Published: June 23, 2016
NEW YORK CITY – Gregory Cerio has been named editor of The Magazine Antiques. He assumes his new post on July 5, succeeding Elizabeth Pochoda, who continues as an advisor and contributor to the publication. Pochoda joined Antiques in 2008 following the death of Allison E. Ledes. Eleanor H. Gustafson remains the magazine’s executive editor.
A Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based writer and editor, Cerio was founding editor of Antiques’ sister publication, Modern, between 2009 and 2012. Businessman and art collector Peter M. Brant recently reacquired full ownership of The Magazine Antiques, Modern and Art in America from Artnews S.A., which filed for bankruptcy in June. Brant also publishes Interview magazine.
“The new parent entity is called Art Media Holdings and includes ARTnews. The relationship among the magazines is evolving,” Cerio told Antiques and The Arts Weekly.
A graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Md., Cerio began his career at news publications such as Newsweek and People but says art was always in his background.
“I grew up in Annapolis, Md., surrounded by history in a family with good taste and great interest in antiques and design,” noted the editor, who has written widely and authoritatively on design. Between 1998 and 2007, Cerio was senior features editor at century-old House & Garden magazine. Pochoda, then House & Garden’s executive editor, hired him for the position and subsequently his post at Modern.
“I don’t expect dramatic changes to The Magazine Antiques. The magazine will always be rooted in American culture. I want to look abroad a bit more. I respect the word ‘antiques’ in our title but don’t want to be captive to it. The things I want to explore will not be determined by their age. Fundamentally, I am interested in telling good stories, in showing how the things around us reflect our culture.”
Pochoda, who served as literary editor of The Nation and remains on its editorial board, anticipates more time for writing about the intersection of culture and politics, her passion. Her regular editorials for Antiques affirmed her talent for upturning settled ground. Her acute insight, infallible ear and her steady encouragement of other writers and scholars rank high among her contributions to Antiques.
Cerio will join Pochoda in New Hampshire for Antiques Week in August, where he looks forward to meeting readers. Antiques, which is published bimonthly, recently returned to its offices on Greene Street in Manhattan’s Soho district. Cerio is the sixth to lead the 94-year-old publication, whose editors have also included Wendell Garrett, Alice Winchester and founding editor Homer Eaton Keyes.
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