Catherine Francblin


Independent art critic and curator. Former editor in chief of Art Press.

Catherine Francblin joined Art Press in 1975. Editor-in-chief of the magazine until 1992, she then joined the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris where she directed the Educational and Cultural Service until 1998. In 1999, she taught a course on art criticism at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-arts de Paris. From 2002 to 2008, she was in charge of publishing and distributing the collection at the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (CNAP). At the same time, she created in December 1999, within the framework of the Ricard Foundation, the « Entretiens sur l’art », a program of encounters with artists that she ran until 2008. Since September 2008, she has been a freelance critic. She has published numerous texts on contemporary art and several books: Jean Le Gac (ed. Art Press, 1984), Daniel Buren (Art Press/Flammarion, 1987); The New Realists (ed. du Regard, 1997), Bertrand Lavier (Flammarion, 1999); Abécédaire de l’art contemporain (with D. Sausset and R. Leydier) (Flammarion, 2003). She is also the author of several biographies: Niki de Saint Phalle. La révolte à l’œuvre (Hazan, 2013), Jean Fournier, un galeriste amoureux de la couleur, Herman, 2018, Bernar Venet. Toute une vie pour l’art (Gallimard, 2022). She has also published a short autobiographical account: Deux pères juifs (Two Jewish fathers). She is a member of the Board of Directors of Art Press and continues to write regularly.