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Jack Flam has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Dedalus Foundation since 1991, and has been President and Chief Executive Officer 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. He received his B.A from Rutgers University, his M.A. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from New York University.
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); 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). He is co-author, with Katy Rogers and Tim Clifford, of Robert Motherwell Paintings and Collages: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1941-1991 (2012), and of Robert Motherwell: 100 Years (2015).
He was the art critic of the Wall Street Journal from 1984 to 1992, and in 1987 he won the Manufacturers Hanover/ Art World prize for distinguished newspaper art criticism. He has published articles and reviews in numerous journals, including Apollo, Art Bulletin, Artforum, Art in America, Art Journal, ArtNews, Arts Magazine, Connaissance des Arts, The New York Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. 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, now published by the University of California Press. In 1988 he won the College Art Association of America’s Charles Rufus Morey Award for distinguished scholarship in the history of art.