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Professor Tamar Garb
Leverhulme Research Fellow, 2012-2014
19th, 20th-century and contemporary art
Tamar Garb is Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town with a BA (Art) in 1978. In 1980 she was awarded an MA in Art Education from the Institute of Education, University of London and in 1982 she graduated with a MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art. While working part time in secondary and further education, she completed her PhD at the Courtauld Institute which was awarded in 1991. She was appointed as Lecturer at the Courtauld in 1988 and at UCL in 1989 and was promoted to reader in 1995 and professor in 2001. Her research interests have focused on questions of gender and sexuality, the woman artist and the body in nineteenth and early twentieth century French art and she has published extensively in this field. Key publications include Sisters of the Brush: Women’s Artistic Culture in Late Nineteenth Century Paris (Yale University Press, 1994); Bodies of Modernity: Figure and Flesh in Fin de Siecle France, (Thames & Hudson, 1998) and The Painted Face, Portraits of Women in France 1814 -1914 (Yale University Press, 2007). Her latest publication in this area is The Body in Time: Figures of Femininity in Late Nineteenth-Century France, (University of Washington Press, 2008). She has also published on questions of race and representation and in 1995 she collaborated with Linda Nochlin on a volume of essays entitled The Jew in the Text; Modernity and the Construction of Identity (T&H). In 2010 she acted as External Exhibition consultant on Gauguin: Maker of Myth for the Tate and as Consultant Editor on the accompanying catalogue.
In addition, Tamar has written about contemporary artists
including Nancy Spero, Christian Boltanski, Massimo Vitali and Mona
Hatoum. In 2007 she curated an exhibition ‘Reisemalheurs’ situating the paintings of the New York based, South African artist, Vivienne Koorland in the Freud Museum, London.
Her interests have turned recently to post apartheid
culture and art as well as the history of photographic practices in Southern Africa. In 2008 she curated an
exhibition on Landscape and Language in South African Art entitled Land Marks/Home Lands; Contemporary Art from South Africa at
Haunch of Venison Gallery in London. In April 2011, her exhibition Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. For coverage of the show and films made on location in South Africa, see V&A Channel. The show was nominated for a Lucie award in Curating. See Lucie Awards website. She is currently curating a series of exhibitions for the Walther Foundation, new York and Germany, entitled 'Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive' and is a Leverhulme Research Fellow for 2012-2014.
Feminist politics in the context of global and international developments in theory and practice remain pressing concerns as do questions of gender and sexuality in historic and contemporary areas. She would welcome new research students working on nineteenth century French art and culture, contemporary art and photography, especially in relation to questions of race and sexuality and nineteenth and twentieth century art in general. Students working in the fields of portraiture, the body, gender and representation are also welcome.Tamar will continue to accept and supervise Research students during her leave.
Phd Students, Past and Present:
Martin Myrone, (with David Solkin, Courtauld Institute) Bodybuilding: Reforming Masculinities in British Art, 1750-1810
Francesca Berry ‘Un Sanctuaire inviolable? Domesticity and the Interior in Edouard Vuillard’s Work of the 1890s’,
Mark Godfrey, (with Briony Fer) The Holocaust and Abstraction
Harriet Riches, Francesca Woodman and the Representation of Self
Amy Mechowski, Lesbian self representation in early Twentieth Century Paris
Mary Hunter , Collecting Bodies: Art, Medicine and Sexuality in late Nineteenth-Century France
Joanna Walker, Nancy Spero: An Encounter in Three Parts. Performance, Poetry and Dance
Phillipa Kaina, Between History and Modernity: negotiating subjectivity in the early work of Edgar Degas ca. 1854-1870
Gil Pasternak, Intimate Conflicts: Family Photography and State Ideology in Contemporary Israel
Cadence Kinsey (with Maria Loh), Bio Technologies and Feminist Practices Milena Tomic, (with Briony Fer) Reenactment and Repetition in Contemporary Feminist Practice
Maud Jaquin, Narrative and the Cinematic in Contemporary Feminist Video
Sandra Rehme, Anais Nin and interdisciplinarity
Pandora Syparek, (with Petra Lange Berndt) Gender and the Natural History Museum in the 19th C.
Kathryn del Boccio, Women in Afrapix
Yvette Greslé, Memory and History in Contemporary South African video
Renee Mussai, Women Photographers in Africa
Allison Deutsch: Food and Painting in Nineteenth Century France
A list of publications is available from UCL's Institutional Research Information Service via the Iris link below.