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Prof Jon Bird - Professor of Art and Critical Theory

Professor Jon Bird

Professor of Art and Critical Theory

Jon Bird is a member of the Visual Culture and Curating Research Cluster.

Dropped out of university to attend art college. Made sculpture in the 1960/70s (exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, Oxford and Serpentine Gallery, London) then, under the influence of Conceptual Art and the politics of the period, work took an academic turn - critical/cultural theory: Marxism, Structuralism, Semiotics and the 'new' art history. Co-founded the journal BLOCK (1979-89) and the Block/Tate conferences and publications on visual culture. Teaching, writing and curating for the next two decades: a dozen or so books authored, edited or contributed to; exhibitons include Nancy Spero, Institute of Contemporary Arts (1987); the Leon Golub retrospective, Dublin, London, Buffalo and New York (2000-01); Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (2003-04); 'Gradiva: Willaim Cobbing' at the Freud Museum, London (2007-08); Leon Golub retrospective, Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid (2011) Returned to studio practice (painting) after completing a postgraduate drawing year at the Princes Drawing School (2006-7). Group Exhibitions in London (Tea Building,2007), New York (Sideshow Gallery Brooklyn, 2009), C2 Gallery (Milton Keynes, 2012), 2-person exhibition, Sideshow Gallery (2012).

Prof Bird has continued to extend his research on American artist Leon Golub with a range of outputs for 2015-2016. Most recently he contributed to the exhibition The Nakeds at The Drawing Room in London and was speaker at the symposium organized to accompany the exhibition. He is collaborating with the Serpentine Galleries on their forthcoming exhibition on Leon Golub and he is co-organizing and he is the keynote speaker for a conference on the work of the artist. The exhibition opens early March and the conference is late April 2015. Simultaneously he is co-organizer (Prof Mignon Nixon) and contributor to a symposium on Golub to be held March 2015 at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Prof Bird is curator of an exhibition of Golub’s political portraits (Portraits of Power) for the National Portrait Gallery which will open in February 2016. He is also editor and co-author to a book accompanying the exhibition to be published by Reaktion Books in 2016. He is currently writing an essay on the early paintings of Golub (1950s-60s) for an exhibition of the Chicago Monster Roster Group to be held at the Smart Museum, University of Chicago, early 2016.
Prof Bird is contributing to an exhibition of the work of the American artist Nancy Spero located at the Punta della Dogana in Venice opening in April 2015. He is also writing a chapter on Nancy Spero’s War Paintings for Joanna Bourke (ed.) A Global History of Art in Modern Warfare to be published by Reaktion late 2016.
He is co-organizer (with Dr Luke Skrebowski) of a conference on the American artist Hans Haacke on the occasion of the unveiling of his sculpture for the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square, to be held at London Institute of Contemporary Art, March 2015.

 

Key Publications

  • Leon Golub: Echoes of the Real (2010)
  • Rewriting Conceptual Art (co-editor with Michael Newman, 2000)
  • Otherworlds: The Art of Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith (2003)
  • Hans Haacke (co-author, 2004)
  • Nancy Spero (co-author, 1996)
     

PhD supervisions:

Robin Bale: The art object/performer and the audience as Polity.
Andrew Graves: Very abstract and not so abstract painting: New and Contemporary British Abstraction.
Kevina Labonne: The Model of Artifice.
Gudrun Filipska: Fin de siècle trajectories and industrial heritage trails.1850-2000 Representation of the mine from Poland to England, An aesthetic and inter discursive history.
Oliver Rees: Drawing as Tragedy: The comparative architecture of Joseph Gandy, 1771-1843.
Nikos Tsiaparas: Picturing the Child.

Jon Bird’s research outputs in the University Repository

Leon Golub [retrospective catalogue]

Bird, Jon (2011) Leon Golub [retrospective catalogue]. Turner Ediciones. ISBN 9788475069753 ...

Mutual dependencies

Akerman, Jeremy and Bartram, Ang and Bauer, Diann and Bird, Jon and Boyce, Sonia and Coutts, Nicky and Press, Gefn and Holmwood, Sigrid and Johanknecht, Susan and Meynell, Katharine and Mo...

