Peter Trippi

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Peter Trippi

MA '92, Visual Arts Administration

Peter TrippiPeter Trippi is Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur, the bimonthly magazine that serves informed collectors of 18th, 19th, and 20th century painting, sculpture, drawings, and prints. Trippi is responsible for each issue's development and implementation as well as management of the magazine's growing team of contributing editors and writers, regional editors, assistants, and interns. He also writes a column surveying trends in the field; guides the magazine's coverage of individual collectors, curators, dealers, auctioneers, fair organizers, appraisers, and experts; and develops joint programs with kindred institutions and businesses worldwide. Additionally, Trippi operates his own firm, Projects in 19th-Century Art, through which he curates exhibitions, writes articles, essays, and catalogues, and presents lectures. He is now co-organizing a retrospective of the British painter J. W. Waterhouse R.A. (1849-1917) for presentation in the Netherlands, Canada, and United Kingdom in 2008-2009.

After NYU, Trippi received his MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. He wrote a 250-page biography of J. W. Waterhouse, published in 2002 by Phaidon Press (London), which has sold 33,000 copies. Trippi contributed two chapters to the catalogue accompanying the exhibition A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1997, organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art and published by Abrams). In 2002, Trippi co-founded the innovative, peer-reviewed journal Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (, and he has served on the boards of the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, Historians of British Art, and American Friends of the Attingham Summer School.

Previous to arriving at Fine Art Connoisseur, Peter Trippi was Director of the Dahesh Museum of Art for three years and also held positions at the Brooklyn Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Association of Art Museum Directors (where he wrote a history of that organization from 1916 to 1991), Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Arts Education Research Center at New York University, and American Arts Alliance in Washington DC.