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Episode 8: Being Radical with Robert Storr

BY Charlotte Burns
senior editor at Art Agency, Partners

Guests Robert Storr and Amy Cappellazzo with host Charlotte Burns in front of Rodolfo Morales, Musas con Personajes (Las Novias) (c. 1980). Photo credit: Colin Miller

The artist, critic, curator and former Dean of the Yale School of Art, Robert Storr joins Amy Cappellazzo, AAP co-founder and Sotheby’s Chairman of Global Fine Arts, and Charlotte Burns, senior editor of In Other Words, for our eighth episode. Together, they discuss what it means to be radical in today’s art world, weighing the critical and commercial distinctions between globalism, internationalism and cosmopolitanism.

“In Other Words” is a presentation of AAP and Sotheby’s, produced by

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Robert Storr

artist, critic and curator

Robert Storr is an artist, critic and curator. From 1990 to 2002, Storr was the curator and then senior curator at MoMA’s Department of Painting and Sculpture. Storr was the first American appointed director of the Venice Biennale and organized the 2007 exhibition “Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind: Art in the Present Tense”.

Storr has an extensive academic career, serving as the Dean of Yale School of Art from 2006 to 2016 and teaching at the CUNY Graduate Center; Harvard University; the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies; the Rhode Island School of Design; the Tyler School of Art; the University of Texas, Austin; the New York Studio School and other schools.

Storr received a Penny McCall Foundation Grant for painting, and his work is in the collections of MoMA, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and the Yale University Art Gallery.

His curatorial achievements have been widely celebrated, with honors including: a Norton Family Foundation Curator Grant; an ICI Agnes Gund Curatorial Award; and the Lawrence A. Fleischman Award for Scholarly Excellence in the Field of American Art History from the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.

The International Association of Art Critics has given him awards for his art criticism and he has received honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Swarthmore College and the Maine College of Art.

In 2000, the French Ministry of Culture presented Storr with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, subsequently awarding him “Officier” status in 2016.

Storr has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and a writer for publications including Artforum, Parkett and Art Press, to name a few. He has written numerous books and catalogs on: Gerhard Richter; Philip Guston; Alex Katz; Chuck Close and other artists, the most recent being Intimate Geometries: the Art and Life of Louise Bourgeois, published by the Monacelli Press in 2016.

Amy Cappellazzo

co-founder of Art Agency, Partners and chairman of Global Fine Arts at Sotheby’s

Amy Cappellazzo is a co-founder of Art Agency, Partners and a chairman at Sotheby’s. She previously worked as the chairman of post-war & contemporary development at Christie’s. Cappellazzo was a key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach. She has spoken internationally about the art market, and in 2012, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the board of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Charlotte Burns

senior editor at Art Agency, Partners

Charlotte Burns is the editor of Art Agency, Partners. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

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