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Jo Applin

Professor

  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

20022023

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Overview

Jo Applin is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on American and British art since 1945. She studied at the University of Essex and at UCL, where she was subsequently Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow. She joined The Courtauld in 2016, after eleven years teaching at the University of York. From 2018 to 2021 she was Head of the History of Art Department at The Courtauld. Jo is currently an Elected Member of the Courtauld’s Governing Board and Director of the Centre for American Art.

In 2008 Jo was Associate Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, and in 2012 she was the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize. In 2016 she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, and Senior Scholar at the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny. In spring 2022 she was invited professor at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Jo’s research addresses questions of abstraction, feminism, sexuality, and subjectivity. She is the author of Lee Lozano: Not Working (Yale University Press, 2018), Alison Wilding (Lund Humphries, 2018), Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America (Yale University Press, 2012), and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room-Phalli’s Field (Afterall and MIT Press, 2012). Her most recent book, Lee Lozano: Not Working, was awarded the Suzanne and James Mellor Book Prize from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. She is currently working on a book about ageing and feminism in American art.

Jo’s edited books include London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960-1980 (Penn State University Press, 2018), with Catherine Spencer and Amy Tobin, and Flesh (York Museums Trust, 2016). She has also co-edited special issues of Oxford Art JournalTate Papers, and Art Journal. In 2016 Jo co-curated Flesh, a major loan exhibition of over eighty works at York Art Gallery. Artists included Francis Bacon, Lynda Benglis, Belinda de Bruyckere, Chardin, Sarah Lucas, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Rodin, Donald Rodney, Rubens, and Jenny Saville.

Jo has also published widely on contemporary art and is an active critic. She has written reviews for scholarly journals including Oxford Art JournalMapThe Art BookJournal of American StudiesSculpture JournalWest 86th, and Modernism/Modernity, and her writing has also been published in Artforum, ArtReviewTimes Literary Supplement, and the London Review of Books.

Jo is an editor of Oxford Art Journal, where from 2014 to 2020 she was reviews editor. She also sits on the editorial boards of Archives of American Art Journal and Tate Papers. She previously served on the Advisory Board of the Terra-Tate Research Project ‘Refiguring American Art 1945-1980’ and ARTMargins. Jo is a Trustee of the Eva Hesse Charitable Foundation and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Fellowships

2022
  • Invited Professor, Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris
2016
  • Invited Senior Scholar, Terra Summer Residency, Giverny, France 
  • Visiting Scholar, Centre for Gender Studies, University of Cambridge, Lent Term 
  • Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, Lent Term 
2010-2011 
  • Anniversary Fellowship, University of York 
2009 
  • Associate Research Fellow, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal, Canada 
2007 
  • Visiting Scholar, School of Visual Arts, University of North Texas, USA 
2004-2005
  • Henry Moore Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, University College London

Grants, Awards, Prizes

2021            

  • Research Support Scheme, Courtauld Institute (£4000)

2017            

  • Finalist for ‘Best Exhibition Catalogue (under £1million category), Association of Cultural Enterprises

2016            

  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Author Grant, £2,500

2015

  • Suzanne and James Mellor Book Prize, National Museum of Women in the Arts, $50,000 

2013-2016

  • Philip Leverhulme Prize, £70,000 

2014

  • Research Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £2600  
  • Co-PI with Prof. Michael White for Centre for Modern Studies Research StrandUniversity of York, £1000 

2013

  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Educational Programme Grant, £3000 
  • Finalist, ARIAH Online Article Prize 
  • Research Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £1000 
  • British Art Research School conference funding, University of York, £300 
  • Centre for Modern Studies Small Project Grant, University of York, £60 
  • Centre for Modern Studies Small Project Grant, University of York, £100 
  • Centre for Modern Studies Small Project Grant, University of York, £60 

2012

  • Pump-Priming Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £270 

2011

  • Henry Moore Foundation Publication Grant, £5000 
  • Pump-Priming Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £1230 
  • Publication Grant, Department of History of Art, University of York, £400  

2010-2011

  • University of York Travel Grant (Anniversary Lectureship Prize), £3000 

2009

  • Central University Pump-Priming Award, University of York, £4500 
  • Pump-Priming Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £895  

2008

  • Pump-Priming Award, Department of History of Art, University of York, £1500 
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Leave, £23175 

2006

  • University of York Teaching Innovation and Development Committee Award, £4000 
  • Pump-Priming Award, Department of History of Art, University of York,  £250 

2003

  • Royal Historical Society Conference Grant, £250 
  • College Art Association Travel Grant, $500 
  • Graduate School Student Conference Grant, UCL, £250 

2002

  • AHRC Overseas Research Award, £5500 

2001

  • University of London Graduate School Travel Award, £250 
  • Departmental Travel Bursary, History of Art Department, UCL, £100 

2000

  • AHRB Competition B (fully-funded PhD) 

1998

  • AHRB Competition A (fully-funded MA)

Other Ongoing Activities

Jo is a member of the editorial boards of Oxford Art Journal and Tate Papers. She previously sat on the Academic Advisory Board for the Terra Foundation/Tate Research Project Refiguring American Art 1945-1980. She is a Trustee of the Eva Hesse Charitable Foundation; a member of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Advisory Council; and an elected member of the Courtaud's Governing Board. 

Professional Affiliations

  • Elected member of AICA (International Association of Art Critics)  
  • College Art Association 
  • Association of Art Historians

Teaching

  • BA History of Art: Frameworks for Interpretation 
  • BA History of Art: Image, Object, World: American Art 1945-1975
  • BA History of Art: Art and Subjecthood: Sculpture in 1960s America 
  • MA History of Art: ‘The Sixties: Eccentric, Erotic, Psychotic’ 
  • MA History of Art: ‘A Closer Look’

Education/Academic qualification

‘The Encrypted Object: The Secret World of Sixties Sculpture’, University College, London

… → 2004

University of Essex

… → 2000

University College, London

… → 1999

External positions

University of York

2013 → …

University of York

20052013

Christie's Education

20032004

University of Delaware in London

2003

University of Leicester

20022003

University College, London

20012005

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