History of Art


Dr Marta Zboralska

Dr Marta Zboralska 

Dr Marta Zboralska

Dr Marta Zboralska specialises in modern and contemporary art. Her area of expertise – and the main theme of her PhD thesis on the Warsaw studio of Henryk Stażewski and Edward Krasiński, completed at UCL in 2020 – is the relationship between the avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde. The final chapter of her doctorate, titled "The Matter of Chatter" and dealing with Krasiński's writing, won the Association for Women in Slavic Studies 2020 Graduate Essay Prize. She was an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellow at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, between October and December 2017, and Project Assistant on the Getty Foundation-funded initiative Confrontations: Sessions in East European Art History in 2019-20. Her review of Karol Radziszewski’s exhibition The Power of Secrets was shortlisted for the 2020 Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize and later published in Third Text Online. Marta's forthcoming articles include 'Living Color: Henryk Stażewski's Interior Models' (Art Journal, Fall 2021) and 'Henryk Stażewski's Art in America' (Archives of American Art Journal, Spring 2023).

Contact details

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Office hours: Thursdays, 4-5pm  on Microsoft Teams, bookable HERE.
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Email: marta.zboralska.09@ucl.ac.uk


Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in History of Art
Dept of History of Art
Faculty of S&HS

Research Themes

Modern and contemporary; relationship between the avant-garde and the neo-avant-garde. 

Research summary

Marta's research deals with intergenerationality in twentieth-century art, in Poland and beyond, as a means of questioning the paternal, genealogical character of “influence”. She is currently developing a post-doctoral project exploring these questions in the context of gender.

Selected publications


‘Henryk Stażewski’s Art in America’, forthcoming in Archives of American Art Journal (Spring 2023) 

‘Living Color: Henryk Stażewski’s Interior Models’, forthcoming in Art Journal, 80.3 (Fall 2021), 38–55 


Karol Radziszewski, The Power of Secrets, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art (15 Nov 2019–29 Mar 2020), Third Text Online 

Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color, Cooper Hewitt (11 May 2018–13 Jan 2019), caa.reviews

Simon Fujiwara, Joanne, The Photographers’ Gallery (7 Oct 2016–29 Jan 2017), Object: Graduate Research and Reviews in the History of Art and Visual Culture, No. 19 (2017), pp. 122-3.