Biography

Michaël J. Amy is an art historian, critic, writer, lecturer and curator with a B.A. from the Department of Art History and Archeology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts. He is a Professor of Art History in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Michaël Amy, the leading authority on Michelangelo's commission for Apostle statues for the Cathedral of Florence, is an expert on 15th and 16th century Renaissance art and architecture, as well as 20th and 21st century art. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Burlington Magazine, Art in America, Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Encyclopedia of the Renaissance (1999), the acts of the international symposium Santa Maria del Fiore: The Cathedral and its Sculpture (Haines, M. ed., Fiesole, 2001), the Mitteilungen des Kunsthistorischen Institutes in Florenz, Art & Antiques, the Nieuw Tijdschrift van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, DITS: Violence, Art China and Blasphèmes et Libertés. His essays on contemporary art have appeared in monographs and exhibition catalogues and brochures in the United States and abroad.

Numerous exhibition reviews by Michaël Amy have appeared in Art in America, Sculpture, tema celeste, Apollo, Art News, Art on Paper, The New York Sun, Art & Culture, and Kunst & Cultuur, and his book reviews have been published by CAA.Reviews.

A passionate jazz connoisseur, his interviews with the musicians Warne Marsh and Max Roach were broadcast by the Flemish Radio BRT III. His interviews with the artists James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Wim Delvoye, David Altmejd, Johan Creten, Meeson Pae Yang, Andrew Woodward, Edward Burtynsky, Diana Al-Hadid, Dustin Yellin, Kristen Morgin, Folkert de Jong, Peter Buggenhout and Jan Fabre, have appeared in various publications including Art in America, Sculpture, tema celeste and De Financieel-Economische Tijd.

In 2006, Michaël Amy’s book One to One, Conversation avec Tony Oursler appeared in print (Brussels, Facteur Humain); and two years later, his book Michaël Borremans: Whistling a Happy Tune was published (Ghent, Ludion). Hiroshi Senju, co-authored with Rachel Baum, was published in 2009 (Milan, Skira).”

The exhibition and panel Michaël Amy organized on contemporary abstract painting on disc-shaped supports were featured at Wooster Arts Space in New York City in February 2006, and a year later, his exhibition on quirkiness in contemporary abstract painting and sculpture was featured at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, Connecticut.

Michaël Amy has read papers at the international symposium Santa Maria del Fiore: The Cathedral and its Sculpture, annual meetings of the Renaissance Society of America, meetings of the Provo / Athens Renaissance Sculpture Conference, the Central Renaissance Conference, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (at Kalamazoo), the New College Conference on Medieval-Renaissance Studies, and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels.

Michaël Amy has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants over the years, including from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Belgian American Educational Foundation. In May 2006, he was awarded The Gitner Family Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Communication by Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts & Sciences, and in May 2007 he was awarded a Trustees Scholarship Award by RIT.

Michaël Amy is a longstanding member of the International Association of Art Critics / AICA-Belgium, the College Art Association, the Italian Art Society and the Renaissance Society of America.