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

Lives and works in New York.


1965 The Cooper Union

1964 Kenyon College, BA  




America Beckoning, Gund Gallery, Ohio
HongKong Boyhood, Postmasters Gallery, New York


REF: Barnett Newman, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium


David Diao, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China


David Diao: Front to Back. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgfield, Connecticut

Melnikov. Galería Marta Cervera, Madrid



TMI. Postmasters Gallery. New York

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). Tanya Leighton Gallery,

New York.

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



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

David Diao: Design Matters. Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid



David Diao. Office Baroque, Antwerp



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



Best Laid Plans. Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin

Da hen Li House. Courtyard Gallery, Beijing, China



Demolished/At Risk. Postmasters Gallery, New York

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

Galeria Klima Bochenska, Warsaw, Poland



Postmasters Gallery, New York



Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



Histoires Et Fictions, Peintures Recentes De David Diao. La Criée and La Galerie du Tnb, Rennes, France



The Bitter Tea of General Yen. Postmasters Gallery, New York



Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan



Barnett Newman: 1 painting & 5 prints. Postmasters Gallery, New York



Vendus. École National d’Art de Dijon, France



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

…a real allegory. Postmasters Gallery, New York



Claire Burrus Gallery, Paris

Het Kruithuis. Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst, ‘s–Hertogenbosch, Holland

Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium



Postmasters Gallery, New York

Galerie Joseph Dutertre, Rennes, France

Musée d’Art Moderne, Saint Etienne, France



Galerie Westersingel 8, Rotterdam, Holland

Postmasters Gallery, New York



Postmasters Gallery, New York



Postmasters Gallery, New York



Rosa Esman Gallery, New York



Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago

Tyler Gallery, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA



115 Spring Street, New York



Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York



Jared Sable Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Cuningham Ward Gallery, New York



Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, Canada



Reese Palley Gallery, New York



Dunkelman Gallery, Toronto, Canada



New Gallery, Cleveland, OH

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York



Françoise Lambert Galleria, Milan, Italy

Paula Cooper Gallery, New York





alt-facts, Postmasters Gallery, New York

Social Photography V, Carriage Trade, New York, USA



Prelude / Subversion, Gallery Baton, Seoul

Three American Painters: David Diao, Sam Gilliam, Sal Sirugo, Jane

Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick



Some Artists, Minus Space, Brooklyn

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

Museum Studies, Berman Museum, Collegeville, PA



Some Artists, Minus Space, Brooklyn, NY

Lo que ha de venir ya ha llegado CAAC. Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla (Spain).

Whitney Biennial 



Swing State, Jane Kim Gallery, New York, NY

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



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

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

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

Context Messagem Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY

Richteriana, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY

Open :: Closed, (Curated by David Howe), 601Artspace, New York, NY

Painters Panting, (Curated by Stuart Horodner) Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

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

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

Sturgis, (Martin Clark and Sarah Shalgosky), Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK



The Indiscipline of Painting: International abstraction from the 1960s to now, Tate St. Ives, Cornwall,

UK traveling into 2012 to Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

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

The Horizon Behind Us (curated by Michele D’Aurizio). The Kaleidoscope Project Space



Lonely at the Top, Modern Dialect (curated by Win Van den Abbeele). Muhka, Antwerpen

Matthew Brannon, Mathew Cerletty, David Diao, Daniel Sinsel. Office Baroque



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



High Times, Hard Times: New York Painting 1967-1975. National Academy Museum, New York



Dreaming of A More Better Future (Curated by Saul Ostrow, Cleveland)

