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Release: Nov. 11, 2002


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The internationally acclaimed artist, critic and museum curator Robert Storr will present a free lecture at 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, in room E109 of the University of Iowa Art Building. Storr will discuss contemporary painting and the problems facing artists of today.

A contributing editor to the prominent publication Art in America, Storr was recently appointed the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, where he teaches the history of Modern Art. Prior to this appointment, Storr had been the senior curator in the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1990.

Storr was curator of many notable MOMA exhibitions, including “Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting” in the Spring of 2002, and “Projects,” a series of exhibitions from 1991-2000 devoted to the work of contemporary artists. He has also been the curator of exhibitions at other institutions, including “Crosscurrent: New Art from MOMA” at the Hara Museum in Tokyo; works by Susan Rothenberg in Malmo, Sweden; and “The Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back at the Eighties” for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

Maggie Rochelle, a lecturer in the UI School of Art and Art History who studied under Storr at the New York Studio School commented: “Storr is a brilliant teacher and critic, whose insights and knowledge challenge his students to take on a more rigorous investigation of the formal, conceptual and historical implications of their work.”

Storr has written various catalogs, brochures, articles and essays on major artists of the 20th century, including Philip Guston, Louise Bourgeois, Willem DeKooning, Alex Katz and Charles Ray. His writing also frequently appears in publications including the Village Voice, Art Press, ArtForum and the New York Times.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in 1972, Storr studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he completed his Master of Fine Arts degree. Storr is a frequent lecturer worldwide and has taught painting, drawing, art history and criticism at various schools, including the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies, Harvard University and the Tyler Art School.

Storr’s lecture is presented jointly by the UI School of Art and Art History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the UI Museum of Art.

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