History of Art


Ann Coxon

PhD supervisor: Briony Fer
Working title for PhD: 'New Tapestry: Textile Art in Europe, 1960-1979.'

My thesis aims to explore and evaluate the New Tapestry movement in Eastern and Western Europe in the 1960s and 70s. Existing considerations of the international movement known more widely as Fibre (Fiber) Art have tended to place particular emphasis on North American developments and to focus on art/craft hierarchies. Yet there has been little critical or theoretical attention to the meanings and materiality of the works themselves. My thesis will address the specific histories, developments and contexts of the New Tapestry movement in Europe, considering its emergence and radical departure from European tapestry traditions and asking how this lineage figures within certain key works. Taking a thematic approach, I will draw out discussions of translation, folk-art, architecture, environment, materiality and nature.


  • ‘Contemporary Art/Textile Art’ in Breaching Borders, 16th International Triennial of Tapestry, exhibition catalogue, Łódź, Poland, 2019.
  • ‘Two Hands, One Eye, One Needle and Many Threads’, in Madge Gill by Myrninerest, Sophie Dutton, Ed., Rough Trade Books, London, 2019
  • ‘Another Dimension: Dorothea Tanning, Contemporary Practice and the Legacies of Surrealism’ in Dorothea Tanning, Alyce Mahon, Ed, exhibition catalogue, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid and Tate Modern, London, 2018.
  • Anni Albers, exhibition catalogue, Ann Coxon, Briony Fer and Maria Müller-Schareck, Eds, exhibition catalogue, Tate, London, 2018
  • ‘Making Something from Something: Toward a Re-definition of Women’s Textile Art’ in Entangled: Threads and Making, exhibition catalogue, Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK, 2017
  • ‘Composing Motions: Staging Calder’s Performing Sculpture’ in Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Ed, exhibition catalogue, Tate, London, 2015
  • ‘The Potentiality of the Thing, Saloua Raouda Choucair’s modular sculpture’, in Saloua Raouda Choucair, Jessica Morgan, Ed, exhibition catalogue, Tate, London, 2013
  • Louise Bourgeois, monograph, Modern Artists series, Tate Publishing, 2010

Conference papers and presentations:

  • Curator’s Talk: Ann Coxon on Dorothea Tanning, Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, 11 March 2019
  • Lecture, Department of Fine Art, University of Leeds, 2019
  • Curators’ Talk, Ann Coxon and Briony Fer on Anni Albers, Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, 17 October 2018
  • ‘Monochromes of Modern Life’, Art Fund lecture, The Wallace Collection, 2016
  • ‘Louise Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawings’, Insomnia Conference, Wellcome Collection, London, 2008

Media appearances/outreach work: 

Curated Exhibitions and Displays

  • Dorothea Tanning, Tate Modern, London, 27 February – 9 June 2019
  • Anni Albers, Kunstsammlung Nordrheim-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, K20, 9 June – 9 September 2018; Tate Modern, London, 11 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
  • Beyond Craft, Materials and Objects collection display, Tate Modern, 2018
  • Bruce Nauman, ARTIST ROOMS, Tate Modern, 2017-2018
  • Louise Bourgeois, ARTIST ROOMS, Tate Modern, 2016-2017
  • Living Cities, Tate Modern, 2016-2020
  • Start Display, Tate Modern, 2016 - 2020
  • Alexander Calder, Performing Sculpture, Tate Modern, 11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016.
  • Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper, Tate Modern, 2013-2014
  • Saloua Raouda Choucair, Tate Modern, 16 April – 20 October 2013
  • Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, Tate Modern, 2010
  • Level 2 Gallery: Michael Rakowitz, Tate Modern, 2010
  • Craftivism, Arnolfini, Bristol, 11th December 2009 – 13th February 2010
  • Louise Bourgeois (major retrospective exhibition), Tate Modern, 10 October 2007 – 20 January 2008; Centre Pompidou, Paris, 5 March – 2 June 2008; Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, 27 June – 28 September 2008; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 26 October 2008 – 26 January, 2009; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, 28 February  - 7 June, 2009.
  • Kandinsky: The Path to Abstraction, Tate Modern, 22 June – 1 October 2006
  • Robert Frank: Storylines, Tate Modern, 28 October 2004 – 23 January 2005
  • Interweaving Cultures, Jim Thompson Thai House and Museum, Bangkok, 2005


  • Repeat visiting lecturer and mentor, MA and BA courses, Department of Fine Art, University of Leeds.
  • Course tutor: Curating collection displays at Tate Modern, MA Curating, Royal College of Art, 2004 – 2010.
  • Visiting tutor: MA Sculpture course, Royal College of Art
  • Visiting tutor: Bath School of Art, Bath Spa University; Norwich University of the Arts; Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.