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Professor Paul Gladston

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Contemporary Art in and from China

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Biography

NB Paul Gladston's publications record here is substantially incomplete. It will be updated in due course.

Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales. He was previously Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory and Director of the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham and, before that, the inaugural Head of...view more

NB Paul Gladston's publications record here is substantially incomplete. It will be updated in due course.

Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales. He was previously Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures and Critical Theory and Director of the Centre for Contemporary East Asian Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham and, before that, the inaugural Head of the School of International Communications and Director of the Institute of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. He was also a visiting professor at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, Chongqing in 2009 and at the Sothebys' Institute London between 2016 and 2018. During his time at the University of Nottingham and the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China, Paul received 'exceeds expectation' awards as a result of annual review on six occasions between 2007 and 2016.

 

Paul has written extensively about contemporary art in and from the People’s Republic of China with particular reference to the concerns of critical theory. During the last decade, he has impacted significantly on the development of a critically informed contemporary Chinese art studies, both internationally and inside China. His numerous book-length publications include Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (2014), which received 'Publication of the Year' at the Awards of Art China 2015. He is internationally recognised for a series of field-changing interventions in the theorisation of contemporary Chinese art, including an extended debate with the renowned curator, art historian and critic, Gao Minglu conducted in the journal Yishu. His forthcoming monograph Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity, which has received widespread critical acclaimwill be published by Bloomsbury in October 2019.

 

Paul is a deputy editor of the book series, Contemporary Chinese Art (Spinger) and a contributing editor to the journal, Eyeline. He is an editorial or advisory board member for numerous journals, including: Modern China Studies, The Journal of Visual Art Practice, Culture and Dialogue, Chinese Contemporary Art Studies, and di'van - a Journal of Accounts.

 

Paul's Amazon UK author page:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paul-Gladston/e/B009TQCPFE/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1351155936&sr=1-2-ent

 

Paul was, from 2014 to 2017, founding principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art - the first peer-reviewed journal of its kind in any language https://www.intellectbooks.com/journal-of-contemporary-chinese-art - and an academic adviser to the internationally acclaimed exhibition 'Art of Change: New Directions from China', which was staged at the Hayward Gallery-South Bank Centre London in 2012; receiving over 22,000 visitors and 4* and 5* media reviews, including in The Times, The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4's culture show, Front Row. https://www.amazon.com/Art-Change-New-Directions-China/dp/1853323039

 

Paul was 'Author of the Month' (January 2013) at the Zentrum für Kunst and Medientechnologie Karlsruhe website: ’(Re-)Constructing Contemporary Chinese Art: Towards a Polylogue between International and Chinese Theoretical Paradigms’. Other authors of the month include the internationally renowned scholars, Prof John Clark (Sydney), Prof James Elkins (Chicago) and Prof Terry Smith (Chicago). The invitation to contribute came as the result of Paul's work as academic adviser to the exhibition 'Art of Change: New Directions from China'. http://globalartmuseum.de/site/guest_author/329

 

Paul was a co-curator - with Lynne Howarth-Gladston - of the ground-breaking exhibition, 'New China/New Art: Contemporary Video from Shanghai and Hangzhou', which was staged at the University of Nottingham's Djanogly Gallery, 4 September - 1November 2015. http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/exhibitions/event/2931/new-china-new-art.html

 

Paul's recent public talks include: 

 

  • 'Inside and Outside the Yellow Box: Rethinking Displays of Asian Art ', Asia Institute and School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, 27 May 2019 - with Lynne Howarth-Gladston. Made possible by funding provided by the Asia Institute UTAS. http://www.utas.edu.au/asia-institute/events/events/2019/public-lecture- 

 

 

 

  • 'Inside and Outside the Yellow Box: Rethinking Displays of Asian Art and Artefacts', Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery The University of Western Australia, 11 April 2019 - with Lynne Howarth-Gladston. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/special-event-inside-outside-the-yellow-box-registration-55316735846  

 

Paul's recent contributions to the media include commentary in the following articles:

 

 

Paul's recent book-length publications include:

 

Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity - Bloomsbury Academic (literature and Philosophy) ‘Aesthetics and Contemporary Art’ series, David Carrier and Tiziana Adina eds. (London: Bloomsbury, 2019) ISBN-10: 1350041971 ISBN-13: 978-1350041974

https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/contemporary-chinese-art-aesthetic-modernity-and-zhang-peili-9781350041974/

https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/series/aesthetics-and-contemporary-art/

 

