman Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA, USA



115 Spring Street, New York (Artist's Studio), NY, USA



Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Jared Sable Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York, NY, USA



Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, CA



Reese Palley Gallery, New York, USA



Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, CA



New Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Parker Street 470, Boston, MA, USA



Galleria Françoise Lambert, Milan, IT

Sheetrock, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions


Bauhaus: Utopia in Crisis, Camberwell College of Arts, London, trav. 2020 to Bauhaus University, Weimar, DE

Genealogy of Art or the History of Art as Visual Art, Foundation Juan March, Madrid / Museo Picasso, Malaga, ES

New York: the 1980s; Part II, Le Consortium, Dijon, FR



alt-facts, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY, USA

Social Photography V, Carriage Trade, New York, NY, USA



Prelude / Subversion, Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Corea

Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA



Affinity Atlas, Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Museum Studies, Berman Museum, Collegeville, Pensilvania, USA


Some Artists, Minus Space, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Biennial, The Whitney Museum od American Art, New York, USA

Lo que ha de venir ya ha llegado, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (C.A.A.C), Seville, Spain

David Diao / Two Generations of Color Painting (1970) in ICA@50, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

ICA@50: Pleasing Artists and Publics Since 1963, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA



Swing State, Jane Kim Gallery, New York, USA



Walid Raad & David Diao, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York, USA

The House Show. David Diao, Elisabeth Kley, Richard Sigmund & Gwenn Thomas, Rose Burlingham, Living Room Gallery, New York, USA

Conceptual Abstraction, Hunter College Art Galleries, New York, USA

Context Messagem, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, USA

Richteriana, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA

Open::Closed (curated by David Howe), 601Artspace, New York, USA

Painters Painting (curated by Stuart Horodner), Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA, USA

The Annual: 2012, National Academy Museum, New York, USA

The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now, (selected by Daniel Sturgis, curated by Martin Clark and Sarah Shalgosky), Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK



The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now (selected by Daniel

Sturgis, curated by Martin Clark and Sarah Shalgosky), Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK

Art / system / poesie, In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France

The Horizon Behind Us (curated by Michele D’Aurizio), The Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan, Italy



Lonely at the Top: Modern Dialect (curated by Win Van den Abbeele), MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium

Matthew Brannon, Mathew Cerletty, David Diao, Daniel Sinsel, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium



Images & (Re)Presentations, Magasin-CNAC, Grenoble, France



Unnamablename (curated by Kim Asbury and Todd Ayoung), Københavns Hovedbibliothek, Copenhagen, Denmark



High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975, National Academy Museum, New York, traveling through 2008 to Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologi, Karlsruhe, Germany; Neue Galerie, Graz, Austria; Museo de Arte Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; National Academy Museum, New York; American University Museum, Washington DC; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA

Dialogues, Le Quartier, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Quimper, France

Stripes (curated by Ginny Kollak), Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA



Dreaming of A More Better Future (curated by Saul Ostrow), Institute of Art, Rehberger Galleries, Cleveland, OH, USA

2nd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China

Design for Living, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY, USA

Les apparences sont souvent trompeuses, capc Musée D’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France

David Diao/Gang Zhao, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hongkong, China



About Painting, Tang Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Black Belt, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA, USA



Black Belt, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA

Temporal Surfaces, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada

David Diao /Gang Zhao: at Mid Career, Asian American Arts Centre, New York, USA



The Sensibility of the 80s, Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich, Switzerland



Personal Space: the Domesticated Long Island Landscape, The Parrish Museum, Southampton, NY, USA



After the Fall, Painting in New York Since 1970, Snug Harbor Center for the Arts, Staten Island, NY, USA



Landscape Reclaimed, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA

Thinking Print, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

Fractured Fairy Tales: Art in the Age of Categorical Disintegration, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC, USA

