Dave Hickey has written for most major American cultural publications. Formerly executive editor at Art in America, Hickey's publications include Prior Convictions (1989), The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty (1993), and Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy (1997). Hickey received the Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism in 1994. He is currently associate professor of art criticism and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Robert Gober was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, in 1954 and moved to New York in 1976. In 1983 he abandoned painting and turned his attention to sculpture. Since 1979 he has had numerous exhibitions, both in the United States and abroad. He represented the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2001, and his work has been the subject of one-person museum exhibitions at such institutions as the Dia Center for the Arts, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.