“From the painstaking walk-through of theoretical issues and historical/cultural context appearing in his Prolegomenon, through the concise yet bracing conclusion, Paul Gladston's study of Zhang Peili and contemporaneity is far more than a mere biographical sketch of a single artist; it is a treatise on visual art of the present and China's particularized presence in that sphere. It is a landmark work both in terms of cultural-criticism and art-historical analysis.” –  Paul Manfredi, Professor of Chinese, Pacific Lutheran University, USA

 

"With its judicious application of critical theory, this book will be essential reading for a better understanding of contemporary Chinese art and visual culture in global contexts." Jason C. Kuo, Professor of Chinese Art, University of Maryland, USA

 

“While emphasizing that our understanding of what is specific to China may be analysed with notions originating as much from China as from the West, the main strength of Professor Gladston's book, particularly obvious in its ambitious prolegomenon, is to elucidate the idea of contemporaneity in the present debate about Chinese art.” –  Frank Vigneron, Professor and Chairperson, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

 

Deconstructing Contemporary Chinese Art: Selected Critical Writings and Conversations, 2007-2014 (Heidelberg-Berlin: Springer Verlag, 2016) ISBN 13: 978-3-662-46487-8

http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783662464878

 

“[Paul] Gladston, first with his Contemporary Chinese Art: a Critical History and now with this volume of selected writings, has distinguished himself as the most brilliant Western scholar working in this field. What makes Gladston's work so indispensable is not only his prose — it is both elegant and precise — but also that he so effectively subjects Chinese work to the same criticality that anyone reasonably would expect for any first-rate writing on art from any country.”Drew Hammond, award-winning art critic and Exhibitions Director ACE Gallery, Los Angeles

 

Yu Youhan (Shanghai: 3030 Press and ShanghArt Gallery, 2015) ISBN 13: 978-988-99384-9-9

http://us3.campaign-archive1.com/?u=c75e23781b5f53e27841d0bf9&id=9b93d0567a

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_6yzDutsk

 

“The veteran art practitioner Yu Youhan is probably one of the most underrated artists in the contemporary Chinese art world. This monograph by Paul Gladston provides illuminating insights into Yu Youhan’s art in the context of wider critical reflections on society and culture in China. It carries research on contemporary Chinese art a step further in respect of theoretical depth and scholarly standards.” - Bao Dong, principal editor, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art Studies

 

Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (London: Reaktion and Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014) ISBN 13: 978-1-78023-269-0

http://www.reaktionbooks.co.uk/browse/article_detail/how_critical_is_contemporary_chinese_art

‘Best Publication’, Awards of Art China 2015

http://www.aacaward.com/en/index.html

 

“Gladston's work is thorough and concise, theoretically informed and clearly argued. An excellent book ****” – Prof Paul Manfredi, Pacific Lutheran University Seattle

 

‘Avant-garde’ Art Groups in China, 1979-1989 (Bristol: Intellect and Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013) ISBN 13: 978-1-84150-715-6

https://www.intellectbooks.com/avant-garde-art-groups-in-china-1979-1989

 

“…an original approach…Gladston has performed a signal function in making a good deal of information available now, and indicating many paths for future researchers to follow.” – Prof. John Clark, China Journal

 

Contemporary Art in Shanghai: Conversations with Seven Chinese Artists (Hong Kong: Blue Kingfisher/Timezone 8, 2011) ISBN 13: 978-988-15063-7

https://books.google.com.au/books/about/Contemporary_Art_in_Shanghai.html?id=4kenpwAACAAJ&source=kp_book_description&redir_esc=y

 

Paul Gladston (ed.), China and Other Spaces: Selected Essays from the Research Seminar Series of the Institute of Comparative Cultural Studies, Ningbo 2005-07 (Nottingham: CCCP press, 2009) ISBN 13: 978-1-905510-22-1

 

Art History after Deconstruction: Is There Any Future for a Deconstructive Attention to Art History? (Auckland: Magnolia Press, 2005) ISBN 1-877354-80-5