Time Wise, The Swiss Institute, New York, USA



Raw, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA

True Lies, Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, USA

On Target, Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, USA



East/West, Cross Cultural Influences in Painting, E.S. Vandam, New York, USA

About Time, Testwall, TZ’Art & Co., New York, USA

Crash, Thread Waxing Space, New York, USA

Die Orte der Kunst, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany



Gegen den Strich—Against the Grain, Galerie Theuretzbacher, Vienna, Austria

C’Est Pas La Fin Du Monde—Une Vue Des Années 80, La Cour d’Or, Musée de Metz, France

Génériques: le visuel et l’écrit, Hôtel des Arts, Paris, France

Oeuvres Americaines, Autour de la Collection, FRAC, Dijon, France

Slow Art: Painting In New York Now, P.S.1 Museum, Queens, New York, USA

then & NOW, Philippe Staib Gallery, New York, USA

Quotations, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, USA

En Noir Et Blanc, Galerie du Tnb, Rennes, France



Conceptual Abstraction, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, USA

Schwerelos, Grossen Orangerie, Charlottenberg Castle, Berlin, Germany

Le Consortium Collectionne, Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France

Words & #s, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA

Marta Cervera Gallery, New York, USA

The Construction of Knowledge, Diane Brown Gallery, New York, USA

PastFutureTense, Winnipeg Art Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada



The Charade of Mastery, Whitney Museum of American Art, Downtown at Federal Reserve Plaza, NY, USA

Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia, USA

All Quiet On The Western Front?, Espace Dieu, Paris, France


Une Autre Affaire, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA

Jet Lag, Turon Travel, Inc., New York, USA

Mind and Matter: New American Abstraction, USIA traveling exhibition to Asian capitals

Diagrams and Surrogates, Shea and Beker Gallery, New York, USA

Diao, Dona, Goldstein, and Ladda, Krygier/Landau Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA



Hybrid Neutral: Mode of Abstraction and the Social, traveling exhibition, Independent Curators, Inc., New York, USA

Art at the End of the Social, Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA, USA

Meaningful Geometry, Postmasters Gallery, New York, USA

Michael Corris, David Diao, Olivier Mosset, Shafrazi Gallery, New York, USA



Generations of Geometry, Whitney Museum of American Art at Equitable Center, New York, USA

Post–Abstract Abstraction, Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, USA

Corris, Diao, IFP, Parrino, Le Consortium, Dijon, France

Avant-Garde in the 80's, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA



Tableaux Abstraits, Villa Arson, Centre National d’Art , Nice, France

Ultrasurd, S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto, Canada

The Use of Geometry in the 80’s, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, USA

Paravision II, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Red, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA

Abstract Appropriations, Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York, USA

Spiritual America, CEPA, Buffalo, New York, USA



Cult and Decorum, Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, USA

The Non–Objective World, Kamikaze Club, New York, USA



The Terminal Show, Brooklyn, New York, USA



The Chinese Response: Paintings by Leading Overseas Artists, Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong, China



Geometric Abstraction: A New Generation, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, USA



Mind Set: An Ongoing Involvement with the Rational Tradition, John Weber Gallery, New York, USA



The New York School: The State of the Art, New York State Museum, Albany, NY, USA



Maler, Painters, Peintres, Prospect ’73, Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany

Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA



8 New York Painters, Museum of Art, Berkeley, CA, USA

David Diao and Cy Twombly, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, USA



The White Monochrome in 20th Century Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA

8 from New York, Gallery A, Sidney, Australia



Two Generations of Color Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

Using Walls, Jewish Museum, New York, USA



Annual Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA

The Albert Pilavin Collection: 20th Century American Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI, USA

Scenic Landmarks of New York presents a Scenic Landmark for Toronto, David Diao and Brice Marden, Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto, Canada

David Diao and Peter Young, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, USA



Park Place Gallery, New York, USA



Karen Marta, Philip Tinari, David Diao, Ullens Centre for Contemporary Arts and DelMonico Books-Prestel. Texts by Philip Tinari, Michael Corris, Karen Marta, Pi Li and Sarah K. Rich

