Art critic named to development post at MCASD

Max Pincus
Max Pincus

Former San Diego Union-Tribune art critic Bob Pincus has been appointed new Senior Institutional Giving Manager at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). Pincus will start his new job on Jan. 31.

In announcing the move, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO, Hugh M. Davies, said, "Bob is a respected colleague with a rare intelligence and depth of experience in contemporary art and cultural institutions. His unique talents, which go far beyond writing to encompass an unparalleled understanding of how museums, foundations and its publics function together, will bring a unique perspective to MCASD's advancement efforts

"He knows art. He knows the community. He knows institutions. And, most importantly, he knows



Pincus's main role will be fundraising and grant writing. He will be responsible for securing support from various institutional funders, including government agencies and private foundations.

Pincus served as the art critic of

The San Diego Union


The San Diego Union-Tribune

for 25 years, beginning in 1985, and as the books editor and books columnist for two years.  From 1981 to 1985, he served as an art critic for the

Los Angeles Times


Pincus received a B.A. with honors in Comparative Cultures from the University of California, Irvine and holds an M.A. in American Studies and a combined Ph.D in English and Art History from the University of Southern California.

He is the author of the book, “On A Scale That Competes With The World,” and has contributed essays to several other books, including, most recently, “Sophie Calle: The Reader,” which accompanied a show of the noted artist's work at the Whitechapel Gallery in London.  He has also written essays for numerous exhibition catalogs and artists' monographs.

A regular contributor to magazines, such as


Art News,


Art in America,

Pincus has also lectured widely at museums, colleges and universities on criticism, public art, museums, and an array of contemporary artists. Since 1998, he has taught at the University of San Diego, offering a popular course called "Art Now: Thinking Critically About Art."



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