My research centres on the imbrications of artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. I have written books and articles on abstract art, the reception of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in the visual arts and the discipline of art history, on art historical methodology, and on recent Canadian and international art. The historiography and methodology of art history and the field of Visual Culture Studies is an ongoing research interest, as is contemporary art in Canada and abroad, from both curatorial and academic perspectives. Much of my current work is on ecoart
I am the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute Fellowship, a University of Toronto Connaught Research Fellowship and Chancellor Jackman Research Fellowship in the Humanities, several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research grants, the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Western Ontario, 1998), and the Northrop Frye Award for teaching (University of Toronto, 2006). In 2006, I received the Art Journal Award
from the College Art Association of America for “Matting the Monochrome: Malevich, Klein, & Now,” and in 2008, the Curatorial Writing Award from the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, for “The Transformative Abstraction of Robert Houle,” in Robert Houle: Troubling Abstraction. Exh. Cat. McMaster University Art Gallery, Robert McLaughlin Gallery (Oshawa), 2007. My co-curated exhibition Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film Work was awarded “Exhibition of the Year” (a juried prize) by the Ontario Assoc. of Art Galleries, 2011.
I was the principal investigator on a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant titled CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education and Training), 2013-17. ArtCan.ca
is our (now archived) website.