Robert C. Morgan is an internationally renowned art critic, curator, artist, writer, art historian, poet, and lecturer. He holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (1975), and a Ph.D. in contemporary art history from the School of Education, New York University (1978). Dr. Morgan lives in New York, where he lectures at the School of Visual Arts and is Adjunct Professor in the graduate fine arts department at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is Professor Emeritus in Art History from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Robert Morgan is the author of more than 2,500 essays and reviews, and is contributing editor to Sculpture Magazine, Asian Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, and New York correspondent for Art Press (Paris). His books include Conceptual Art: An American Perspective (McFarland, 1994), Art into Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Between Modernism and Conceptual Art(McFarland, 1997), The End of the Art World (Allworth, 1998), Gary Hill (Johns Hopkins, 2000), Bruce Nauman (Johns Hopkins, 2002), Clement Greenberg: Late Writings (University of Minnesota, 2003), Vasarely (Braziller, 2004), and The Artist and Globalization (Lodz, 2008). His writings are translated into 18 languages, including Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Serbian, Hebrew, Farsi, and Finnish.
Since 1979, Dr. Morgan has curated over 70 exhibitions in the various museums, cultural spaces, and galleries in the United States and abroad. In New York, Dr. Morgan curated “Logo Non Logo” (with Pierre Restany, Thread Waxing Space, 1994), “The Sign of Paradise” for Mike Weiss Gallery (2005), “Neutral” (2005) for the Lab Gallery, “Silent Exile” for 2 X 13 Gallery (2006), “The Optical Edge” for Pratt Manhattan Gallery (2007), and “Hong-wen Lin” for the Taipei Cultural Center (2009).
Robert Morgan was the first recipient of the Arcale awarded in international art criticism in Salamanca, Spain (1999) and the first Critic-in-Residence at the Art Omi International Artists Workshop (1992) in Ghent, New York. He had been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities (1980, 1986, 1987), a Rockefeller/NEA grant (1988), and a Francis Greenburger Fellowship (1993). In 2005, he was awarded an Edward Albee Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship as a senior scholar to research “The Traditional Arts and the Korean Avant-garde” in the Republic of Korea. In 2008, he received a research grant from the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice, Italy. He has been invited to lecture at several Biennials and Art Fairs, including Gwangju (2000, 2004), Shanghai (2002), Lodz (2004, 2006), Asian Conemporary Art Fair (2006, 2008), Tehran Sculpture Biennial, the Islamic Republic of Iran (2007), Singapore Art Fair (2008), and Istanbul Biennial (2009). He was inducted into the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg in 2011.
As an artist, he has shown in many solo and group exhibitions. They include the ICA, Boston (1972), The Whitney Museum of American Art (1976), Franklin Furnace, NYC (1976), Artists Space, NYC (1976, 1977), McKissick Museum, University of South Carolina (1980), White Columns (1983), Printed Matter (1984), Cologne Art Fair (1990), Antoine Candau, Paris (1990), Eric Stark Gallery (1992), Construction in Process, Lodz (1993), Nine Gallery, Gwangju (2006), Gaya-Fusion. Ubud, (Republic of Indonesia (2006), Amelia Wallace Gallery, SUNY Old Westbury (2007), Wooster Art Space (2007), Bjorn Ressle, NYC (2009), Sideshow, Brooklyn (2009), and The Lab Gallery, NYC (2009). His work has been reviewed by Art in America, The New York Times, Arforum, Art News, The Brooklyn Rail, artcritical.com, ArtNet, and Wolgan Misool (Korea). His works are included in several public and private collections.