Institute of Art, Rehberger Galleries, Clevelasnd, OH

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

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

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

David Diao/Gang Zhao. TZ Hanart Gallery, Hongkong



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

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



Black Belt. The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York

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

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



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



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



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



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

Thinking Print. Museum of Modern Art, New York

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

Time Wise. The Swiss Institute, New York



Raw. Postmasters Gallery, New York

True Lies. Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston

On Target. Horodner Romley Gallery, New York



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

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

Crash. Thread Waxing Space, New York

Die Orte der Kunst. Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany



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

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

Oeuvres Americaines. Autour de la Collection, FRAC, Dijon

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

then & NOW. Philippe Staib Gallery, New York

Quotations. Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT

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



Conceptual Abstraction. Sidney Janis Gallery, New York

Schwerelos. Grossen Orangerie, Charlottenberg Castle, Berlin

Le Consortium Collectione. Château d’Oiron, Oiron, France

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

Marta Cervera Gallery, New York

The Construction of Knowledge. Diane Brown Gallery, New York

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

Lawrence Oliver Gallery, Philadelphia

All Quiet On The Western Front? Espace Dieu, Paris



Une Autre Affaire. Le Consortium, Dijon, France.

Postmasters Gallery, New York

Jet Lag. Turon Travel, Inc., New York

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

Diagrams and Surrogates. Shea and Beker Gallery, New York

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



Hybrid Nuetral: Mode of Abstraction and the SociaL. traveling exhibition, Independent Curators, Inc., New York

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

Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA

Meaningful Geometry. Postmasters Gallery, New York

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



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

Post–Abstract Abstraction. Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT

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

Avant–Garde in the 80’s. Los Angeles County Museum of Art



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

Ultrasurd. S.L. Simpson Gallery, Toronto

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

Paravision II. Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles

Red. Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York

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

Spiritual America. CEPA, Buffalo, New York



Cult and Decorum. Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

The Non–Objective World. Kamikaze Club, New York



The Terminal Show. Brooklyn, New York



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



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



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



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



Maler, Painters, Peintres, Prospect ‘73. Stadtische Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf, Germany

Biennial Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York



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

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



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

8 from New York. Gallery A, Sidney, Australia



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

Using Walls. Jewish Museum, New York



Annual Exhibition. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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

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



Park Place Gallery, New York




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, 2017
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 4
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 2016


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, 2015 Raphael Rubinstein, “Total Service Artists,” Art in America, October 4, 2015
Nick Bedard, “Inside the mind of artist David Diao,” China-Cul, September 29, 2015
“Fall Shows in Beijing,” Randian, September 29, 2015

Nooshfar Afnan, “David Diao’s personal narrative takes on New York abstraction,” Art Radar, September 25 David Diao, “Through his symbolic painterly rhetoric, David Diao Transforms the formal language of
New York Abstraction through his personal narrative,” Art Behrain, September 22, 2015
Matthew Deleget, “David Diao,” Bomb Magazine, Fall 2015

Lavender Au, “David Diao I am fearless about revealing the seamy underbelly of myself,” Christies, September 28, 2015
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 2015

“David Diao,” Ullens Center For Contemporary Art.org, September 30, 2015



Chris Dorland, “System | Service | Processor,” Frische, UK, No.05 – SS14, 2014

Richard Klein, “Front to Back,” essay accompanying the solo exhibition, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum July 2014
Heinz Peter Schwerfel, “Insider sind Out: Kunstbetrieb und olympischer Geist oder Dabeisein ist nicht alles,” Lettre International No. 104, Spring 2014, 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, 2014

Carles Guerra, “David Diao at Marta Cervera,” Contemporary Art Daily, June 17 Mousse Magazine, May 29, 2014
Blake Gopnik, “David Diao Tracks The Big Game,” Artinfo, May 20, 2014



Robert Berlind, “David Diao TMI,” The Brooklyn Rail, May 3, 2013
Davina Lee, “David Diao, A Bitter Pill,” Harper’s Bazaar Hong Kong, May 2013
Jonathan T.D. Neil, “David Diao,” ArtReview, Apr. 2013
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, Apr. 18, 2013
Going Ons About Town, The New Yorker, Apr. 16, 2013
Blake Gopnik, “David Diao Plagiarizes Himself,” The Daily Beast, Newsweek, Apr. 4, 2013
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


