Mr. Storr received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1972 and an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978. He was curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from 1990 to 2002, where he organized exhibitions on Elizabeth Murray, Gerhard Richter, Max Beckmann, Tony Smith, and Robert Ryman, in addition to coordinating the Projects series from 1990 to 2000.
In 2002 he was named the first Rosalie Solow Professor of Modern Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Mr. Storr has also taught at the CUNY graduate center and the Bard Center for Curatorial Studies as well as the Rhodes Island School of Design, Tyler School of Art, New York Studio School, and Harvard University, and has been a frequent lecturer in this country and abroad. He has been a contributing editor at Art in America since 1981 and writes frequently for Artforum, Parkett, Art Press (Paris), and Frieze (London). He has written numerous catalogs, articles, and books, including Philip Guston, Chuck Close, and the forthcoming Intimate Geometries: The Work and Life of Louise Bourgeois.
Among his many honors he has received honorary doctorates from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maine College of Art. In 2000 the French Ministry of Culture presented him with the medal of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. Mr. Storr was appointed professor of painting/printmaking and dean of Yale University's School of Art in 2006.