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Alexander Massouras

Alexander Massouras
Alexander Massouras is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Ruskin and combines art history with art practice.

 His work is in collections including the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. He read Law and then Art History at Cambridge, and wrote his PhD thesis about the concept of the ‘emerging artist’. He undertook this research as a member of the Art School Educated project at Tate. He was awarded a Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014, and his research continues to focus on institutional history. His current project, Casts and Iconoclasts: The Twentieth-century Plaster Cast and the Reproduction of Culture, considers the transformation of the plaster cast from a medium of canonic transmission into an autonomous art object. It uses the history of the plaster cast to throw new light on institutional and wider cultural shifts: attitudes to originality, relationships between art and art history, hierarchies of creativity, and reformulations of the idea of education.