苏印, “Shadow of Ancestors”, Architectural Digest China, July 2018


Tatiana Istomina, “David Diao,” Art in America, May 19
Alex Greensberger, “The Land That Time Forgot: In His Paintings, David Diao Tries to Recall His Hong Kong Boyhood” Art News, March 10
“David Diao at Postmasters,” Contemporary Art Daily, March 9
Martha Schwendener, “What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week,” The New York Times, March 2

“Hong Kong childhood”, Wow! LaLa!, March 1
“David Diao’s ‘HongKong Boyhood’ at Postmasters Gallery, New York”, ArtInfo, February 23
“David Diao”, Art in America, February 9
Andrew Shiue, “NYC Chinese Cultural Events and Art Exhibitions: February 3 – February 9, 2017”, Beyond Chinatown, February 1
Cassidy Dawn Graves, “Openings: Black Lives Matter Show, Art for the Apocalypse, Refugee Reflections”, Bedford + Bowery, January 30
Michael Anthony Farley, “This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Constructing Paradise or the Devil Giving Birth to the Patriarchy?”, ArtFCity, January 30


“David Diao: 231A Bowery(1971-74)”, Bowery Artist Tribute, Vol. 4, April 5, 2016
Pauline J. Yao, “Premiere | Artist Talk | David Diao”, Art Basel Hong Kong, video interview, March 29

Hiram To, Though Worlds Apart...The 2 Lives of David Diao”, Harper’s Bazaar, March 2016

Noah Johnson, “With Dark Clouds Overhead, Art Basel Hong Kong Opens for Business”, ArtNews, March 24

“David Diao Ref: Barnett Newman at Office Baroque, Brussels”, Mousse Magazine, March 23

Hannah McGivern, Ermanno Rivetti, Javier Pes, “Countdown to Art Basel in Hong Kong”, The Art Newspaper, March 22

Alanna Martinez, “The Independent Fair’s New Tribeca Home is the Best Place to View Art This Week”, Observer, March 5
Martha Schwendener, “Review: Independent Fair Is More Conventional, but Still Eye-Catching”, New York Times, March 4

Jason Farago, “The Armory Show review – a more thoughtful, less cash-and-carry art week”, The Guardian, March 

Scott Indrisek, “Independent New York is a Cut Above, Moment by Moment”, Blouin ArtInfo, March 3

Karen Rosenberg, “10 Standout Painters to Discover From Independent New York 2016”, Art Space, March 3

Mostafa Heddaya, “Q&A: David Diao On His Productive Anxiety of Influence”, Blouin ArtInfo, March 3

Scott Indrisek, “Independent Keeps Its Cool”, Blouin ArtInfo, February


Natalie Hegert, “15 Best Artist Retrospectives of 2015”, The Huffington Post, December 26

“David Diao at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art”, Contemporary Art Daily, November 18

Raphael Rubinstein, “Total Service Artists”, Art in America, October 4
Nick Bedard, “Inside the mind of artist David Diao”, China-Cul, September 29

“Fall Shows in Beijing”, Randian, September 29

Nooshfar Afnan, “David Diao’s personal narrative takes on New York abstraction”, Art Radar, September 25

“Through his symbolic painterly rhetoric, David Diao Transforms the formal language of
New York Abstraction through his personal narrative”, Art Behrain, September 22
Matthew Deleget, “David Diao”, Bomb Magazine, Fall

Lavender Au, “David Diao : I am fearless about revealing the seamy underbelly of myself”, Christies, September 28
Danyu Xu, “artnet对话— —刁德谦(David Diao)谈UCCA回顾展: “我对自己的嫉妒、失望和野心毫不忌讳"" artnet news China, September 17

Mostafa Heddaya, “Fine Lines: Tracing Five Decades of David Diao’s Singular Abstraction”, Modern Painters, September 17
Sue Wang, “David Diao’s first full-scale retrospective opens September 19 at UCCA in Beijing”, September14

“David Diao”, Artnews, September

“David Diao”, Ullens Center For Contemporary Art.org, September 30



Chris Dorland, “System | Service | Processor”, Frische, UK, No. 05 – SS14

Richard Klein, Front to Back, essay accompanying the solo exhibition, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, July
Heinz Peter Schwerfel, “Insider sind Out: Kunstbetrieb und olympischer Geist oder Dabeisein ist nicht alles”, Lettre International, No. 104, Spring, pp. 92-96

