Publications

Exhibition Catalogues

Found in Translation Exhibition Catalogue
Columbia Museum of Art

Published in May 2013, this catalogue accompanied The Columbia Museum of Art’s retrospective museum exhibition of Naifeh’s paintings and sculpture entitled “Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh.” Twenty-six large-scale works were on view in the CMA special exhibition galleries from May 18 to September 1, 2013.

Leila Heller Gallery

Published in March 2014 by the Leila Heller Gallery, this catalogue accompanied the artist’s exhibition Found in Translation: The Art of Steven Naifeh, which ran jointly at the Leila Heller Gallery in New York, March 27-April 26, 2014, and at MANA Contemporary in Hoboken, New Jersey, March 2-Augsut 31, 2014. Essay by Heather Ecker.

 

Books on Art

Van Gogh: The Life

Van Gogh: The Life

A New York Times bestseller that chronicles the life of Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Published by Random House in October 2011, the biography has already been translated into six international editions.
Jackson Pollock:An American Saga

Jackson Pollock:
An American Saga

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, and a Finalist for the National Book Award, this biography of American artist Jackson Pollock was also the inspiration behind the Academy Award-winning film Pollock.
Gene Davis

Gene Davis

A monograph on the seminal Washington Color School painter, Gene Davis, known for his elaborate orchestrations of vertical stripes, based on the artist’s Harvard University Ph.D. dissertation.
Culture Making: Money, Success and the New York Art World

Culture Making: Money, Success and the New York Art World

An analysis of the economics of New York art world, based on the artist’s prize-winning undergraduate thesis at Princeton University.

Articles on Art

“Gene Davis: Equinox”
with Gregory White Smith, in Kerner, Joseph D., and Jane E. Neidhardt, eds., A Gallery of Modern Art at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis: The Washington University Gallery of Art, 1994
“Jackson Pollock: Under Fire”
with Gregory White Smith, The New York Times, June 9, 1991
“Jackson in Action”
with Gregory White Smith, Mirabella, November 1989
“The Myth of Oshogbo”
African Arts, February 1981
“Beyond the Stripe”
Art International, September-October, 1980
“Gene Davis”
Arts Magazine, October 1979

Selected Lectures on Art

“Bridging Worlds – Contemporary Art and the Art of Islam”
“4th Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art,” Dallas, Texas, October 10, 2015
“On Jackson Pollock: Psychobiography with Dr. Gail Saltz”
92nd Street Y, Tribeca, New York, November 20, 2014
  “Van Gogh Repetitions: Conversation with Eliza Rathbone”
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, November 14, 2013
“Van Gogh Repetitions: Conversation with Teachers”
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, November 13, 2013
“’Pollock’: The Film”
Columbia Museum of Art, August 18, 2013
“Steven Naifeh: Found in Translation”
Columbia Museum of Art, May 19, 2013
“On Vincent van Gogh: Psychobiography with Dr. Gail Saltz”
92nd Street Y, New York, December 7, 2012
“Becoming Van Gogh: Discussion with Timothy Standring and Louis van Tilborgh”
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, October 20, 2012
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 12, 2012
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, January 20, 2012
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, December 15, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, December 8, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Old Masters’ Society, Chicago, Illinois, December 7, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
The Royal Academy, London, The United Kingdom, November 25, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life: Discussion with Ann Dumas”
The Royal Academy of Arts Salon, London, The United Kingdom, November 24, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
The John Adams Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November 22, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 19, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life: Discussion with Lawrence J. Feinberg”
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, November 16, 2011
 
“Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh”
Dallas Museum of Art, November 14, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Arizona Women’s Board Author Luncheon, November 11, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life: Discussion with Timothy J. Standring”
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado, November 10, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
The Columbus Academy, November 8, 2011
“Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh”
High Museum, Atlanta Georgia, November 5, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Politics & Prose, Washington, DC, November 2, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life: Discussion with Judith Thurman”
The Juilliard School, New York, New York, November 3, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life: Discussion with George Shackelford”
Boston Museum of Fine Arts, November 2, 2011
“Vincent van Gogh: The Life”
Metropolitan Museum of Art, November 1, 2011
“Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh”
High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia, April 25, 2009
“Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh”
The State University of New York at Stonybrook, under the auspices of the Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, July 20, 2008
“Jackson Pollock”
Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, March 8, 1990
“Pillars of Wisdom: New Buildings for the World of Islam”
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980
“Contemporary African Art”
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1979
“The New York School”
The College Art Association, Washington, DC, 1974
“Picasso: The Tragedy”
The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 1974
“Modern Art”
The American Center Auditorium, Karachi, Pakistan, August 18, 1971

Other Publications

Naifeh, together with Gregory White Smith, has also written nine additional nonfiction books, including the New York Times bestsellers, The Mormon Murders (New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988) and, with Phil Donahue, The Human Animal (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985).