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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.

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Articles by Robert Storr

Looking Back on the Biennale

The best of Venice past

By Robert Storr, Michael Trier, and Allan Schwartzman