Benjamin Genocchio Information (Person)

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Benjamin Genocchio
Nationality Australian
Education Newington College
University of Sydney
Occupation Art critic
Spouse(s) Melissa Chiu
Website Official website

Benjamin Genocchio (born 1969) is an Australian art critic and non-fiction writer. Since October 2019 he has been director-at-large for Shoshana Wayne in Los Angeles and New York. [1]

He worked as an art critic for The New York Times, and then as editor-in-chief of Art+Auction magazine, Modern Painters magazine and the website "". [2] [3] He was director of the Armory Show until November 2017, when he was ousted following allegations of sexual harassment, [4] which he denied. [5] He was previously editor-in-chief of Artnet News, where he also faced accusations of sexual harassment. [5] [6] [7] [8]

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. [9] Genocchio grew up in Lane Cove [10] and attended Newington College from 1981 to 1986. [11] As a youth he had a short attention span and a low boredom threshold, traits he says led him to become an art critic. [12] Genocchio completed a PhD in history of art at the University of Sydney in 1996. [13] [14] He is a citizen of Australia and Italy. [15]


In late December 2002 Genocchio moved to New York to begin writing for The New York Times. [12] In 2008 he published Dollar Dreaming, an exposé of corruption and double-dealing in the $500-million trade in Aboriginal art in Australia and abroad. [16] [17]

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. [18]

Genocchio left Blouin Media in January 2014 [19] and joined Artnet, where he was made editor-in-chief of Artnet News, a 24-hour art news website. [20] In December 2015 he was appointed director of the Armory Show. [6] 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. [5] [4] [21] He denied the accusation in a statement saying that while he had conflicts with employees, he never acted inappropriately, and apologized for any behavior perceived as disrespectful. [5]

In October 2019 he was director-at-large for the Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles and New York. [1]

Personal life

In 2014 Genocchio lived in New York state and was married to curator Melissa Chiu, [22] with whom he wrote Asian Art Now. [23]


  • Dollar Dreaming: The Rise of the Aboriginal Art Market [24]
  • Fiona Foley: Solitaire [25]
  • The Art of Persuasion, Australian Art Criticism [26]
  • Simeon Nelson, Passages [27]
  • (ed.) What is Installation? [28]
  • Asian Contemporary Art
  • (ed.) Contemporary Asian Art, A Critical Reader


  1. ^ a b "Ousted Armory Show Director Benjamin Genocchio Now Working for L.A.-Based Shoshana Wayne Gallery". ARTnews. 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Benjamin Genocchio". ABC News. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Benjamin Genocchio". DLD Conference. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b Freeman, Nate (8 November 2017). "Benjamin Genocchio Out as Executive Director of the Armory Show Amid Allegations of Sexual Harassment [Updated]". ARTnews. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d Pogrebin, Robin (November 8, 2017). "Art Fair Director Replaced After Being Accused of Sex Harassment". The New York Times. ISSN  0362-4331.
  6. ^ a b Pogrebin, Robin (17 December 2015). "Benjamin Genocchio of Artnet to Head Armory Show". New York Times. New York. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  7. ^ Vogel, Carol (12 December 2013). "Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists". The New York Times. ISSN  0362-4331. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. ^ Adam, Georgina (20 December 2013). "Sotheby's agrees to return 10th-century Cambodian statue". Financial Times. ISSN  0307-1766. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  9. ^ "High art". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  10. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (16 September 2010). "Thrills, spills, action - that's movie material". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  11. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999), pp. 71.
  12. ^ a b Steve Dow (18 July 2010). Rising high in the art world. The Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia), p. 8.
  13. ^ "Slander, Scandal And Sgarbi". Forbes. 17 April 2002. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  14. ^ "In Store for a Change: The Artwork of Phyllis Goldberg by Katherine Jentleson". CUE Art Foundation. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Art critic hopes to educate others on Aboriginal art and the people, lives behind it", Daily Bruin.
  17. ^ "Dollar Dreaming lifts the lid on Aboriginal art industry", Courier Mail.
  18. ^ Artinfo Archived 30 October 2013 at
  19. ^ "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.
  20. ^ Carol Vogel (12 December 2013). Steve McQueen Among 6 Hugo Boss Prize Finalists. The New York Times. Accessed September 2015.
  21. ^ "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.
  22. ^ "Melissa Chiu Named Head of Hirshhorn Museum". 15 June 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  23. ^ "Hiroshi Sugimoto in Conversation with Melissa Chiu". Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  24. ^ Gennochio, Ben (8 April 2019). "Dollar dreaming: inside the Aboriginal art world". Hardie Grant – via National Library of Australia (new catalog).
  25. ^ "Fiona Foley: solitaire", National Library of Australia Catalogue
  26. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin (8 April 2019). The art of persuasion: Australian art criticism 1950-2001. Craftsman House. OCLC  52686271.
  27. ^ Genocchio, Benjamin; Nelson, Simeon (8 April 2019). Simeon Nelson: passages. UNSW Press. OCLC  50381449.
  28. ^ University of Illinois Press - What is Installation Archived 6 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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