Professor Roger Benjamin

BA Hons Melbourne, MA and PhD, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania
Professor of Art History
ARC DORA Fellow 2013-15
Visiting Professor, US Studies Centre

A26 - R.C. Mills Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3599
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Biographical details

Born and raised in Canberra, ACT, Roger Benjamin took an Honours degree in Philosophy and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne in 1979. His MA and PhD were undertaken at Bryn Mawr College outside Philadelphia, whence his doctoral work on early Matisse took him to Paris (1982-83). Roger was appointed in 1984 as Lecturer in Fine Arts at Melbourne where he worked until 1998. From 1998-2000 he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research, Australian National University. He then taught at the ANU School of Art until his appointment as Power Professor and Director of the Power Institute at the University of Sydney (2003). From 2007 he has been Professor of Art History in the Dept. of Art History and Film Studies at Sydney. His visiting fellowships include the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris) and the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, Mass.); he is a research associate of the United States Studies Centre at Sydney. In 2013 Prof Benjamin was awarded the prestigious 3-year Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award of the Australian Research Council.

Research interests

Prof. Benjamin's ARC Discovery project is: "Orientalism of the Mediterranean Shore: Art and Place from Tunis to Marseille". His research fields have included Matisse and the art of the Fauves; French Orientalist art and colonialism 1830-1930; contemporary Australian art, and contemporary Australian Indigenous art.

Teaching and supervision

Prof. Benjamin's undergraduate courses include: "Expand your Mind: American Art from Pollock to Psychedelia", "French Art: from Salon the Post-Impressionism", and "Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art". These courses continue to be taught be the Dept. until his return to teaching in 2016. Prof. Benjamin supervises Honours, Master's and PhD theses in the fields of Aboriginal Art, French Art, and Orientalist art.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2013

  • Orientalism of the Mediterranean Shore: Art and Place from Tunis to Marseille; Benjamin R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2010

  • Design and Art of Australia Online, a transformation of the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online; Johnson V, Johnson V, Benjamin R, Rhodes C, Callaway A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2007

  • Dictionary of Australian Artists online, DAAO: public release version; Moore C, Benjamin R, et a, Johnson V; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

2005

  • DAAO The Dictionary of Australian Artists Online; Johnson V, Mendelssohn J, Bennett J, Brauer F, Losche D, Wells A, Benjamin R, Moore C, Kleinert S, Burn M, Gay A, Butler R, Bond A, Ryan A, Schmocker S, Ellis E, Neville R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

Selected publications & creative works

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Books

  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism, and French North Africa, 1880-1930. USA: University of California Press.

Edited Books

  • Benjamin, R. (2006). Juan Davila. Carlton VIC: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir and Algeria. New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Benjamin, R. (2014). Colonial Panoramania. In Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy (Eds.), Empires of Vision: A Reader, (pp. 111). Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Le voyage en Orient: de L' Orientalisme Moderniste. In Soline Massot (Eds.), De Delacroix a Kandinsky: L'Orientalisme en Europe, (pp. 204-225). Brussels: Editions Hazan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Why did Matisse love late Renoir? In Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Eds.), Renoir in the 20th Century, (pp. 136-145). Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag.
  • Benjamin, R. (2006). The Mesh of Images. In Caroline Williamson (Eds.), Juan Davila, (pp. 26-37). Carlton VIC: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). Andalusia in the time of the Moors: regret and colonial presence in Paris, 1900. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 181-205). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). Landscape near Collioure. Study for "The Joy of Life". In Sven Bjerkhof (Eds.), Matisse Masterpieces at Statens Museum for Kunst, (pp. 25-44). Copenhagen (Denmark): Statens Museum for Kunst.
  • Benjamin, R. (2004). Orientalism, Modernism And Indigenous Identity. In Steve Edwards and Paul Wood (Eds.), Art of the Avant-Gardes, (pp. 85-107). New Haven and London: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Afterimages: Algerian echoes in Renoir's late work. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 109-117). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). From the studio to the street: Renoir's Algiers figure paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 81-108). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Introduction: The impressionist as Orientalist. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 3-15). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Odalisques and homages: Renoir's studio Orientalism, 1870-75. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 17-37). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir et L'Algerie. In Guegan (Eds.), de Delacroix a Renoir: LAlgerie des peintres, (pp. 208-211). Paris: Institut Du Monde Arabe/Editions Hazan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir in Algiers: the landscape paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 39-79). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir, un impressionniste en Algerie. In Guegan (Eds.), de Delacroix a Renoir: LAlgerie des peintres, (pp. 213-221). Paris: Institut Du Monde Arabe/Editions Hazan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2002). Colonial Tutelage to Nationalist Affirmation: Mammeri and Racim, Painters of the Maghreb. In Jill Beaulieu and Mary Roberts (Eds.), Orientalism's Interlocutors: Painting, Architecture, Photography, (pp. 43-78). Durham UK: Duke University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2001). Ingres chez les Fauves. In Adrian Rifkin and Susan Siegfried (Eds.), Fingering Ingres, (pp. 93-121). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

Journals

  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Colliding Landscapes: Dunhuang Cave Temples and the Tim Johnson System. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 12, 200-223.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Prague on the Sunshine Coast: the Peregian Roadhouse by Alex Jelinek. Fabrications, 21(2), 60-81.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Review of 'Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art'. Art and Australia, 49(4).