Walid Raad $ David Diao. Holland Cotter. October 25, 2012

David diao and Walid Raad. Joan Waltemath. The Brooklyn Rail, November, 2012

Conceptual Abstraction. Holland Cotter. The New York Times, November 1, 2012

Walid Raad & David Diao. Stephen Squibb. October 14, 2012

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

Members. Benjamin Sutton, ARTINFO, July 2, 2012

Deconstructing Gerhard Richter Mania, Postmasters Offers a Playful and Suprisingly Affecting

Essay in Exhibition Form. Kyle Chayka. BLOUIN ARTINFO, June 5, 2012

A Deity, Doubted. Blake Gopnik. The Daily Beast, June 4, 2012

Leicht verwischit (trans. Slightly Blurred). Ulrike Knofel. Der SPIEGEL, May 28, 2012

The Richter Scale. James Hannaham .The Village Voice, May 23, 2012

Gerhard Richter Is A Famous Painter Of Expensive Paintings. Jane Hu. The AWL, May 22, 2012

This Week: Must-See Arts in the City. Carolina A. Miranda. Gallerina, WNYC Culture, May 09, 2012 More Than Painting: Professionals Pant at the contemporary. Karen, Tauches. BURNAWAY, May 5, 2012

Postmasters Exhibition Questions Gerhard Richter’s Earth-Shattering Success, In The Air, Blouin. Julia Halperin. ARTINFO, April 25, 2012

Indiscipline of Painting at Tate St. Ives. Mark Harris. Art Monthly, Feb 2012



One Suitcase Per Person. Piper Koh. Time Out Hong Kong, December 7, 2011

David Diao, Office Baroque. Els Fiers. Metropolis M, February/March 2011

David Diao. Vivian Ziherl. Leap, January, 2011



Invisible Networks. Eleanor Heartney. Art in America, November 2010



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

Galleries: Chelsea: David Diao, New Yorker, February 23, 2009

Loss of Home. Pasulka, Nicole. The Morning News, March 2

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

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



David Diao’s ‘Da Hen Li House’. Tinari, Philip. catalog essay , Courtyard Gallery, Bejing, March 2008

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

David Diao. Maerkle, Andrew. Art Asia Pacific # 57, March 2008

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

Medals of Honor and Flags of Convenience: The Paintings of David Diao, David Diao 1969 . Corris, Michael.



2005. Timezone 8 Art Books, Beijing, 2005

Co to Jest Konstruktywizm & After. Galeria Arsenal, Poland, 2005

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

David Diao at Postmasters. Leffinfwell, Edward. Art In America, November

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



Noncompositional Effects, or the Process of Painting in 1970. Singerman, Howard. Oxford Art Journal 26.1 2003



Lilly Wei, David Diao. review, Art in America, July, 2001


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

Saul Ostrow, David Diao: Two Acts in One. NY Arts, December 2000



Serie’Bruche’: David Diao. art das kunstmagazin, Hamburg, Oct 1999.

Les Usages Sociaux de l’Art. Henri-Pierre, Jeudy. Circe, 1999, pp.147-160

Interview with David Diao, Fractured Fairy Tales. Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC



Critical Painting and the Racial Sublime. A. Anderson, Paul. Third Text #33, London, Fall

The Bitter Tea of General Yen -- Paintings by David Diao. Schor, Mira. Provincetown Arts, Summer

David Rimanelli, David Diao, review. Artforum, Summer 1995.

Brooks Adams, David Diao, review. Art in America, May 1995.

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

The Diao Foundation. Hess, Elizabeth. The Village Voice, February 28, 1995.



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

Cleanly Cropped Modern Landscape. Naiming, Zheng. Artist, Taipei, October

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

Hsiung Shih Art Monthly, Taipei, October

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



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

David Diao at Postmasters, (review). Kalina, Richard. Art in America, March 1992

Abstraction. Welish, Marjorie. Advocacy of, Tema Celeste, Jan–Mar

David Diao at Postmasters, (review). Humphrey, David. Art Issues, #21, Jan/Feb

David Diao, (review). Mahoney, Robert. Arts, Jan

David Diao, (review). Lieberman, Rhonda. Artforum, Jan. 1992



Conceptual Abstraction. [catalog with artist’s statement], Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, Nov/Dec

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

A New History: David Diao’s Paintings. Ferguson, Bruce.

