Think With the Senses, Feel With the Mind

written by Sunčica Ostoić


While the nineties were ruled by the trend of strong curatorial personalities who had influence over the realization of individual artworks and whose thematic concepts shaped the art scene, the new century brings a change – artists become curators. Contrary to many such examples of successful fusions, the combination of artist, curator and critic in one person has not shown itself to be the best solution for this year’s Venice Biennale. Robert Storr, with his impressive institutional biography that positioned him as link between museum and academic world, was engaged to head the 52nd Biennale as director and head curator. From 1990 to 2002 Storr was curator and then senior curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA, and is currently the dean of the Yale School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut. Storr is also consulting curator of modern and contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Active as a painter, he has exhibited in New York and his works are in the collection in MoMA.