Conferences

  • Benjamin, R. (2006). The Port of Algiers: Topographies of Memory and Power. Uluslararasi Oryantalism Sempozyumu, Istanbul: I. Baski.

Original Creative Work

  • Benjamin, R. (2014). Like a Poem. Tim Johnson: The Luminescent Ground, (pp. 9 - 22). Birmingham, United Kingdom: Ikon.
  • Benjamin, R. (2013). unknown title. In: Imprint: Growing Up Planned. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Indigenous Identity, from Papunya to Proppa Now. Academic Exchanges between the University of Tsukuba and the University of Sydney, Tokyo, Japan: University of Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Tim Johnson, The Way Things Are. NEW2: Selected Recent Acquisitions 2009-2011, (pp. 88 - 89). St Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). Profits and Cultural Empowerment (1990). How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art. Writings on Aboriginal contemporary art, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia: Institute of Modern Art.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). The Fallacy of Aboriginal Modernism (1998). How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art. Writings on Aboriginal contemporary art, (pp. 227 - 228). Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia: Institute of Modern Art.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art, 1910-1937. Art Monthly Australia, 245, (pp. 12 - 14). Canberra, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Art and Soul in the Desert: review of Once Upon a Time in Papunya by Vivien Johnson. The Australian Literary Review, 6 October 2010, (pp. 9 - 10). Sydney, Australia: News Limited.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Collector's dossier: Tim Johnson. Australian Art Collector, issue number 52, Sydney, Australia: Gadfly Media Custom Publishing Service.
  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Catalogue - Passions: A Century of Modern Art from the Home of Justice Roddy Meagher. Passions: A Century of Modern Art from the Home of Justice Roddy Meagher, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Benjamin, R., Myers, F., Johnson, V., Kimber, R., Perkins, H. (2009). Icons of the desert: early aboriginal paintings from Papunya. (pp. 12 - 48). New York, United States of America: Cornell University.
  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Inner Landscapes. Painting Ideas, (pp. 28 - 43). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.
  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Preface. A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian Art and Architecture, (pp. 6 - 8). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.
  • Benjamin, R. (2008). The Henson defence. The Weekend Australian, 31 May 2008, (pp. 25 - 25). Sydney, Australia: News Limited.
  • Benjamin, R. (2007). Guggenheim on the Yarra. Australian Financial Review Magazine, 28/06/2007, (pp. 56 - 58). Afghanistan: John Fairfax Group.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). From Tomes to Terabytes: Confessions of an art historian in the age of visual culture. Art & Australia, (pp. 246 - 249). Paddington, Australia: Art and Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Benjamin, R. (2004). Crossing country: The alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art in Sydney. Art Monthly Australia No 176, (pp. 12 - 15). Canberra, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). "Gordon Bennett", "Angela Brennan", "Juan Davila", "Michael Nelson Jagamarra", "Tim Johnson", "Emily Kam Kngwarray", "Ross Moore", "Peter Tyndall", "HJ Wedge". See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, Melbourne, Australia: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Juan Davila: Panorama of Santiago, Chile, 1973-2003. Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, (pp. 20 - 23). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Radiant Cultures: Tim Johnson's Art. Synergies, (pp. 9 - 14). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery.
  • Benjamin, R. (2002). Schulim Krimper; Gordon Bennett. Canberra, Australia: National Gallery of Australia.

Curated / Produced Exhibition / Event

  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir and Algeria Exhibition. Williamstown, MA, USA, United States of America: Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute.

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Benjamin, R. (2005). "Prophets of the Desert", review of Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon, Papunya-A Place made after the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement.

Reference Works

  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Alex Jelinek. (pp. 365-366).
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). Alex Jelinek. In Phillip Goad and Julie Willis (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture. (pp. 365-366). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

2014

  • Benjamin, R. (2014). Colonial Panoramania. In Martin Jay and Sumathi Ramaswamy (Eds.), Empires of Vision: A Reader, (pp. 111). Durham and London: Duke University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2014). Like a Poem. Tim Johnson: The Luminescent Ground, (pp. 9 - 22). Birmingham, United Kingdom: Ikon.

2013

  • Benjamin, R. (2013). unknown title. In: Imprint: Growing Up Planned. Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia.

2012

  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Alex Jelinek. (pp. 365-366).
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Colliding Landscapes: Dunhuang Cave Temples and the Tim Johnson System. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 12, 200-223.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Indigenous Identity, from Papunya to Proppa Now. Academic Exchanges between the University of Tsukuba and the University of Sydney, Tokyo, Japan: University of Tsukuba, Japan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Prague on the Sunshine Coast: the Peregian Roadhouse by Alex Jelinek. Fabrications, 21(2), 60-81.
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Review of 'Tjukurrtjanu: Origins of Western Desert Art'. Art and Australia, 49(4).
  • Benjamin, R. (2012). Tim Johnson, The Way Things Are. NEW2: Selected Recent Acquisitions 2009-2011, (pp. 88 - 89). St Lucia, Queensland, Australia: University of Queensland Art Museum.

