Jack Flam

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Research Interests

  • 19th- and 20th-Century European and American Art


  • PhD, New York University, 1969

Distinguished Professor of 19th- and 20th-Century
European and American Art

Professor Jack Flam is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of 19th and 20th century art, and on African art, and he has lectured extensively at museums and universities throughout the United States and abroad. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1979-80) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Fellowship (1987-88). In 1987 he won the Manufacturers Hanover/ Art World prize for distinguished newspaper art criticism. He is series editor of "The Documents of 20th Century Art," published by the University of California Press, and an advisory board member of Source: Notes in the History of Art. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the United States section of the International Association of Art Critics. From 1984 to 1992 he was the art critic of the Wall Street Journal.


  • Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art: A Documentary History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003.
  • Matisse and Picasso: The Story of their Rivalry and Friendship. Boulder: Westview Press, 2003.
  • New York Collects: Drawings and Watercolors 1900-1950. New York:Pierpont Morgan Library, 1999.
  • Editor. Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings. University of California Press, 1996.
  • Matisse on Art. Phaidon Press, 1973. Revised edition. Berkeley:University of California Press, 1995.
  • Richard Diebenkorn: Ocean Park. New York:Rizzoli, 1992.
  • Motherwell. New York:Rizzoli, 1991 (co-published by Phaidon Press, London; Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona; Albin Michel, Paris).
  • Matisse: The Man and His Art, 1869-1918. Ithaca:Cornell University Press, 1986. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in biography. CAA Charles Rufus Morey Award, 1988.
  • Co-author. Henri Matisse Paper Cut-Outs. St. Louis:The St.Louis Art Museum and the Detroit Institute of Arts, 1977.