International Advisory Board
Members of the Research Forum’s International Advisory Board are listed below, with their professional / institutional affiliations.
Academic year 2015-16
Professor Susan Hollis Clayson
Bergen Evans Professor in the Humanities; Professor of Art History & (by courtesy) of History; and Director, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University.
Hollis Clayson studies the art of 19th-century Europe. Her many essays and two monographs, Painted Love: Prostitution in French Art of the Impressionist Era and Paris in Despair: Art and Everyday Life Under Siege (1870-71), examine the intertwining of social and aesthetic practices in Paris. She has published recently on cosmopolitanism in the transatlantic arts community and the haunted interior. Her book in progress is Electric Paris: The Visual Cultures of the City of Light in the Era of Thomas Edison; also the title of her 2013 exhibition at the Clark Art Institute (MA). In 2013-14, she will be the Samuel H. Kress Professor at CASVA (National Gallery, Washington DC).
Professor Neil Cox
Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the University of Edinburgh
Neil Cox’s interests lie at the intersection of modern artistic practices and theoretical and philosophical discourses. His recent work has been on Picasso, especially the awkward work after 1940, and on Georges Braque. The Braque pieces have drawn on existential phenomenology, especially Heidegger. His long-term project focuses on surrealist conceptions of history that will draw upon theories of violence and sovereignty. Although twentieth-century art in France has been the focus of most of his publications, he has also written at length about a French sixteenth-century painting and is interested in the invention of Paleolithic art as a symptom of modern historical consciousness. Neil is Director of the ARTIST ROOMS Research Partnership, which is dedicated to research on a major collection of contemporary art acquired from Anthony d’Offay and now owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Professor Mark Hallett
Director of Studies, The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
Professor Mark Hallett was appointed Director of Studies at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in October 2012, having worked for many years at the University of York, where he was Head of the History of Art department 2007 to 2012. His published research has focused on British art between 1650 and 1850. His publications include The Spectacle of Difference: Graphic Satire in the Age of Hogarth(Yale University Press, 1999); Hogarth (Phaidon Press, 2000); Eighteenth Century York: Culture, Space and Society(edited with Jane Rendall, Borthwick Institute, 2003);Hogarth, (exhibition catalogue, co-authored with Christine Riding, Tate Publishing, 2006);William Etty: Art and Controversy (exhibition catalogue co-edited with Sarah Burnage and Laura Turner, Philip Wilson Publishers, 2011); and Faces in a Library: Sir Joshua Reynolds’s ‘Streatham Worthies’ (The Watson Gordon Lecture 2011, National Galleries of Scotland, 2012). His forthcoming book Reynolds: Portraiture in Action is due to be published by Yale University Press in spring 2014. Professor Hallett has been involved in curating numerous exhibitions, including Hogarth at Tate Britain in 2007, and is due to co-curate an exhibition on Joshua Reynolds’ paintings at the Wallace Collection in 2015. He was the principal investigator on the major AHRC-supported research project Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735, which ran from 2009 to 2012.
Directrice, Département des études et de la recherché, Institut national d’histoire de l’art (INHA), Paris
Sandy Nairne is Director of The National Portrait Gallery, London, a post he has held since 2002. Prior to that he was Director: Programmes at Tate, and was closely involved in the formation of Tate Modern, the re-building of Tate Britain, and Tate’s international, national, learning and digital programmes. He has researched and written on modern British Sculpture (British Sculpture in the 20th Century, with Nicholas Serota, Whitechapel, 1981), contemporary art (State of the Art, Channel 4 television and Illuminations, 1987), curating (Thinking About Exhibitions, with Bruce Ferguson and Reesa Greenberg, Routledge, 1996), portraiture (The Portrait Now, 2006, andThe 21st Century Portrait, National Portrait Gallery, London) and art theft (Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners, Reaktion, 2011). Sandy Nairne is Chairman of The Fabric Advisory Committee at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Maggie’s Art Group, supporting the Maggie’s cancer care centres.
Professor Marcia Pointon
Professor Emeritus in History of Art, The University of Manchester; and Honorary Research Fellow, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Marcia Pointon’s research is concentrated in the two areas or portraiture and the material culture of precious stones in both of which she has worked for many years. She is responsible (with Vicci Coltman of the University of Edinburgh) for a forthcoming Colloquium at the Clark Art Institute on Portraiture and Materiality that will explore the relationship between materials and their representation in portrait acts. Emerging from her work on portraiture and on funerary art (in particular mourning jewellery) she has been researching death masks with a focus on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: this work is currently being revised and will be published in The Art Bulletin in 2014. She is currently also researching and writing a commissioned work titledDiamond for Reaktion Books. This will address not only the mineralogical properties of diamonds and their geopolitical history as the most valued of gemstones across a wide variety of cultures but will look more widely at, for example, the use of diamond imagery in paintings as well as in advertising and film, and the significance of the characteristic octahedron whether in Medieval vaulting, in playing cards or in abstract art.
Professor Deborah Swallow
Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Dr Alixe Bovey (from January 2015)
Head of Research, The Courtauld Institute of Art