University of Sydney
Benjamin Genocchio (born 1969) is an art critic and non-fiction writer from Australia. He was director of the Armory Show until November 2017, when he was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment. He was previously editor-in-chief of Artnet News, where he also faced accusations of sexual harassment. Before that, he worked as an art critic for The New York Times, and then as the editor-in-chief of Art+Auction magazine, Modern Painters magazine, and the website "artinfo.com".
Family and education
Genocchio was born in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1969, the second of four sons of an Italian father, Giorgio, who worked on a cruise ship, and an Australian mother, Jennifer. Genocchio grew up in Lane Cove and attended Newington College from 1981 to 1986. As a youth he had a short attention span and a low boredom threshold, traits he says led him to become an art critic. Genocchio completed a PhD in history of art at the University of Sydney in 1996. He is a citizen of Australia and Italy.
In late December 2002 Genocchio moved to New York to begin writing for The New York Times. In 2008 Genocchio published Dollar Dreaming, an exposé of corruption and double-dealing in the $500-million trade in Aboriginal art in Australia and abroad.
Genocchio left Blouin Media in January 2014 and joined Artnet, where he was made editor-in-chief of Artnet News, a 24-hour art news website. In December 2015 he was appointed director of the Armory Show. He was ousted in November 2017 after multiple accusations of sexual harassment were made against him that extended to his time at Louise Blouin Media, Artnet and the Armory.
- Dollar Dreaming: The Rise of the Aboriginal Art Market
- Fiona Foley: Solitaire
- The Art of Persuasion, Australian Art Criticism
- Simeon Nelson, Passages
- (ed.) What is Installation?
- Asian Contemporary Art
- (ed.) Contemporary Asian Art, A Critical Reader
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- Molitorisz, Sacha (16 September 2010). "Thrills, spills, action - that's movie material". The Sydney Morning Herald.
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999), pp. 71.
- Steve Dow (18 July 2010). Rising high in the art world. The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia), p. 8.
- "Slander, Scandal And Sgarbi". Forbes. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- "In Store for a Change: The Artwork of Phyllis Goldberg by Katherine Jentleson". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- Shaw, John (23 May 2002). "ARTS ABROAD; Touch of Opera Buffa for Italian Old Masters Down Under". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- "Art critic hopes to educate others on Aboriginal art and the people, lives behind it", Daily Bruin.
- "Dollar Dreaming lifts the lid on Aboriginal art industry", Courier Mail.
- Artinfo Archived 30 October 2013 at Archive.today
- "Benjamin Genocchio To Lead Art Net's Global Art Market Newswire: Artnet News". Media Wired Daily. January 2014. Archived from the original on 10 November 2015.
- Carol Vogel (12 December 2013). Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists. The New York Times. Accessed September 2015.
- "Benjamin Genocchio Is No Longer Director of the Armory Show Following Sexual Harassment Allegations | artnet News". artnet News. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
- "Melissa Chiu Named Head of Hirshhorn Museum". Artnet.com. 15 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- "Hiroshi Sugimoto in Conversation with Melissa Chiu". asiasociety.org/. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
- Gennochio, Ben (8 April 2019). "Dollar dreaming: inside the Aboriginal art world". Hardie Grant – via National Library of Australia (new catalog).
- "Fiona Foley: solitaire", National Library of Australia Catalogue
- Genocchio, Benjamin (8 April 2019). "The art of persuasion: Australian art criticism 1950-2001". Craftsman House – via Open WorldCat.
- Genocchio, Benjamin; Nelson, Simeon (8 April 2019). "Simeon Nelson: passages". UNSW Press – via Open WorldCat.
- University of Illinois Press - What is Installation Archived 6 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine
Media related to Benjamin Genocchio at Wikimedia Commons