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The Courtauld Institute of Art

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London WC2R 0RN

gavin.parkinson@courtauld.ac.uk

 

Gavin Parkinson was educated at the University of Manchester (BA 1996) under the tutelage of David Lomas and subsequently completed his MA (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) under the supervision of Christopher Green at The Courtauld Institute of Art. He lectured at the University of Oxford (2004-07) before joining The Courtauld as Lecturer in European Modernism in 2008. He is currently Head of BA Admissions at The Courtauld and is Reviews Editor of the journal Art History and Series Editor of Ashgate Studies in Surrealism.

 

research interests

 

European art and visual culture of the twentieth century with a special interest in the connection between art and science in French art, 1900-1939. Latest writing is concerned with the interpretation of modernism by mainly French writers from the 1950s to the present day, turned towards a discussion of linguistics and the development of the writing of art history, and in the evaluation of art by novelists.

 

Courses taught in 2011-12

 

 

Recent publications:

 

Books

Surrealism, Art and Modern Science: Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology (Yale University Press, 2008)

The Duchamp Book (Tate Publishing, 2008)


Essays and Articles

‘The Delvaux Mystery,’ French Studies, forthcoming 2012.

‘Le Corbusier and Louis Soutter/Blind Summit,’ Kiki Benzon (ed.), Writing Design, Dalkey Archive, forthcoming 2012.

‘Surrealist Cézanne,’ Satish Padiyar (ed.), Modernist Games: Cézanne and The Card Players, London: The Courtauld Institute Research Forum, forthcoming May 2012.

 ‘A Note Concerning Causality in Julio Cortázar and Surrealism,’ Rita Eder (ed.), Vivísimo Muerto: Debates on Surrealism in Latin America, forthcoming 2011.

‘The Duchamp Code,’ David Getsy (ed.), From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth Century Art, Penn State, 2010.

‘Emotional Fusion with the Animal Kingdom: Notes Toward a Natural History of Surrealism,’ Barbara Larson and Fae Brauer (eds.), The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms, and Visual Culture, Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2009, 262-87.


‘A Note Concerning Causality in Julio Cortázar and Surrealism,’ Rita Eder (ed.), Vivísimo Muerto: Debates on Surrealism in Latin America, forthcoming 2011.

‘Le Corbusier and Louis Soutter/Blind Summit,’ Kiki Benzon (ed.), Writing Design, Dalkey Archive, forthcoming 2011.

‘The Duchamp Code,’ David Getsy (ed.), From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth Century Art, Penn State, 2010.

‘Emotional Fusion with the Animal Kingdom: Notes Toward a Natural History of Surrealism,’ Barbara Larson and Fae Brauer (eds.), The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms, and Visual Culture, Hanover and London: University Press of New England, 2009, 262-87.

‘The Duchamp Code,’ David Getsy (ed.), From Diversion to Subversion: Games, Play, and Twentieth

Century Art, Penn State, forthcoming 2008.

‘How Dalí Learned to Stop Worrying about Surrealism and Love the Bomb,’ Michael Taylor (ed.), The Dalí Renaissance: New Perspectives on His Life and Art after 1940, Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2008, 71-89.

‘Photoanthropography,’ Ken Heyman: Humanity, New York: Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 2008.

‘The Laughter and Tears of Eros,’ Marc Decimo (ed.), Marcel Duchamp and Eroticism, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, 149-59.

‘“Very Stupid Stuff”: Making Sense of Adolf Wölfli,’ Richard Pine (ed.), Creativity, Madness andCivilisation, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007, 235-63.


‘From Max Ernst to Ernst Mach, or Surrealism, Modern Physics and Epistemology’/‘De Max

Ernst a Ernst Mach, o surrealisme, física moderna i epistemologia,’ Dalí. Noves fronteres de

la ciència, l’art i el pensament, Barcelona: Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de

Cultura, 2005, 101-119, 149-63.


‘“This Harrowing and Colossal question of Einsteinian Space-time,”’ Persistence and Memory: New Critical Perspectives on Dalí at the Centennial, St. Petersburg, Florida: The Salvador Dalí Museum, 2004, 27-31.

‘Surrealism and Quantum Mechanics: Dispersal and Fragmentation in Art, Life, and Physics,’ Science in Context, (sp. issue, ‘Modern Art and Science’), vol. 17, no. 4, December 2004,
557-77.