My Grants

  • 2019 - 'Inside and Outside the Yellow Box: Rethinking Displays of Asian Art', Asia Institute and School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania27 May 2019 - with Lynne Howarth-Gladston. Made possible by UTAS Asia Institute Award, $2,000. http://www.utas.edu.au/asia-institute/events/events/2019/public-lecture- 
  • 2017 – Sichuan China Fine Arts Institute Award, 2018 (£30,000) to support international conference, ‘Seeing the Unseen: Trans-cultural Perspectives on Contemporary Art in/from Asia’ Sichuan China Fine Arts Institute, People’s Republic of China. Conference Organisers: Professor Paul Gladston, University of Nottingham and Professor Lü Peng, Sichuan China Fine Arts Institute.
  • 2015 Co-I successful bid to Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (US$25,000) to support staging of the international symposium ‘Wordimage: visual-verbal interstices in contemporary Chinese Art’, Seattle, October 2016.
  • 2014 – Funding from ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai (£25,000) to support the publication of Paul Gladston, Yu Youhan (Shanghai: 3030 Press and ShanghArt Gallery, 2015); 300 full-colour illustrations. 
  • May 2014 - Named investigator AHRC Network Project, ‘Culture, Capital and Communication: Visualising Chinese Borders in the twenty first century’. Principal Investigator Dr Rebecca Kennedy, Manchester Metropolitan University, School of History of Art and Design, Co-Investigator Dr Ming Turner, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (AHRC contribution £26,500). Paul Gladston is cited on the successful bid as a ‘key international academic in the areas of contemporary Chinese art and border Studies’.
  • May 2014 - ‘Contemporary Art, Curating and Social Engagement in Twenty-first Century China’– PI on research project involving Guggenheim NYC, Tate, City University HK, CAFA Hangzhou, Rockbund Art Museum (RAM) Symposium and bid preparation workshop November 2014 (first meeting November 2013). Supported by CAS award (£4,700), CEACS (£500) and RAM (£20,000).
  • November 2013 - British Council award (£1,000) to support Research Workshop: ‘The Social Function of Contemporary Art in the PRC’, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai.
  • 2012 – Successful application to British Council, Shanghai to fund attendance at the first ‘Sino-UK Higher Education Symposium on Creative Media Industry, 2012’– Guangzhou and Nanjing, 2012; flights and accommodation. Also supported by successful application to University of Nottingham Inter-campus Mobility Fund (£8,000).
  • 2013 - Paul Gladston, ‘Avant-garde Art Groups in China, 1979-1989 (Bristol: Intellect and Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013); 30 full-colour reproductions. Colour reproduction costs supported by ShanghArt Gallery, Shanghai (£2,000).
  •  October 2009 – The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Conference Travel Grant: Invited Speaker, Modernity’s Cultural Politics: China in Context at the Courtauld Institute of Art: ‘Curatorial Discourse and the Limits of Speech: Critical Reflections on the Third Guangzhou Triennial, Farewell to Post-Colonialism’.
  •  July 2009 – The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China ‘Light Semester’ Scheme. Completion of the manuscript for Paul Gladston, ‘Avant-garde Art Groups in China, 1979-1989 (Bristol: Intellect and Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013)
  •  June 2009 – The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Conference Travel Grant; Panel Member, Inter-Asia cultural Typhoon at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies ‘Translating Regions: Aesthetic Movements, Labour Regimes, Cultural Geographies’.
  •  September 2008 – The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Inter-Campus Research Award, in support of the conference ‘Digital Hollywood-Digital China’ held jointly by The Institute of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China and The Institute for Film and Television Studies at the University of Nottingham in March 2009, (£11,000).
  •  June 2007 - The University of Nottingham, New Researchers Award, ‘Chinese Avant-Garde Art Groups and Associations of the late 1970s and 1980s’ (£7,500).
  •  April 2006 - The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Small Research Grant, ‘A Case Study of Chi She or the ’85 New Space Group of Chinese Artists’.
  •  December 2006 – The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China Conference Travel Grant; The Association of Art Historians Annual Conference April 2007: “Representing the ‘Monster City’: The Unbearable Blandness of Song Tao and B6’s Yard”.

My Qualifications

  • 2004 - PhD Critical Theory, University of Nottingham: Art History after Deconstruction: Is There Any Future for a Deconstructive Attention to Art History?
  • 1997 - MA Critical Theory, University of Nottingham 
  • 1992 - Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, Nottingham-Trent University
  • 1986 - BA (hons.) Drawing and Painting, 1st Class, Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art 

My Awards

 

