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20022017

Personal profile

Overview

Jo Applin is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on American art since 1960. She studied at Essex University and UCL, where she was subsequently Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow. She joined The Courtauld in 2016, after eleven years teaching at the University of York. In 2008 Jo was Associate Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, and in 2012 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.

Jo’s research addresses questions of materiality, abstraction, eccentricity, feminism, sexuality, and subjectivity. She is the author of 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), and is currently completing two further books, Not Working: Lee Lozano versus the Art World 1961-1971 (Yale University Press), which was awarded the Suzanne and James Mellor Book Prize from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. in 2015, and London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960-1980 (Penn State University Press), which she is co-editing with Catherine Spencer and Amy Tobin. She is also embarking upon a new book about ageing and abstraction in American art since 1940, and co-editing a special issue of Oxford Art Journal on feminism and domesticity, to be published in 2017.

Jo is reviews editor of Oxford Art Journal, and sits on the boards of ARTMarginsTate Papers, and the Terra-Tate Research Project Refiguring American Art 1945-1980. Jo has also published widely on contemporary art and is an active critic, writing regularly for Artforum and other publications. She has also reviewed books and exhibitions for TLS, Oxford Art JournalMapJournal of American StudiesWest 86thModernism/ModernityThe Art Book, and Sculpture Journal.

Flesh, a major loan exhibition Jo has co-curated, will open at York Art Gallery in September 2016.

 

Fellowships

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

2017            

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

2016            

  • Paul Mellon Centore 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 (currently also Reviews Editor), ARTMargins, and Tate Papers. She also sits on the Academic Advisory Board for the Terra Foundation/Tate Research Project Refiguring American Art 1945-1980. 

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

University College, London

… → 2004

University College, London

… → 1999

University of Essex

… → 2000

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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Research Output 2002 2017

'Feminist Domesticities’

Applin, J. & Berry, F. 2017 In : Oxford Art Journal. 40, 1

Research output: Research - peer-reviewSpecial issue

Philippe Vandenberg: Crossing the Circle

Applin, J. & Doyle, M. Apr 2017 Brussels: MER Paper Kunsthalle.

Research output: ResearchBook

'Reframing the Feminine: Barbara Hepworth, Judy Chicago, Barbro Östlihn and Ilona Keserü’

Applin, J. 2017 'Reframing the Feminine: Barbara Hepworth, Judy Chicago, Barbro Östlihn and Ilona Keserü’. London: Stephen Friedman Gallery

Research output: ResearchChapter

Sarah Hamill, David Smith in Two Dimensions (University of California Press, 2015)

Applin, J. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Burlington Magazine.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewBook/Film/Article review

‘Cut Out, Drop Out’

Applin, J. May 10 2017 In : American Art. 31, 1, p. 6-11

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle