Benjamin Giorgio Genocchio (born 28 April 1969) is an Australian-born non-fiction writer, art critic and editor, now residing in the U.S. state of New York. He formerly worked for The New York Times as an art critic and is now the editor-in-chief of Art+Auction magazine. He is the author and editor of seven books.
Genocchio began his career in journalism in his native Australia, writing for Business Review Weekly, a weekly business and politics magazine. He later wrote art criticism for The Bulletin, a weekly current-affairs magazine, and The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, before, in 1997, being appointed Sydney art critic for The Australian, Australia's national daily newspaper. He rose rapidly to become the paper's chief art critic and later National Arts Correspondent, covering art and culture in Australia and abroad. He was twice shortlisted for the Pascall Prize, Australia's premier prize for cultural criticism.
Italian government lawsuit
In April 2002, Genocchio gained international notoriety when as the art critic for The Australian newspaper he was being threatened with a $50-million lawsuit by the Italian government for his blunt front-page critique of a visiting exhibition of Italian old master paintings at the National Gallery of Australia. The review prompted the Italian culture chief Vittorio Sgarbi to denounce the review and promise to sue the newspaper for defamation. No claim was ever made, nor was even legally valid, though the story generated headlines and was carried in dozens of newspapers worldwide, including The New York Times and The Times.
New York Times
In late December 2002 he 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. The book received a great deal of media attention, especially in Australia.
Louise Blouin Media
In early 2010, he joined New York-based Louise Blouin Media as editorial director, assuming the posts of editor-in-chief of Art+Auction magazine, Modern Painters and the website
artinfo.com. In 2011, he stepped down as editor-in-chief of Modern Painters magazine to concentrate on the expansion of the website.
- Dollar Dreaming: The Rise of the Aboriginal Art Market
- Fiona Foley: Solitaire
- The Art of Persuassion, Australian Art Criticism
- Simeon Nelson, Passages
- (ed.) What is Installation?
- Asian Contemporary Art
- (ed.) Contemporary Asian Art, A Critical Reader
- ABC Melbourne
- The Drum – ABC
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999), pp. 71.
- Il Globo - How to fight the art hype (and win)
- Artnet - Lawsuit threatened for art critic
- ABC Melbourne
- Steve Dow, “Rising high in the art world”, The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia), 18 July 2010, p. 8.
- "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.
- Louin Artinfo
- "Dollar Dreaming", National Library of Australia (NLA) Catalogue
- "Fiona Foley: solitaire", National Library of Australia Catalogue
- University of Illinois Press - What is Installation