David Podgurski, “Appropriation, Dialogue, Memorial”, New Canaan Darien Magazine, September 11

Maryam Omidi, “Radical geometry: artists’ reflections on Kaimir Malevich”, The Calvert Journal, July 16

Lauren O’Neill Butler, “David Diao discusses his exhibition at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art”, Artforum, July 10

Carles Guerra, “David Diao at Marta Cervera”, Contemporary Art Daily, June 17

Mousse Magazine, May 29
Blake Gopnik, “David Diao Tracks The Big Game”, Artinfo, May 20



Robert Berlind, “David Diao TMI”, The Brooklyn Rail, May 3
Davina Lee, “David Diao, A Bitter Pill”, Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong, May
Jonathan T.D. Neil, “David Diao”, ArtReview, April

David Cohen, “Towards A Sense of Closure: David Diao’s TMI at Postmasters”, Artcritical, April 26

Holland Cotter, “David Diao: TMI”, The New York Times, April 18
“Going Ons About Town”, The New Yorker, April 16
Blake Gopnik, “David Diao Plagiarizes Himself”, The Daily Beast, Newsweek, April 4
Andrew Russeth, “David Diao: TMI at Postmasters”, Gallerist NY, The New York Observer, April 2

“New York Artists Now: The Establishment, 100 Artists”, The New York Observer - Gallerist, February 25


Holland Cotter, “Walid Raad and David Diao”, The New York Times, October 25

Joan Waltemath, “David Diao and Walid Raad”, The Brooklyn Rail, November

Holland Cotter, “Conceptual Abstraction”, The New York Times, November 1  

Stephen Squibb, “Walid Raad & David Diao”, October 14

Benjamin Sutton, “Bruce Nauman, Peter Saul, and Cindy Sherman Among 23 New National Academy

Members”, Artinfo, July 2

Kyle Chayka, “Deconstructing Gerhard Richter Mania, Postmasters Offers a Playful and Surprisingly Affecting Essay in Exhibition Form”, Blouin Artinfo, June 5

Blake Gopnik, “A Deity, Doubted”, The Daily Beast, June 4

Ulrike Knofel, “Leicht verwischit” (trans. “Slightly Blurred”), Der Spiegel, May 28

James Hannaham, “The Richter Scale”, The Village Voice, May 23

Jane Hu, “Gerhard Richter Is A Famous Painter Of Expensive Paintings”, The AWL, May 22

Carolina A. Miranda Gallerina, “This Week: Must-See Arts in the City”, WNYC Culture, May 09

Karen Tauches, “More Than Painting: Professionals Pant at the contemporary”, Burnaway, May 5

Julia Halperin, “Postmasters Exhibition Questions Gerhard Richter’s Earth-Shattering Success”, In The Air, Blouin Artinfo, April 25

Mark Harris, “Indiscipline of Painting at Tate St. Ives”, Art Monthly, February



Piper Koh, “One Suitcase Per Person”, Time Out Hong Kong, December 7

Els Fiers, “David Diao, Office Baroque”, Metropolis M, February/March

Vivian Ziherl, “David Diao”, Leap, January



Eleanor Heartney, “Invisible Networks”, Art in America, November



Hiram To, “Match Point, Harper’s Bazaar, March

“Galleries: Chelsea: David Diao”, New Yorker, February 23

Nicole Pasulka, “Loss of Home”, The Morning News, March 2

Stephen Maine, “David Diao: I lived there until I was 6… at Postmasters”, artcritical.com, February

Paul Laster, “David Diao, I lived there until I was 6…”, Time Out New York, February 5



Philip Tinnari, David Diao’s ‘Da Hen Li House’, catalog essay, Courtyard Gallery, Bejing, March

Catherine Spaeth, “David Diao: A Picaresque Tale of Ruins”, catherinesartforums.blogspot.com, May 2