  • 2018 - Nominated for University of Nottingham Staff Oscar, ‘Teaching: makes best use of technology to enhance learning’ category.
  • 2017 - winner ‘International Strategy of the Year’ category Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMA). UoN was nominated for the THELMA on the strength of its Creative Hub, which brings together science, technology and the arts to respond to changes in government policy in China and the UK, including  its museums CPD in China. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2017/june/the-university-of-nottingham-wins-at-the-thelmas.aspx 2014-16 - Paul Gladston, Joint Academic Chair, University of Nottingham China Cultural Visiting Hub (CCVH) development group. Successful development of curatorial training programme for museums and galleries in China in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • 2017 - UNNC/UNUK International Creative Economy Leadership Academy (ICELA) screen industry and museum masterclasses shortlisted for the Guardian University Awards under the ‘Best International Project’ category. https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/mar/07/the-judges-decision-finalists-for-the-guardian-university-awards-2017
  • 2016 - Nominated for University of Nottingham Knowledge Exchange Award. 
  • 2015 – Winner ‘Publication of the Year’, 9th Art Awards China 2015 for monograph Contemporary Chinese Art: A Critical History (Reaktion, 2014)
  • 2013 - Nominated for University of Nottingham Staff Oscar, ‘Teaching: most inspirational teacher’ category.
  • 2012 – Freeman of Berwick-upon-Tweed
  • 1986 – Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award for Drawing
  • 1985 - Eileen Stoekel-Batell Scholar, Yale University USA
  • 1985 – Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship, Edinburgh Colege of Art

My Research Activities

Paul is currently working on four research publication projects:

  1. A book co-written with Dr Lynne Howarth-Gladston, provisionally titled, Tradition Dis-/Continued: Contemporary Chinese Women’s Art and Confucian Aesthetics, on interventions by three contemporary Chinese women artists into the traces of the masculinist-elitist neo-Confucian aesthetic tradition.
  2. A monograph, provisionally titled, Three Prominences, that meditates critically on trans-/intra-cultural as well as trans-historical resonances between three works of art: Fan Kuan's Travellers Among Mountains and Streams (C12th), Masaccio's The Trinity , and Duchamp's, Fountain.
  3. A book co-written with Dr Lynne Howarth-Gladston, provisionally titled (Inside and) Outside the (Yellow) Box: Rethinking Displays of East Asian Art, related to Hong Kong gallerist Johnson Chang's intervention in the international curatorial paradigm of the White Cube, known as the Yellow Box.
  4. A monograph, provisionally titled, Contemporary Art is Rubbish!

My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

  • Critical Theory
  • Contemporary Chinese Art
  • Aesthetic Modernity, Postmodernity and Contemporaneity
  • Decolonization of Museum and Gallery Spaces
  • Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power

Previous successful PhD students include:

  • 2019, Linda Pittwood: Representations of Women in Contemporary Chinese Art - funded by Midlands Three Cities Award (M3C) (AHRC)
  • 2018, Renata Abou-Eid: Translating cultures, Adapting lives: The role of cultural interpretation in the acculturation of Polish migrants in the East Midlands
  • 2016, Joachin Lopez:(Non-)Rational Chinese and Western Photographic Heterotopias in Shanghai
  • 2015, Meng Jing, TV Representations of the Cultural Revolution in China
  • 2014, Yao Yung-wen:Cultural Diplomacy and Contemporary Chinese Art

At time of leaving the University of Nottingham Paul was supervisor of four PhD theses

 

Paul has been an external PhD examiner at:

 

  • 2020 - Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2019 - University of Glasgow
  • 2019 – Chinese University of Hong Kong 
  • 2018 – Australian National University
  • 2017 – University of Glasgow
  • 2016 – Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • 2014 – University of Lancaster
  • 2013 – University of Glasgow
  • 2011 – University College London

and an external MFA examiner at:

 

  • 2018 - The University of Western Australia

Currently supervising

  • Ms Luise Guest: (In)visible Ink: Gender and National Identity in the Work of Four Contemporary Chinese Artists. PhD candidate UNSW.

My Engagement

Lead author of the REF Impact Case 2013 (UK), ‘Adding Complexity to the Curatorial Presentation of Contemporary Chinese Art’.

‘Dr Paul Gladston's (Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Visual Culture, Nottingham, 2005-present) research has served to problematize and add complexity to the public understanding of the relationship between contemporary Chinese art and the wider conditions of its making and showing both within and outside the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC). The Chief Curator of the Hayward Gallery exhibition Art of Change: New Directions from China (2012) drew on Gladston's expertise in the exhibition's presentation. The exhibition attracted over 22,000 visitors, with international media coverage leading to wider critical engagement in broadcast and social media. A challenging review of the exhibition in The Guardian by the high-profile artist Ai Weiwei, followed by Gladston's response, stimulated broader public debate around contemporary Chinese art.’


My Teaching

Paul is the lead author and co-convenor of the programme:

  • Contemporary East Asian Art

He was the lead author of the BA International Communications and MA International Communications, and of the PhD programme in critical theory/cultural studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China. In 2007 the BA International Communications achieved Special degree status in Zhejiang province – the first programme to do so at UNNC.

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Location

UNSW | Art & Design
UNSW Sydney
Paddington campus
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd,
Paddington, NSW 2021

Contact

+61 2 8936 0778