Reader History and Theory of Art
Dr Michael Asbury is Reader in the History and Theory of Art and Deputy Director of the research centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN). An internationally recognised specialist in modern and contemporary art in Brazil, he has published extensively and has curated numerous exhibitions in the UK, Europe and Latin America.
Art history and theory, modernism and contemporary art in Brazil.
The inclusion within recent anthologies of 20th century art of practices from geopolitical regions formally considered as ‘peripheral’ to dominant discourses raises fundamental questions.
My practice as a writer and curator seeks to critically engage with such questions through the rigor of art historical research and a critical engagement with contemporary art that traverses commercial, academic and museological domains.
Fernanda Albertoni, Reordering images and constructing memory: three artists-archivists in Brazil.
Gerard Choy, Sounding Chinese: Tracing the Voice of Early 20th-Century to Present-Day Transnational Chinese.
Vasiliki Christouli, Site-Specific Art as an exploration of Spatial and Temporal Limitations.
Caroline De Menezes, Smoke Sculptures: How to map the "aesthetical experience" of post-Duchampian art?
Lucía Gomez Mejía, The Rhythms of Remembering and Forgetting: A Shifting Relationship within Art Practice.
Sofia Gotti, Popular Politics: Pop Art Practices in Argentina, Brazil and Peru.
Gustavo Grandal Montero, Concrete poetry, conceptual art and the 'turn to language' in the 1960s.
Samson Kambalu, 13th Room: The General Economy in Meschac Gaba's Museum of Contemporary African Art.
Amy McDonnell, Why do we Associate?: Artists' Group Work between Cuba and the UK.
Anna Vickers, Revealing and concealing in post-1970's painting.
German Alfonso Nunez Adaid, Between Technophilia, Cold War and Rationality: A Social and Cultural History of Digital Art.
Norma Copa-Schenke, Exposed Visions: Disappearance and re-appearance of the Indigenous in Patagonia.
Ana Beatriz Ferreira de Rocha e Silva, Spectacular architecture, identity crisis, cultural politics and the reinvention of the significance of museums of modern art.
Alexandra Handal, Locating the Self: Palestine, diaspora, geographies and body in contemporary art.
Suzana Vaz, The Archaic makes the Avant-Garde. Experimental Practice and Primordial Image. Reading the Brazilian Post-Neoconcrete and the Japanese Gutai Artists through Mircea Eliade and Carl Gustav Jung.
Asbury, Michael (2015) Her Other Selves: On Anna Maria Maiolino’s art of becoming. Flash Art International (300). ISSN 0394-1493
Asbury, Michael (2015) Raul Mourão: Toque Devagar/Handle with Care. In: Raul Mourão Volume I. Automatica, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 240-251.
Asbury, Michael (2014) 21 Forma de Amnesia. In: Milton Machado: Cabeça. Editora Luneta, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 134-139.
Asbury, Michael (2014) Abstract Impulses. In: Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict: Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneiros Collection. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Miami, Florida, US.
Asbury, Michael (2014) Iberê Camargo: O Carretel Meu Personagem. In: 100 Anos de Iberê. Cosac & Naify and Fundação Iberê Camargo, pp. 253-275.
Asbury, Michael (2014) Sobre a Mobilidade. In: Milton Machado: Cabeça. Editora Luneta, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 158-159.
Asbury, Michael (2013) Angelo Venosa, Deixo que falem o que quizerem. In: Angelo Venosa: A febre da matéria. Cosac Naify, São Paulo, Brazil, pp. 169-177.
Asbury, Michael (2013) Miguel Palma: man, machine and motion: night, night, Mr Tenjag. In: Miguel Palma, Jaguar Project. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. ISBN 978-0957040441
Asbury, Michael (2013) Milton Machado: Prize Nominations. In: Imagine Brazil. Astrup Fearnley Musset, Oslo, Norway, pp. 70-72.
Asbury, Michael (2013) Some Notes on Abraham Palatnik’s Kinechromatic Apparatus. In: Abraham Palatnik: a reinvenção da pintura. Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, pp. 61-77.