I write about all aspects of art and the art world – from artists, museums, galleries, and the market to museum issues, art history, conservation, and art law. Writing about art  has allowed me to tackle virtually any subject I've wanted to, from politics and technology to military history and contemporary culture.  It is the perfect beat for anyone who wants to be a generalist in specialist's clothing.  

You can find my work in WSJ., TThe New York Times, and 1stdibs, among others.  I have also written for Slate, The Atlantic Monthly, Abu Dhabi's National, Art + Auction, Art in America and many more.   

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Latest Stories

The New Utopian City of Experimentation
Art Basel Miami Beach magazine, December 2016
Even with its tech elite and cool California lifestyle, San Francisco has never seemed like a contemporary art center... until now? Carol Kino went west to see if the rumors about the City by the Bay as the new art capital are true.

What the New York Skyline Could Have Been
WSJ., October 8, 2016
In New York City, real estate is ruled by byzantine laws, battling egos and backroom deals, a scenario that generates—an often scuttles—architectural plans both brilliant and outrageous. Greg Goldin and Sam Lubell’s new book, Never Built New York (Metropolis), presents the city as it might have been.

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Latest News

Fisher Collection and SF MoMA
A story about the deal between philanthropists Don and Doris Fisher and SF MoMA, celebrated by the SF Chronicle as a major scoop, turns out to reveal information I'd written about six years earlier in the New York Times.   The resultant flap was covered by Lee Rosenbaum's CultureGrrl

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News Flashback

Post-election, 2016: How did Normal Rockwell come to paint "The Golden Rule," his paean to multicultural harmony?

Preserving a Rockwell Era
NYT Museums, March 19, 2009
The Norman Rockwell Museum turns back the clock to 1960, when the artist put his popularity to work for social causes.

Election Day, 2016: Ever wondered why we're so obsessed with polls?  Blame it on the Surrealists.  They began polling each other obsessively in 1928, nearly 10 years before George Gallup and other statisticians began to quantify the field as a science.  

Ceci N'est Pas Surrealism: Even if you don't know Surrealism, it knows you.
Slate, February 19, 2002
A discussion of Surrealism, plus Slate's first slideshow, Ceci n'est pas Surrealism

May 14, 2016: SF MoMA unveils its new building, fueled by the donation of the Don & Doris Fisher collection, to the public: 

Private Collection Becomes Very Public
NYT Arts & Leisure, June 6, 2010
The extraordinary art collection of the Gap's founders, Don and Doris Fisher, will go on view at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in "Calder to Warhol: Introducing the Fisher Collection."

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