BA, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium); MA, Ph.D., New York University
Michaël J. Amy is an art historian, critic, writer, public speaker, and curator with a B.A. from the Department of Art History and Archaeology 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 Art and Design 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 (Grendler, P. F. ed., New York, 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, Sculpture, tema celeste, and Blasphèmes et Libertés. His fifty essays on contemporary art have appeared in monographs, exhibition catalogues, and brochures.
Michaël Amy’s numerous exhibition reviews 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 in CAA.Reviews. His interviews with the jazz musicians Warne Marsh and Max Roach were broadcast by the cultural program of the Flemish Radio BRT III, and his interviews with the artists James Rosenquist, Guillaume Bijl, Pierre Huyghe, Jon Kessler, Julian Schnabel, Tony Oursler, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Wim Delvoye, Carol Penelope Lambert, Johan Creten, Li Hongwei, Alisa Baremboym, David Altmejd, Mathilde Roussel, Folkert de Jong, Diana Al-Hadid, Peter Buggenhout, Meeson Pae Yang, Edward Burtynsky, Sofi Zezmer, Kim Joon, Dustin Yellin, Kristen Morgin, Andre Woodward, Michelle Segre, Eunsuh Choi, Ricardo Brey, Herman van Bergen, Golnaz Fathi, and Jan Fabre, have appeared in Art in America, Sculpture, tema celeste, Afterimage, The Art Section, De Financieel-Economische Tijd, and exhibition catalogues.
Michaël Amy’s book One to One, Conversation avec Tony Oursler, appeared in 2006 (Brussels, Facteur Humain), his book Michaël Borremans: Whistling a Happy Tune appeared in 2008 (Ghent, Ludion), and his book Hiroshi Senju, co-authored with Rachel Baum, was published in 2009 (Milan, Skira). The exhibition and panel he organized on contemporary abstract painting on disc-shaped supports were featured at Wooster Arts Space in New York City in February 2006, and his exhibition on quirkiness in contemporary abstract painting and sculpture was featured at the Westport Arts Center in Westport, CT, in November and December 2007.
Michaël Amy has read papers at the international symposium Santa Maria del Fiore: The Cathedral and its Sculpture held at The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti, Settignano, and (virtually, via Zoom) at the University of Rochester, NY, as well as at meetings of the Renaissance Society of America, 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, the Art History Symposium at SUNY Geneseo, the Yeongwol International Museum Forum (South Korea), and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels. He has given guest lectures at schools, colleges and universities, including Oberlin College, Bowdoin College, Gettysburg College, Colgate University, Hofstra University, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Harley School, Brighton, NY, (virtually, via Zoom) at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, the University of Northern Iowa, Western Illinois University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Westport Arts Center, CT, the Università degli Studi di Ferrara, the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Florence, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sint-Jozefscollege, Aarschot, Belgium, and in Radda, Chianti, on behalf of the University of California, San Diego, and in Florence, on behalf of Vassar College.
Michaël Amy has taught the history of art at Oberlin College, The Cooper Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art on behalf of the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, Montclair State University, NJ, and the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst (now SMAK), Ghent, Belgium.
Michaël Amy was 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 and Sciences (now the College of Art and Design), and in May 2007, he was awarded a Trustees Scholarship Award by RIT. In 2007, 2008 and 2010, he was nominated for an Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award, and in 2009 and 2010, he was nominated once more for the Gitner Family Prize.
Michaël Amy is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and is a Contributing Editor at Sculpture (Washington, DC).
In the News
September 22, 2023
Amy reviews work by artists Mire Lee and Pepon Osorio
August 30, 2023
Amy has interviews published in ‘Sculpture’
February 17, 2023
Amy interviews contemporary artist
January 23, 2023
Amy interviews contemporary artist
Lorenzo il Magnifico’s Façade for the Cathedral of Florence and Michelangelo’s Apostle Statues, with an Addendum on the St. Matthew in 1515
Lorenzo il Magnifico’s Façade for the Cathedral of Florence and Michelangelo’s Apostle Statues, with an Addendum on the St. Matthew in 1515, in Michelangelo Buonarroti: Leben, Werk und Wirkung....
"The Body as Machine, Taken to Its Extreme"
In The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, January 20, 2002, pp.37-38 Newspaper article.
"Michelangelo’s Drawings for Apostle Statues for the Cathedral of Florence"
"Michelangelo’s Drawings for Apostle Statues for the Cathedral of Florence", in "Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies", 37, 2006, pp.479-517.