Jack Flam has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dedalus Foundation since 1991, and has been President and CEO since 2002. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and is the author of numerous books, catalogues, and articles on various aspects of nineteenth and twentieth-century European and American art, and on African art. He has organized exhibitions in major European and American museums, and has lectured extensively at museums and universities throughout the world.
His books include: Matisse: the Man and His Art, 1869-1918 (1986); Motherwell (1991); Richard Diebenkorn: Ocean Park (1992); Matisse: The Dance (1993); Western Artists/ African Art (1994); Matisse on Art (revised edition, 1995); Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings (1996); Judith Rothschild: An Artist’s Search (1998); Les peintures de Picasso: un théâtre mental (1998). Matisse in the Cone Collection: The Poetics of Vision (2001); Matisse and Picasso: The Story of Their Rivalry and Friendship (2003); Primitivism and Twentieth-Century Art: A Documentary History (2003); Manet: Un bar aux Folies- Bergère ou l’abysse du miroir (2005); Matisse in Transition: Around Laurette (2006); he is co-author of Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991, published in 2012.
His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous journals, including African Arts, American Heritage, Apollo, Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, ArtNews, Arts Magazine, Connaissance des Arts, Connoisseur, Journal de la Société des Africanistes, Journal of African Studies, Les Cahiers du Musée National d’Art Moderne, Source, Storia dell’Arte, and The New York Review of Books. From 1984 to 1992, he was art critic of The Wall Street Journal and in 1987 he won the Manufacturers Hanover/ Art World prize for distinguished newspaper art criticism.
In 1981 he was chosen by Robert Motherwell to be series co-editor of “The Documents of Twentieth- Century Art,” and he has continued to edit the series, which is now published by the University of California Press.