Andrew Maerkle, “David Diao”, Art Asia Pacific # 57, March

Catherine Spaeth, “Inspired by Environs, From City Loft to Country Trailer”, The New York Times, April 8



Michael Corris, “Medals of Honor and Flags of Convenience: The Paintings of David Diao”, David Diao: Works 1969-2005, Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijing

Co to Jest Konstruktywizm & After (catalog), Galeria Arsenal, Poland

Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, Stammaume der Kunst zur Genealogie der Avantgarde, Akademie Verlag, Berlin

Edward Leffinfwell, “David Diao at Postmasters”, Art In America, November

Helen A. Harrison, “Design for Living”,  The New York Times, October 2



Howard Singerman, “Noncompositional Effects, or the Process of Painting in 1970”, Oxford Art Journal, January 26



Lilly Wei, “David Diao” (review), Art in America, July


Michael Brennan, “Painter’s Journal”, artnet.com/Magazine/reviews/11-20-00

Saul Ostrow, “David Diao: Two Acts in One”, NY Arts, December



“Serie’Bruche’: David Diao”, art das kunstmagazin, Hamburg, October

Henri-Pierre Jeudy, “Les Usages Sociaux de l’Art”,  Circe, pp.147-160

“Interview with David Diao”, Fractured Fairy Tales: Art in the Age of Categorical Disintegration (exhibition catalog), Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC



Paul A. Anderson, “David Diao: Critical Painting and the Racial Sublime”, Third Text #33, London, Fall

Mira Schor, “The Bitter Tea of General Yen: Paintings by David Diao”, Provincetown Arts, Summer

David Rimanelli, “David Diao” (review), Artforum, Summer

Brooks Adams, “David Diao” (review), Art in America, May

Kathleen Finley Magnan, “The Bitter Tea of David Diao”, Asian Art News, Hong Kong, March/April

Elizabeth Hess, “The Diao Foundation”, The Village Voice, February 28



Gao Cianwei, “Formalism and Meaning”, Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, Taiwan, December

Naiming Zheng, “Cleanly Cropped Modern Landscape”, Artist, Taipei, October

“Geometry and Beyond Geometry”. Conversation between Wu Mali and David Diao,

Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, October

Hou Hanru, “David Diao: Standing Up to Authority”, Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, September



David Diao, “When the Wheel is Invented Anew”, Tema Celeste, April/May

Richard Kalina, “David Diao at Postmasters” (review), Art in America, March

Marjorie Welish, “Abstraction, Advocacy of”, Tema Celeste, January–March

David Humphrey, “David Diao at Postmasters” (review), Art Issues, #21, January/February

Robert Mahoney, “David Diao” (review), Arts, January

Rhonda Lieberman, “David Diao” (review), Artforum, January



Conceptual Abstraction (catalog with artist’s statement), Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, November/December

L. C. Huang, “The New Language of Abstract Painting”, Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, November

Bruce Ferguson, “A New History: David Diao’s Paintings”, in David Diao: Selections 1972–1991 (exhibition catalog), Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, October

Roselyne Perrodin, “Paintings: David Diao, Bernard Frize and Francois Perrodin”, in Abstract Paintings in the Collection of FRAC Bretagne (exhibition catalog), FRAC Bretagne, Bretagne, France



Charles Penwarden, “David Diao” (review),  Artscribe, December

“David Diao: Peinture et Silence”, Elle, #2341, Paris, November 19

Lucy R. Lippard, Mixed Blessings, The New Press, New York and Toronto

Victoria Lu, “Postmodernist Art”, Artists’ Press, Taipei

Heinz–Peter Schwerfel, “David Diao”, Beaux–Arts, #84, November

Bruce Ferguson, “Modernism’s Many Lives: David Diao”, Artforum, May

Richard W. Quinn, “Critical Investments”, essay in The Charade of Mastery (exhibition catalog), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Bruce Ferguson, “PastFuturTense: or What is a Meta For?”, essay in PastFutureTense (exhibition catalog), The Winnipeg Art Gallery and The Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada

Kees Broos, “On Thin Ice”, essay in David Diao (exhibition catalog), Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Het Kruithuis, ’s– Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium

Joshua Decter, “A Genealogy of Signs: David Diao’s Metahistoricist Redactions (Synchronic into Diachronic, Diachronic into Synchronic)”, in David Diao (exhibition catalog), Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Het Kruithuis, ’s– Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium

Jack Bankowsky, “David Diao: Postmasters” (review), Artforum, March

Paggy Cyphers, “David Diao” (review), Arts, February

Terry R. Myers, “David Diao” (review), Lapiz, February



Joshua Decter, “The Greenberg Effect”, Arts, December

Roberta Smith, “Tops of the Town: Critics’ Choices”, New York Times, November 24

Bruce Ferguson, “From Vision to Text: a Re–Action”, essay in David Diao (exhibition catalog), Musée d’Art Moderne Saint–Étienne, Saint–Étienne, France

Catherine Grout, “David Diao, Formalisme et Histoire” (interview), Art Press, No. 130, Paris, November

Ken Johnson, “David Diao at Postmasters”, Art in America, July



Michael Jenkins, “David Diao–Interview”, Artpapers, Atlanta, May/June



Robert C. Morgan, “Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom, David Diao and the Modernist Monogram”,

Arts, May

Jack Bankowsky, “Iconoclasms: The Styles of David Diao”, essay in David Diao (exhibition catalog),

Postmasters Gallery, New York, March 1988

Catherine Queloz, “La Peintre en Abyme: Notes sur le Travail de David Diao”, FACES: Journal d’Architectures, No. 7, Geneva, Winter



Collins and Milazzo, “Tropical Codes, 3. David Diao, Die Überflüssigkeit der Vision”, Kunstforum International, No. 92, Köln, December

“Neo–Geo, New Mode from New York”, Bijutsu Techo, Tokyo, December 1987

Nicholas Bourriaud, “L’Heritage de l’Indifference, Art Minimal”, Artstudio, No. 6, Paris, Autumn

Craig Bromberg, “Teaching Tomorrow’s Avant–Garde”, Artnews, Sept

Roberta Smith, “Generations of Geometry”, New York Times, July 17

Robert C. Morgan, “David Diao’s New Paintings: The Historicity of the Present”, C magazine, Toronto, June

Barry Schwabsky, “David Diao–Review”, Artscribe, London, April/May



Christian Besson, “Tableaux Abstraits”, Art Press, No. 106, Paris, September

Stephen Westfall, “Diaorama”, Art in America, March



Clark V. Poling, Geometric Abstraction: A New Generation (exhibition catalog), Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston



Thomas Lawson, “David Diao” (review), Art in America, January/February

Tiffany Bell, “David Diao”, Arts, January



Carrie Rickey, “Fashion/Custom/Style”, Artforum (cover), October



Joseph Masheck, “David Diao’s Chinatown”, Arts, January



John Elderfield, “Diao”, Studio International, London, Summer (Cover designed by Diao)

Thomas B. Hess, “Hello Old Paint!”, New York Magazine, April 22



John Elderfield, “Painterliness Redefined”, Art International, Lausanne, April



Peter Schjeldahl, “Two on the Move in a Movementless Time”, New York Times, Sunday, March 19

Robert Hughes, “Three Bold Newcomers”, Time, New York, March 13



Carter Ratcliff, “Painterly vs. Painted”, Artnews Annual, New York

Patrice J. Marandel, “La Nouvelle Peinture Abstraite Americaine”, Opus, No. 28, Paris, November

Joseph Masheck, “David Diao–Review”, Artforum, New York, June



Gregoire Muller, “After the Ultimate”, Arts, March

Dore Ashton, “Young Abstract Painters, Right On!”, Artnews, February



Emily Wasserman, “Three Younger Artists”, Artforum, Summer

Awards & Nominations


Grants to Artists (Visual Arts), Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, USA


National Academy Award for Excellence


Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, US & Canada