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Department of

Art, Architecture + Art History

Robert L. Pincus, PhD

Visiting Professor, Art History

Robert Pincus, PhD, has been a lecturer at USD since 1998. His course “Art Now: Critical Thinking About Art” focuses on art history since 1960, with discussion and writings on notable exhibitions at museums and galleries. This seminar, which combines readings in art criticism and theory with student writings on notable local exhibitions, is rooted in his extensive experience as an art critic.


PhD, University of Southern California, English and Art History
MA, University of Southern California, American Studies
BA, University of California, Irvine; Comparative Cultures

Scholarly and Creative Work

Pincus was the art critic for both the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. His book, On A Scale That Competes With the World: The Art of Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz, was the first book-length study on the work of a pivotal 20th century American sculptor and his late-in-life collaborations with his wife. Pincus also wrote chapters for Manuel Neri: Early Work 1953-1978 and But Is It Art?: The Spirit of Art as Activism and has contributed to numerous exhibition catalogs, including the landmark "L.A. Pop in the Sixties" publication of the Orange County Museum of Art. He has been a corresponding editor for Art in America for more than two decades.

Teaching Interests

Pincus’ course, “Art Now,” reflects his many years of expertise as a practicing art critic, writing in newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogs and books. The seminar is also grounded in his longstanding interested in art theory, the history of criticism and scholarship on American art, modernism and contemporary work.