I won the New York Public Library’s Cullman Fellowship for my first book, from their largest-ever pool of applicants.

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My first book was sold to Scribner.   As Publishers Marketplace wrote in May 2018: "WSJ arts & culture contributor Carol Kino's The Fair-Haired Girls: The Twin Photographers Who Helped Define the Fashion Magazines of 1940s New York,  the untold story of a pair of talented Connecticut twins who joined the ranks of a circle of groundbreaking female photographers in the magazine industry while the men were off fighting in World War II, and forever changed the way women saw and were seen, to Valerie Steiker at Scribner, at auction, by Peter Steinberg at Foundry Literary + Media."  

The twins are Frances McLaughlin-Gill, the first woman hired by the Condé Nast photo studio, and Kathryn Abbe, who worked for the career girl fashion magazines like Charm and Mademoiselle that flourished in the 1940s.  




April 9: Ann Landi interviewed me for her weekly Vasari21 podcast. Here we discuss, as she puts it, "the differences between art criticism and art reporting, the difficulties of interviewing Gerhard Richter and formidable dealer-doyenne Marian Goodman, and how long it takes to pull together a well-researched story for top-flight publications. We also examine the possibilities of a nascent art explosion in San Francisco and why people really like to talk to her."  Ann's a great interviewer and it was a really fun conversation. I learned a lot from her technique! 


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January 18:   Brainard Carey interviewed me for his wonderful program, "Lives of the Most Excellent Artists, Curators, Architects, Critics and more," on Yale University Radio.    We talked about the difference between critics and journalists (I initially used a very old-fashioned, purist, newspaper kind of definition of critic, mea culpa) and segued to the future for journalism and cultural journalism in the age of Trump. 



December 1:  For the Conversation and Salon program of Art Basel Miami Beach, I moderated a panel on Public Museums and Private Partnerships.  The panelists were Neal Benezra, the director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Norah Stone, collector, philanthropist and a trustee of SF MoMA; and Howard Rachofsky, collector, philanthropist and a trustee of the Dallas Museum of Art.  


August 29: 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 covered six years earlier in the New York Times.   The resultant flap was covered by Lee Rosenbaum in CultureGrrl.




October 22:  I appeared on "Dr. Lisa Gives a Sh*t," a weekly radio show hosted by my good friend Lisa Levy–aka Dr. Lisa Levy S.P (Self-Proclaimed), which airs on Radio Free Brooklyn.  She analyzed my issues with my accent (slightly English) and I analyzed her issues interviewing male artists of a certain age and stature.  

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October 10:  I participated in an ArtDesk Conversation called Understanding the New Shape of Sculpture: from Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer to Rick Lowe.  My fellow conversationalist was Leigh Arnold, assistant curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.   Our moderator was ArtDesk Associate Editor (and rocker chick mom) Alana Ruiz Salisbury.  The place was Marfa Contemporary in the legendary Marfa, Texas.   


September 23:  A Talk with the Critics.   I spoke on a panel with Ben Davis, Andrew Russeth and Benjamin Sutton, moderated by the excellent Sharon Louden–part of her Professional Practice Lecture Series at the New York Academy of Art.
















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