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Anthony Gardner

Dr Anthony Gardner is Head of School at the Ruskin School of Art. He is also a Fellow of The Queen’s College.

I was born and educated in Australia, studying art history, French and law (among other curious detours and deviations) at the University of Melbourne. I then completed my PhD in 2009 at the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Before moving to Oxford in 2012, I was an Andrew Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, working with Boris Groys and Sarah Wilson (2010-2011), and an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow through the University of Melbourne (2011-2012).

My research explores the fascinating intersections of contemporary art and politics, with particular emphasis on installation, performance, exhibitions and cultural infrastructures, especially in parts of the world beyond the North Atlantic region. My books include Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art Against Democracy (MIT Press, 2015) and, also through MIT Press in 2015, the anthology Neue Slowenische Kunst: From Kapital To Capital (with Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer), which was a finalist for the 2017 Alfred H Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue worldwide. The exhibition it accompanied travelled from the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana to the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

My latest book, co-written with Charles Green, is Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The Exhibitions That Created Contemporary Art, published by Wiley-Blackwell in summer 2016. I am also an editor of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins (http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/artm) and have published in many other books and journals including On Curating, Postcolonial Studies and Third Text.

You can find out more about me at http://oxford.academia.edu/AnthonyGardner and see me talking at MoMA in New York about some of the things that interest me.

Available for DPhil supervision at the Ruskin.