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Dr Michael
Asbury

Job title
Reader History and Theory of Art
College name
CCW
Email address
m.asbury@chelsea.arts.ac.uk
Dr Michael Asbury

Biography


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.

Research


Research Interests

Art history and theory, modernism and contemporary art in Brazil.

Research Statement

The inclusion within recent anthologies of 20th century art of practices from geopolitical regions formally considered as ‘peripheral’ to dominant discourses raises fundamental questions.

  • On the one hand, if they arise from a revisionist tendency that reflects the concurrent proliferation of international biennials and art fairs, the acquisition policies of large Museums in Europe and the USA, as well as the revised and enlarged scope of interests expressed by auction houses, how are they to be considered beyond mere appendices to established genealogies?
  • On the other hand, and perhaps more cynically, could it be that such inclusions serve as art historical precedents, imbued by the radicalism and the rhetoric of postcolonial and/or cultural studies, that merely provide a mechanism of legitimation for contemporary practices?

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.

Research Outputs

  • Her Other Selves: On Anna Maria Maiolino’s art of becoming. Flash Art International (300) - Asbury, Michael (2015) Her Other Selves: On Anna Maria Maiolino’s art of becoming. Flash Art International (300). ISSN 0394-1493 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8500/)
  • Raul Mourão: Toque Devagar/Handle with Care - Asbury, Michael (2015) Raul Mourão: Toque Devagar/Handle with Care. In: Raul Mourão Volume I. Automatica, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 240-251. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8483/)
  • 21 Forma de Amnesia - Asbury, Michael (2014) 21 Forma de Amnesia. In: Milton Machado: Cabeça. Editora Luneta, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 134-139. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8630/)
  • Abstract Impulses. Essay in edited book to accompany the exhibition 'Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict. Abstract Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection'. - 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. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8492/)
  • Iberê Camargo: O Carretel Meu Personagem - Asbury, Michael (2014) Iberê Camargo: O Carretel Meu Personagem. In: 100 Anos de Iberê. Cosac & Naify and Fundação Iberê Camargo, pp. 253-275. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8506/)
  • Sobre a Mobilidade. An essay on artist Milton Machado, one of two published in a collection of writings on the artist. - Asbury, Michael (2014) Sobre a Mobilidade. In: Milton Machado: Cabeça. Editora Luneta, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 158-159. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8484/)
  • Angelo Venosa, Deixo que falem o que quizerem - 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. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8497/)
  • Miguel Palma: man, machine and motion: night, night, Mr Tenjag - 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 (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/4151/)
  • Milton Machado: Prize Nominations - Asbury, Michael (2013) Milton Machado: Prize Nominations. In: Imagine Brazil. Astrup Fearnley Musset, Oslo, Norway, pp. 70-72. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8495/)
  • Some Notes on Abraham Palatnik’s Kinechromatic Apparatus - 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. (http://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/8496/)

Students


  • Fernanda AlbertoniGerard Choy - Reordering images and constructing memory: three artists-archivists in Brazil.<br />
  • 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?
  • Luc&iacute;a Gomez Mej&iacute;a - 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.