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

Sculptor Sam Perry Finds the Beauty in Fallen Trees
1stdibs Introspective, December 19, 2016
The Hawaiian-born artist started working with wood in his father’s canoe shop. Now, his carved abstractions are on display in San Francisco.

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.

Chief Eternal Optimist
Art Basel Miami Beach magazine, December 2016
Yana Peel is reinventing Britain's Serpentine Galleries, taking them into the digital age and beyond.

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Latest News

Dec. 1, Art Basel Miami Beach
For the Conversation and Salon program, I moderated a panel on Public Museums and Private Partnerships, with Neal Benezra, Director, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Norah Stone, Trustee, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Howard Rachofsky, Art Collector and Philanthropist, Dallas.

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 wonder why we're obsessed with polling?  Blame it on the Surrealists.  They pioneered the craze in 1928, nearly 10 years before statisticians like George Gallup began quantifying it 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

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