I received my Ph.D. in 1990 at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where I wrote my dissertation on Robert Rauschenberg under the guidance of Kirk Varnedoe. As a specialist on Rauschenberg’s art, I have spoken about this artist at museums across the United States and have published dozens of articles and essays on his work, including the catalogue for Robert Rauschenberg: The Silkscreen Paintings, 1962-64, which I curated for the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1990. More recently, I authored two essays–one on Rauschenberg’s and Warhol’s early silkscreens and the other on a Kabal American Zephyr series piece by Rauschenberg of 1981–for exhibitions organized by the Faurschou Foundation presented in conjunction with the 2017 Venice Biennale. I also wrote several essays published as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Rauschenberg Research Project, which was launched online in 2013.
In the mid-1980s, I served for 7 years as Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fairfield County, organizing exhibitions and supervising all museum functions. During the 20+ years following, while living in South Florida, Toronto, Sydney, the New York area and Southern California, I have been an independent scholar extensively involved with teaching, curating and writing. While I authored scores of exhibition catalogues for museums and galleries and articles for various newspapers and art journals, I wrote most consistently for Art in America (see Writing for links to selected essays and reviews).
At present, I serve as Co-Chair of ArtTable Southern California. I also instruct courses in contemporary art at UCLA Extension (see Teaching for links to current and upcoming classes). For the past four years, I have flown to New York and other major American cities on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to facilitate the art program of a group of prominent New York collectors.