Sam Hunter, American Historian of Modern Art, Dies at Age 91

Sam Hunter, American Historian of Modern Art, Dies at Age 91

Sam Hunter, an American historian of modern art, has died at the age of 91 in Princeton, NJ. He was emeritus professor of art history at Princeton University.

A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Hunter graduated from Williams College in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-46, rising to the rank of lieutenant junior grade and receiving five battle stars.

Hunter began his professional art career in 1947, when he joined The New York Times as an art critic for a two-year stint. He studied at the University of Florencethrough the Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowship earning a certificate of studies in 1951. He spent a year as an editor with art publisher Harry N. Abrams Inc. before serving as editor of Arts Magazine.

He was an author, an Emeritus professor of art history at Princeton University, a the former director of the Jewish Museum, founding director of the Rose Art Museumat Brandeis University, the former acting director of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a visiting professor at the Clark Institute at Williams College, Harvard Universityand various other institutions of higher learning.

He penned monographs, exhibition catalogues, articles, wrote the original book on the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, contributed to textbooks and various treatments of modern art. In addition to curating many museum and gallery exhibitions, Hunter has written on Francis Bacon, Tom Wesselman, George Segal, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Jackson Pollock, and many other contemporary and modern masters.