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Anthony Gardner

Anthony Gardner is Professor of Contemporary Art History and a Fellow of The Queen’s College. He was previously Head of the Ruskin School of Art from 2017 to 2020 and is currently Director of Graduate Studies.

Anthony was educated on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Gadigal peoples of the Kulin and Eora nations respectively, with a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Art History from the University of New South Wales. Before moving to Oxford in 2012, he was the 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).


His research explores the cultural politics of contemporary art, especially in the contexts of anti-imperialism and post-socialism, with particular emphasis on art and curatorial practice beyond the North Atlantic region. His 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.


His latest book, co-written with Charles Green, is Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The Exhibitions That Created Contemporary Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). He is also an editor of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins and sits on the editorial boards of AfterimageArt Monthly Australasia and OBOE: Journal on Biennials and Other Exhibitions. He has published widely in other books and journals including documenta Studies, On Curating, Postcolonial Studies and Third Text, and is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College (2017-22).


You can find out more about him here, and see him talking at MoMA in New York about some of the things that interest him. A dedicated doctoral supervisor, Anthony is always keen to hear from researchers.

Email anthony.gardner@rsa.ox.ac.uk

Politically Unbecoming book front
Politically Unbecoming book front / Anthony Gardner
NSK From Kapital to Capital book front
NSK From Kapital to Capital book front / Moderna Galerija / Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Biennials - Charles Green & Anthony Gardner
Biennials - Charles Green & Anthony Gardner Cover / Charles Green & Anthony Gardner