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Dr Barnaby Wright

Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art
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Barnaby Wright is a specialist in late nineteenth-century and twentieth-century art with a particular interest in modern British art. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art (BA, MA, Ph.D., 1996-2004) and began his curatorial career in 2005 as Exhibitions Curator at the Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, London, where he staged a number of exhibitions in collaboration with The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He became a curator at The Courtauld Gallery in 2007 and has curated and co-curated a series of exhibitions including: Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes (2007-08); Frank Auerbach: London Building Sites 1952-62 (2009-10); Cezanne’s Card Players (2010-11, second venue The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); Mondrian-Nicholson: In Parallel (2012); Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 (2013); and Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude (2014-15). He has also recently curated two contemporary shows at the Courtauld: Richard Serra: Drawings for the Courtauld (2013); Jasper Johns: Regrets (2014).

Barnaby teaches on the MA Curating the Art Museum course and leads the Gallery’s collaboration with the programme.

Barnaby is currently working on an exhibition of Peter Lanyon’s gliding paintings due to open at the Courtauld in October 2015.

Research interests

  • Paul Cézanne and his legacy.
  • The Nude in early twentieth-century avant-garde art
  • Avant-garde art and the professionalization of culture in Britain, c.1900-1914.
  • The changing ‘realisms’ of Walter Sickert.
  • Post-War/Cold War: Art in Britain, 1945-1965.
  • Teaching from art collections.

Recent publications

  • Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901, exh. cat., The Courtauld Gallery, 2014-15, (ed. and essay author)
  • Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude, exh. cat., The Courtauld Gallery, 2014-15, (ed.)
  • Jasper Johns: Regrets, exh. cat, The Courtauld Gallery, 2015, (essay author)

Other current/ongoing professional activities

  • HM Government Acceptance in Lieu Panel – panel member
  • Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust – trustee

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