Leon Golub [retrospective exhibition]

Bird, Jon (2011) Leon Golub [retrospective exhibition]. [Show/Exhibition] ...

Conceptual art and/as philosophy.

Osborne, Peter (1999) Conceptual art and/as philosophy. In: Rewriting conceptual art. Newman, Michael and Bird, Jon , eds. Reaktion Books, London, pp. 47-65. ISBN 1861890524 ...

Rewriting conceptual art

Bird, Jon and Newman, Michael (1999) Rewriting conceptual art. Reaktion Books, London. ISBN 1861890524 ...

Leon Golub: echoes of the real [2nd ed.]

Bird, Jon (2010) Leon Golub: echoes of the real [2nd ed.]. Reaktion Books, London. ISBN 9781861897657 ...

On installation

Bird, Jon and Garb, Tamar (2001) On installation. Oxford Art Journal, 24 (2). ISSN 0142-6540 ...

Hubert Damisch

Bird, Jon (2005) Hubert Damisch. Oxford Art Journal, 28 (2). pp. 151-288. ISSN 0142-6540 ...

Hans Haacke

Bird, Jon and Grasskamp, Walter and Nesbit, Molly (2004) Hans Haacke. Phaidon, London. ISBN 0714843199 ...

Unscrambling Hans Haacke's "mixed messages"

Bird, Jon (2004) Unscrambling Hans Haacke's "mixed messages". In: Hans Haacke. Grasskamp, Walter and Nesbit, Molly and Bird, Jon , eds. Phaidon, London. ISBN 0714843199 ...

The murmur of things. [essay]

Bird, Jon (2005) The murmur of things. [essay]. In: Raffaela Mariniello [catalogue of an exhibition]. Ffotogallery, Cardifff. ...

Olivo Barbieri: through a glass darkly.

Bird, Jon (2001) Olivo Barbieri: through a glass darkly. In: Olivo Barbieri: virtual truths. Tognon, Paolo , ed. Silvana, Milan. ISBN 9788882152789 ...

Nancy Spero: The Drawing Center & Galerie Lelong.

Bird, Jon and Strauss, David Levi (2006) Nancy Spero: The Drawing Center & Galerie Lelong. Brooklyn Rail . ...

Memory's touch: the art of Louise Bourgeois

Bird, Jon (2000) Memory's touch: the art of Louise Bourgeois. In: History painting reassessed: the representation of history in contemporary art. Green, David and Seddon, Peter , eds. Manche...

Massimo Vitali

Bird, Jon (2000) Massimo Vitali. In: Beach & disco. Vitali, Massimo , ed. Steidl, Göttingen. ISBN 3882436468 ...

Leon Golub interviewed by Bird, Jon

Bird, Jon (2007) Leon Golub interviewed by Bird, Jon. In: Talking art: interviews with artists since 1976. Bickers, Patricia and Wilson, Andrew , eds. Art Monthly, London. ISBN 978190546404...

Gradiva redux [essay]

Bird, Jon (2007) Gradiva redux [essay]. In: William Cobbing: Gradiva project [catalogue of an exhibition]. Cobbing, William , ed. Camden Arts Centre, pp. 10-17. ISBN 9781900470766 ...

Forward [to Tony Bevan]

Bird, Jon (2006) Forward [to Tony Bevan]. In: Tony Bevan. Bevan, Tony , ed. Lund Humphries, Aldershot. ISBN 0853319510 ...

Play time and the image: Massimo Vitali's scene's of leisure.

Bird, Jon (2004) Play time and the image: Massimo Vitali's scene's of leisure. In: Massimo photographer. Bazzini, Marco and Vitali, Massimo , eds. Centro per l'arte contemporanea, Prato. IS...

Four Decades: Hans Haacke (dvd); and Hans Haacke (book).

Bird, Jon and Blackwood, Michael and Grasskamp, Walter and Nesbit, Molly (2007) Four Decades: Hans Haacke (dvd); and Hans Haacke (book). [Film/Video] ...