The UCL Department of History of Art is a major contributor to research and scholarship in the discipline nationally and internationally and has been amongst those departments at the forefront of developments in the following areas: feminist and critical theory, social and political history of art, material studies, and contemporary art studies, where we have a concentration of researchers probably without parallel in the UK.    Since RAE 2001 current members of the department have published 10 sole-authored books, 7 edited or collaborative books, 62 chapters in books, 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and a wide range of other outputs including 20 significant essays in catalogues, as well as art criticism and other forms of research dissemination.  Staff have given 6 keynote papers at research conferences.  They have organized three international conferences (‘Hubert Damisch’, Tate Modern 2003; ‘Double Sight’, Courtauld Institute, 2002; ‘Marxism and the Visual Arts Now’, UCL, 2002) and chaired/co-chaired 11 sessions at the major international conferences of the discipline (Association of Art Historians, 5; College Art Association, 5; Renaissance Society of America, 1).  Several of these events have resulted in publications including two special issues of the Oxford Art Journal and the volume of essays As Radical as Reality Itself: Essays on Marxism and Art for the 21st Century (Peter Lang, 2007).  Staff members have also given numerous invited lectures at major universities and world-class museums, including: Ashmolean Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, National Gallery London, National Maritime Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, Wallace Collection; Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art; Louvre; National Galerie, Berlin, Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona, and South African National Gallery.

The research interests of the department stretch over a chronological span from c. 1150 to the present in relation to the art of the western tradition and its global encounters.  The wide range of research methodologies used include technical art history, the history of printed visual culture, individual artist monographs, thematic studies informed by phenomenology, film studies or psychoanalytic theory, contextual studies of the impact of the Marxist and feminist traditions on the making and reception of art, and historiographical investigations of the links between art history and critical theory, as well as a range of methodological engagements with contemporary art across the globe.  We support diversity, as is reflected in our recent appointments (Demos, Eaton, Fend, Lange-Berndt, Levy), whose work spans a wide range of periods and methodological approaches.  Staff interests converge in the following areas of research in art of the western tradition: the history of European architecture and design (Schwartz, Wilson, Wright); European art of the renaissance and early modern period in Florence, Venice, Rome and Dutch cities (Ford, Levy, Loh, San Juan, Wright); relationships between European art and the art of cultures in contact with ‘the West’ (Demos, Eaton, Fer, Ford, Garb, Gretton, Hemingway, San Juan); art of the Americas (Demos, Fer, Gretton, Hemingway); the representation of the body (Fend, Fer, Garb, Loh, Stracey); art, politics and subjectivity in modern and contemporary art (Demos, Fer, Garb, Hemingway, Schwartz, Stracey); the study of art as a dimension of material culture (Gretton, Lange-Berndt, San Juan, Sheldon); and an engagement with film and time-based media (Demos, Fer, Loh, San Juan, Stracey). 

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