David Diao: Selections 1972–1991. Cherng Piin Gallery. Taipei, Taiwan, October 1991

Paintings David Diao, Bernard Frize and Francois Perrodin Abstract Paintings in the Collection of FRAC. Perrodin, Roselyne. Bretagne, 1991



David Diao, review. Penwarden, Charles. Artscribe, December

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

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

Postmodernist Art. Victoria Lu.Artists’ Press, Taipei

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

Modernism’s Many Lives: David Diao. Ferguson, Bruce. Artforum, May 1990

Critical Investments, essay in The Charade of Mastery. W. Quinn, Richard.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1990

PASTFUTURETENSE: or What is a Meta For?, essay in PASTFUTURETENSE. Ferguson, Bruce.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada, 1990

On Thin Ice, essay in David Diao. Broos, Kees.

Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Het Kruithuis, ’s– Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, and Provinciaal Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Oostende, Belgium, 1990

A Genealogy of Signs: David Diao’s Metahistoricist Redactions (Synchronic into Diachronic,

Diachronic into Synchronic). Decter, Joshua. ibid., 1990

David Diao, review. Bankowsky, Jack. Artforum, March

David Diao, review. Cyphers, Peggy. Arts, February

David Diao, review. R. Myers, Terry. Lapiz, February



The Greenberg Effect. Decter, Joshua, Arts, December

Tops of the Town: Critics’ Choices. Smith, Roberta. New York Times, Nov 24

From Vision to Text: a Re–Action, essay in David Diao. Ferguson, Bruce.

Musée d’Art Moderne Saint–Etienne, France, 1989

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

David Diao at Postmasters. Johnson, Ken. Art in America, July


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



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

Arts, May

Iconoclasms: The Styles of David Diao. Bankowsky, Jack. essay in exhibition catalog,

Postmasters Gallery, New York, March 1988

La Peintre en Abyme: Notes sur le Travail de David Diao. Queloz, Catherine.

FACES: Journal d’Architectures, No. 7, Geneva, Winter



Tropical Codes, 3. David Diao, Die Überflüssigkeit der Vision. Collins and Milazzo.

Kunstforum International, No. 92, Köln, December

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

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

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

Generations of Geometry. Smith, Roberta. New York Times, July 17

David Diao’s New Paintings: The Historicity of the Present. C. Morgan, Robert.

C magazine, Toronto, June

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



Tableaux Abstraits. Besson, Christian. Art Press, No. 106, Paris, September 1986

Diaorama. Westfall, Stephen. Art in America, March



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



David Diao–Review. Lawson, Thomas. Art in America, Jan/Feb

David Diao. Bell, Tiffany. Arts, January 1979


Fashion/Custom/Style. Rickey, Carrie. Artforum, October 1978 [Cover]



David Diao’s Chinatown. Masheck, Joseph. Arts, January, 1977


Diao. Elderfield, John. Studio International, London, Summer, 1974 [Cover designed by Diao]

Hello Old Paint!. B. Hess, Thomas. New York magazine, April 22, 1974



Painterliness Redefined. Elderfield, John. Art International, Lausanne, April



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

Three Bold Newcomers. Hughes, Robert. Time, New York, March 13



Painterly vs. Painted. Ratcliff, Carter. Artnews Annual, New York, 1971

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

David Diao–Review. Masheck, Joseph. Artforum, New York, June



After the Ultimate. Muller, Gregoire. Arts, March

Young Abstract Painters, Right On!. Ashton, Dore. Artnews, Feb



Emily Wasserman, “Three Younger Artists,” Artforum, Summer 1969



2015 Grants to Artists Award for Visual Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York

2012 National Academy Award for Excellence
1973 Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada

Lectures, Conferences, Symposia, and Screenings

2014 Painting and Document, Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg

2013 David Diao on Barnett Newman (Artists on Artists Lecture Series), Dia Art Foundation, New York


2012 “Painters Painting”, Atlanta Contemporary Art Centre, June.