I am a Lecturer in modern and contemporary art in the School of Arts at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. My research interests range from 19th and 20th-century French painting and literature to word-image relations in artists’ books, modernism, contemporary art, and the art market. You can find details of my publications, teaching, upcoming talks, and projects on this website.
I have a background in both literature and art history. After completing my undergraduate and masters studies in modern languages at the University of Adelaide in Australia, a Rhodes Scholarship afforded me the possibility of studying at the University of Oxford. There I was privileged to work with Malcolm Bowie on a D.Phil about the poetry of Charles Baudelaire. After completion of my doctorate I had the pleasure of working with Tag Gronberg at Birkbeck College (University of London) on a Ph.D about depictions of women readers in nineteenth-century French painting. Since then, I have taught and held visiting fellowships at the University of Kent (United Kingdom), the University of British Columbia (Canada), Tulane University (USA), and the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University (Canberra). Prior to joining Loughborough University, I was a lecturer at Tilburg University in the Netherlands (2010–2016). I have received research funding from the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, the Shpilman Institute for Photography, the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women (Tulane University) and the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies.
Prior to becoming an art historian I was a corporate lawyer in the City of London. During my fourteen-year career in the City, I led teams of lawyers on large-scale mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, and IPOs (initial public offerings). I became a partner in a leading international law firm in 2006. My legal career has provided me with an invaluable background to my recent work on the contemporary art market. It has also informed my teaching and publication in the field of law and popular culture.
I served on the International Committee of the College Art Association (2010–14), have reviewed research projects for various national funding bodies, and am currently on the editorial board of H-France.
I would welcome proposals from prospective postgraduate researchers in the following areas: nineteenth-century French art, modernism in France, word-image relations in modern and contemporary art, artists’ books, the art market, and participatory art practices.
At ‘UGO RONDINONE : I ♥ JOHN GIORNO’, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2016