Christine Kuan, Director/CEO, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York announced the appointment of Dr. Morgan Falconer as the Director of the MA in Contemporary Art program.
New York, NY Feb 22, 2019 - Christine Kuan, Director/CEO, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York announced the appointment of Dr. Morgan Falconer as the Director of the MA in Contemporary Art program.
"We are delighted that Morgan Falconer will be leading the MA in Contemporary Art program in the new era of expanding global art markets which demands a higher level of object-based expertise and knowledge of contemporary art. Morgan’s commitment to and deep understanding of the Institute’s students will be essential to creating new professionally-oriented and academically-rich programs for future leaders of the art world,” said Kuan.
Falconer said, “In the many years I’ve taught at Sotheby’s Institute, I’ve watched students grow in knowledge and strengthen in confidence as they acquire new skills, and they have gone on to leading positions in the art world in New York and far beyond. I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to be direct the graduate program that helps them do that.“
Falconer is an established art historian, art critic, and lecturer. His most recent publication, Painting Beyond Pollock (Phaidon, 2015) is a major survey of painting after 1945 and he is currently working on a book about Postminimalism. He has written extensively on contemporary art through catalogue essays on artists, including: Ugo Rondinone and Alex Katz, and most recently for Georg Baselitz at Gagosian Gallery in New York.
Before moving to New York, Falconer spent ten years as an art critic in London, writing for international publications ranging from the specialist art press, such as Frieze, Art Review, Art Monthly and the Burlington Magazine, to national newspapers and magazines such as The Times, The Guardian and The Economist.
Falconer has positively impacted the Institute for nearly a decade introducing several new courses, such as Materials & Methods in Contemporary Art and Art Criticism, as well as helping to advise and shape the professional career development of our graduate students and alumni since 2010. Falconer has also taught for Sotheby’s Institute Online programs and Summer Study programs.
Falconer holds degrees from University of Leeds and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and a PhD from University College London.