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Robert Storr

LATE SUMMER brought the announcement that Robert Storr would curate SlTE Santa Fe’s Fifth International Biennial-following in the footsteps of Bruce Ferguson, Francesco Bonami, Rosa Martinez, and, most recently, Dave Hickey. Hickey’s iconoclastic, pan-generational “Beau Monde: Towards a Redeemed Cosmopolitanism” vastly upped the profile of both venue and event, leaving SlTE Santa Fe—and its newly appointed curator—with a challenge on their hands.

In landing Storr, until recently senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the New Mexico art space has surely met the challenge. As for Storr, he’ll stake his claim with an about-face response to Hickey’s pageant of beauty: by examining the idea of the grotesque—what he calls the “counterterm to artistic idealism”—as represented in contemporary practice. With two years of preparation ahead (the show is scheduled to

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