Barnaby Wright

Barnaby Wright

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom


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Barnaby Wright is a specialist in late nineteenth-century and twentieth-century art with a particular interest in modern British art. He studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art (BA, MA, Ph.D., 1996-2004) and began his curatorial career in 2005 as Exhibitions Curator at the Hermitage Rooms in Somerset House, London, where he staged a number of exhibitions in collaboration with The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He became a curator at The Courtauld Gallery in 2007 and has curated and co-curated a series of exhibitions including: Walter Sickert: The Camden Town Nudes (2007-08); Frank Auerbach: London Building Sites 1952-62 (2009-10); Cezanne’s Card Players (2010-11, second venue The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York); Mondrian-Nicholson: In Parallel (2012);Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 (2013); and Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude(2014-15). He curated two contemporary shows at the Courtauld: Richard Serra: Drawings for the Courtauld (2013); Jasper Johns: Regrets (2014).

He co-curated Bridget Riley. Learning from Seurat (2015-16), Soaring Flight: Peter Lanyon's Gliding Paintings (2015-16), Georgina Houghton: Spirit Drawings (2016), and Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys (2017-18). 

Barnaby teaches on the MA Curating the Art Museum course and leads the Gallery’s collaboration with the programme.

Research interests

  • Paul Cézanne and his legacy.
  • The Nude in early twentieth-century avant-garde art
  • Avant-garde art and the professionalization of culture in Britain, c.1900-1914.
  • The changing ‘realisms’ of Walter Sickert.
  • Post-War/Cold War: Art in Britain, 1945-1965.
  • Teaching from art collections.

Other Ongoing Activities

  • HM Government Acceptance in Lieu Panel – panel member
  • Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust – trustee

Education/Academic qualification

The Courtauld Institute of Art


The Courtauld Institute of Art


The Courtauld Institute of Art



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