Benjamin Genocchio

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Benjamin Genocchio
Born 1969
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
University of Sydney
Occupation Art critic
Title Executive Director, The Armory Show [1]
Spouse(s) Melissa Chiu

Benjamin Genocchio (born 1969) is an art critic and non-fiction writer from Australia.[2] He is currently director of the Armory Show, a New York-based art fair.[1] Previously, he was editor-in-chief of Artnet News, an art news website. [3][4] He also 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 "".[5][6]

Family and education[edit]

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.[7] Genocchio grew up in Lane Cove[8] and attended Newington College from 1981 to 1986.[9] As a youth he had a short attention span and a low boredom threshold, traits he says led him to become an art critic.[10] Genocchio completed a PhD in history of art at the University of Sydney in 1996.[11][12][13] He is a citizen of Australia and Italy.[14]


In late December 2002 Genocchio moved to New York to begin writing for The New York Times.[10] 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.[15][16]

In early 2010 he became editorial director at Louise Blouin Media, and editor-in-chief of Art+Auction magazine, Modern Painters and He left the post at Modern Painters in 2011.[17][dead link]

Genocchio left Blouin Media in January 2015[18] and joined Artnet, where he was made editor-in-chief of Artnet News, a 24-hour art news website.[19] In December 2015 he was appointed director of the Armory Show. [1]

Personal life[edit]

Genocchio is married to curator Melissa Chiu and lives in New York state.[20] The two co-authored Asian Art Now. [21]


  • Dollar Dreaming: The Rise of the Aboriginal Art Market[22]
  • Fiona Foley: Solitaire[23]
  • The Art of Persuasion, Australian Art Criticism [24]
  • Simeon Nelson, Passages [25]
  • (ed.) What is Installation?[26]
  • Asian Contemporary Art
  • (ed.) Contemporary Asian Art, A Critical Reader


  1. ^ a b c Pogrebin, Robin (17 December 2015). "Benjamin Genocchio of Artnet to Head Armory Show". New York Times. New York. Retrieved 6 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "Critics and Criticism | A Cultural Policy Blog". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  3. ^ Vogel, Carol (2013-12-12). "Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  4. ^ Adam, Georgina (2013-12-20). "Sotheby’s agrees to return 10th-century Cambodian statue". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Benjamin Genocchio". ABC News. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  6. ^ "Benjamin Genocchio". DLD Conference. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  7. ^ "High art". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  8. ^ Thrills, spills, action - that's movie material
  9. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999), pp. 71.
  10. ^ a b Steve Dow (18 July 2010). Rising high in the art world. The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia), p. 8.
  11. ^ "Slander, Scandal And Sgarbi". Forbes. 2002-04-17. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  12. ^ "In Store for a Change: The Artwork of Phyllis Goldberg by Katherine Jentleson". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  13. ^ "Steve Dow, Journalist 'Dollar greed no dreaming'". Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  14. ^ Shaw, John (2002-05-23). "ARTS ABROAD; Touch of Opera Buffa for Italian Old Masters Down Under". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  15. ^ "Art critic hopes to educate others on Aboriginal art and the people, lives behind it", Daily Bruin.
  16. ^ "Dollar Dreaming lifts the lid on Aboriginal art industry", Courier Mail.
  17. ^ Artinfo
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ Carol Vogel (12 December 2013). Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists. The New York Times. Accessed September 2015.
  20. ^ "Melissa Chiu Named Head of Hirshhorn Museum". 15 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Hiroshi Sugimoto in Conversation with Melissa Chiu". Retrieved 11 August 2015.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ "Dollar Dreaming", National Library of Australia (NLA) Catalogue
  23. ^ "Fiona Foley: solitaire", National Library of Australia Catalogue
  24. ^ [1] - Art of Persuasion Australian art criticism 1950-2001
  25. ^ [2] - Simeon Nelson
  26. ^ University of Illinois Press - What is Installation Archived 6 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine.