Key Research Clusters

Twentieth-century art

David Hopkins, Debbie Lewer, Dominic Paterson and Tina Fiske have developed a body of research around the avant-garde, related to PhD study and the MLitt in Art: Politics: Transgression: 20th-Century Avant-Gardes.

We have established an international profile in Dada studies, exemplified by Lewer’s award of a Senior Humboldt Fellowship in 2009-10 to pursue research on German modernism, Hopkins’s recent appointment as editor of the Blackwell Companion to Dada and Surrealism and numerous published outcomes including contributions to The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines.

Paterson has been actively involved as a critic, working alongside artists and curators in the Scottish contemporary art scene. Fiske’s work on public collections policy, through her work on the National Collecting Scheme Scotland project with Creative Scotland, complements the activity of this cluster, tying it to public support systems for the arts.

Nineteenth-century art

This cluster builds on Glasgow’ s longstanding strengths in nineteenth-century art. Scholars are working across a range of interdisciplinary areas, including:

We have expanded our continued international expertise on Whistler scholarship by Margaret Macdonald’s online catalogue raisonné of Whistler’s etchings (2011) and Macdonald and de Montfort’s exhibition ‘An American in London: Whistler and the Thames’ (Dulwich 2013; Addison Gallery, MA; and Freer Gallery, Washington DC, 2014). A key research partner for this cluster is the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the study of Text/Image Cultures, of which Hilary Macartney’s research is a core part.

Medieval and renaissance art

The recent appointment of Tom Nichols builds on the research strengths of John Richards and Debra Strickland. This cluster now encompasses c.1250-1600. This group is currently developing an innovative MLitt titled The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy (currently awaiting approval).  

Nichols’ and Richards’ research engages with historiographic issues in Italian art with an emphasis on key figures (Petrarch, Tintoretto, Titian). This cluster has strong thematic crossovers, for example, Strickland’s innovative work on pejorative representations of non-Christians in medieval Christian art connects with Nichols’ widely published work on representations of the poor and outcast in the early modern period. Sally Rush’s work on sixteenth-century Scottish court culture complements the research of this cluster, whilst external contacts exist with, for example, the Glasgow Network for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, The Society of Renaissance Studies and the international group, Cinquecento plurale.

Textile conservation and technical art history

This fast-developing area of activity is led by Frances Lennard and Erma Hermens, and has benefitted from new staff and infrastructural investments: Anita Quye (Conservation Science); Mark Richter (Technical Art History); Lesley Miller (Dress and Textile History).

Our activities are already making an impact with future areas of research identified through the outcomes of the Getty Foundation Funded Research Network (Lennard, Quye and Hermens, 2010-13) and the launch of the Art, Technology and Authentification Research Group (ArtTA) in 2013, in partnership with the Imaging Spectroscopy and Analysis Centre (ISAAC) within Geological and Earth Sciences at Glasgow (Hermens, Richter, Chung and Tate).

Exhibition curation also features within this cluster, for example Hermens’ Tracing Bosch and Bruegel, funded by the EU Culture Fund in collaboration with the Kadriorg Art Museum, Tallinn; the National Gallery of Denmark; and Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow (2011-12), and Miller’s curation of the travelling exhibition: 'Princely Treasures' (National Museum of Korea, Seoul, and other locations, 2011-12).