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#8 Being Radical with Robert Storr


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

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#8 Being Radical with Robert Storr

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

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; Executive Vice President, Chairman, Fine Art Division

Amy Cappellazzo is Executive Vice President, Chairman, Fine Art Division at Sotheby’s. Prior to assuming the role, she was a Principal of Art Agency, Partners, which she co-founded. She previously served as a market leader in the field of contemporary art during a tenure of almost thirteen years at Christie’s, where she rose to the post of Chairman of Post-War & Contemporary Development.

While at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was a steward for the sale of some of the most important collections of our time, and she continues to act as a fiduciary for numerous families, foundations and trusts. Additionally, she served as a pioneer in private sales at Christie’s as well as online auctions, the latter through a partnership she fostered with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. During a period when the contemporary art market exploded from what was largely a European and American epicenter to a fully global stage, Cappellazzo directed groundbreaking initiatives at Christie’s that led to record results, with upward of $650m realized in a single evening sale.

Prior to tenure at Christie’s, Cappellazzo was an art advisor, a curator and a key figure in the establishment of Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Cappellazzo received her B.A. in Fine Arts/Art History from New York University, where she was a Presidential Trustee Scholar. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she focused on the role of public art in shaping cities. She is a noted Bloomberg expert, speaking internationally on the global art market, and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York University, the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, UCLA, Stanford University and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. 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

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. 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.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

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