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Robert Storr Awarded Insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters

The critic, artist, curator, scholar, and former dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr will be awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Ambassador to the United States on April 17, 2016, in Washington, DC, at a dinner for the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, which Storr is a member of.

Storr served as dean at Yale’s art school from 2006 until this year, when it was announced he would step down and be succeeded by Marta Kuzma. From 1990 to 2002, Storr was a senior curator at MoMA in New York where he curated shows of artists such as Ad Reinhardt, Bruce Nauman, Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Sheila Hicks, Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman. In 2007, he was the first, and so far only, American to be appointed director of the Venice Biennale. Storr has also contributed as a critic to such magazines and journals as Artforum, Art in America, Frieze, and Parkett.

He has previously been involved with several French institutions by acting as a jury or member of acquisitions committees, including at the Fondation Cartier, École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, and the Marcel Duchamp Prize. In 2000, the French Ministry of Culture awarded Storr the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.