Carlo McCormick is a critic and curator based in New York City. His work has been published in numerous magazines, including Art in America, Art News and Artforum, and from 1984 to 2016 he wrote for Paper Magazine, where he was Senior Editor. He lectures extensively at universities, art schools and museums, frequently appears in documentaries and has taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and Yale University. Carlo has curated exhibitions for numerous institutions including The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Contemporary Austin, Exit Art, Experience Music Project, The International Center of Photography, PS 1, Queens Museum, Red Bull Arts and the Warhol Museum. His exhibition The Downtown Show 1974-84, which he produced for New York University's Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library was awarded best group by the International Art Critics Association. His most current shows include Elements of Style about early Hip Hop Culture now touring Asia and Punk Lust about sexual provocation in Punk at the Museum of Sex in NYC.
On the subject of street art, McCormick has written books for many of the leading artists including Faile, Faith 47, Shepard Fairey, Kaws, Swoon and Dondi White, and created the seminal street art show Magic City that toured a number of cities in Europe. He has also contributed texts on the subject for several important shows including Art in the Streets, Basquiat: Beyond Words, Basquiat: Boom for Real, Beautiful Losers, City as Canvas, Haring: The Political Line and wrote Trespass: A History of Uncommission Public Art.