Anne Reimers is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion. She specialises in the relationship between fine art and fashion design, and the art world and the fashion industry in the 20th and 21st centuries, visual culture and critical theory in the early 20th century, and 1960s/70s feminist media and body art.
She is a member of the Fashion Design and Visual Arts Research Hub at London College of Fashion.
Anne completed her PhD in History of Art at University College London (UCL) with a thesis on 1920s portrait paintings by the artist Otto Dix. Her PhD developed new methodological approaches by crossing disciplinary boundaries, drawing on art history, media history, theories of fashion and temporality, cultural theory, fashion journalism and arts criticism.
The results of this research were published in her book Otto Dix and Weimar Media Culture: Time, Fashion and Photography in Portrait Paintings of the Neue Sachlichkeit' (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2022).
Her article ‘Inscribing Temporality, Containing Fashion: Otto Dix’s Portrait of the Dancer Anita Berber recontextualised', published in the academic journal Art History (2018), was awarded an ‘honourable mention’ by the Association of Historians of German, Scandinavian and Central European Art (HGSCEA) Emerging Scholars Publication Prize.
She presented her research on the vocabulary employed by critical art history and arts journalism in the 1920s, with focus on references to temporality and fashion, at the conference 'Signs and Symbols: Dress at the Intersection between Image and Realia' organised by the 'Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory' at the Humboldt-University Berlin. The conference proceedings were published in a book with the same title (de Gruyter, 2018).
Current projects include: a conference paper on tennis dress and gender discourses in the 1920s, and a journal article on Walter Benjamin’s ‘Artwork’ essay and the issue of the reproduction of art in photography and print in the 1920s and 30s.
Anne has previously taught Cultural Studies at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and at Central Saint Martins (UAL).
Anne also works as a freelance arts journalist for the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), reporting on the global art market with focus on modern and contemporary art. Since 2006, she has published 200+ articles covering exhibitions, auctions and art fairs in London and abroad, including Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Zoo Art Fair London, Art Basel Hong Kong, Art Basel Miami, Art Dubai, and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in Marrakesh. She has interviewed artists such as Sean Scully and Michaël Borremans, photographer Mario Testino, fashion icon Daphne Guinness, and fashion journalist Suzy Menkes. Recent articles include a review of the solo-exhibition of Ethiopian painter Tesfaye Urgessa at Saatchi Yates in Mayfair, London (August 2021).
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