2011

  • Benjamin, R. (2011). Alex Jelinek. In Phillip Goad and Julie Willis (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture. (pp. 365-366). Melbourne, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). Profits and Cultural Empowerment (1990). How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art. Writings on Aboriginal contemporary art, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia: Institute of Modern Art.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). The Fallacy of Aboriginal Modernism (1998). How Aborigines invented the idea of contemporary art. Writings on Aboriginal contemporary art, (pp. 227 - 228). Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia: Institute of Modern Art.
  • Benjamin, R. (2011). The Mad Square: Modernity in German Art, 1910-1937. Art Monthly Australia, 245, (pp. 12 - 14). Canberra, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.

2010

  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Art and Soul in the Desert: review of Once Upon a Time in Papunya by Vivien Johnson. The Australian Literary Review, 6 October 2010, (pp. 9 - 10). Sydney, Australia: News Limited.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Collector's dossier: Tim Johnson. Australian Art Collector, issue number 52, Sydney, Australia: Gadfly Media Custom Publishing Service.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Le voyage en Orient: de L' Orientalisme Moderniste. In Soline Massot (Eds.), De Delacroix a Kandinsky: L'Orientalisme en Europe, (pp. 204-225). Brussels: Editions Hazan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2010). Why did Matisse love late Renoir? In Philadelphia Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Eds.), Renoir in the 20th Century, (pp. 136-145). Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag.

2009

  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Catalogue - Passions: A Century of Modern Art from the Home of Justice Roddy Meagher. Passions: A Century of Modern Art from the Home of Justice Roddy Meagher, Sydney, Australia: University of Sydney.
  • Benjamin, R., Myers, F., Johnson, V., Kimber, R., Perkins, H. (2009). Icons of the desert: early aboriginal paintings from Papunya. (pp. 12 - 48). New York, United States of America: Cornell University.
  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Inner Landscapes. Painting Ideas, (pp. 28 - 43). Brisbane, Australia: Queensland Art Gallery.
  • Benjamin, R. (2009). Preface. A Singular Voice: Essays on Australian Art and Architecture, (pp. 6 - 8). Sydney, Australia: Power Publications.

2008

  • Benjamin, R. (2008). The Henson defence. The Weekend Australian, 31 May 2008, (pp. 25 - 25). Sydney, Australia: News Limited.

2007

  • Benjamin, R. (2007). Guggenheim on the Yarra. Australian Financial Review Magazine, 28/06/2007, (pp. 56 - 58). Afghanistan: John Fairfax Group.

2006

  • Benjamin, R. (2006). Juan Davila. Carlton VIC: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2006). The Mesh of Images. In Caroline Williamson (Eds.), Juan Davila, (pp. 26-37). Carlton VIC: Miegunyah Press at Melbourne University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2006). The Port of Algiers: Topographies of Memory and Power. Uluslararasi Oryantalism Sempozyumu, Istanbul: I. Baski.

2005

  • Benjamin, R. (2005). "Prophets of the Desert", review of Geoffrey Bardon and James Bardon, Papunya-A Place made after the Story: The Beginnings of the Western Desert Painting Movement.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). Andalusia in the time of the Moors: regret and colonial presence in Paris, 1900. In Jocelyn Hackforth-Jones; Mary Roberts (Eds.), Edges of Empire: Orientalism and Visual Culture, (pp. 181-205). Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). From Tomes to Terabytes: Confessions of an art historian in the age of visual culture. Art & Australia, (pp. 246 - 249). Paddington, Australia: Art and Australia Pty Ltd.
  • Benjamin, R. (2005). Landscape near Collioure. Study for "The Joy of Life". In Sven Bjerkhof (Eds.), Matisse Masterpieces at Statens Museum for Kunst, (pp. 25-44). Copenhagen (Denmark): Statens Museum for Kunst.

2004

  • Benjamin, R. (2004). Crossing country: The alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art in Sydney. Art Monthly Australia No 176, (pp. 12 - 15). Canberra, Australia: Art Monthly Australia.
  • Benjamin, R. (2004). Orientalism, Modernism And Indigenous Identity. In Steve Edwards and Paul Wood (Eds.), Art of the Avant-Gardes, (pp. 85-107). New Haven and London: Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney.

2003

  • Benjamin, R. (2003). "Gordon Bennett", "Angela Brennan", "Juan Davila", "Michael Nelson Jagamarra", "Tim Johnson", "Emily Kam Kngwarray", "Ross Moore", "Peter Tyndall", "HJ Wedge". See Here Now: Vizard Foundation Art Collection of the 1990s, Melbourne, Australia: Thames & Hudson Ltd.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Afterimages: Algerian echoes in Renoir's late work. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 109-117). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). From the studio to the street: Renoir's Algiers figure paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 81-108). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Introduction: The impressionist as Orientalist. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 3-15). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Juan Davila: Panorama of Santiago, Chile, 1973-2003. Witnessing to Silence: Art and Human Rights, (pp. 20 - 23). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University (ANU).
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Odalisques and homages: Renoir's studio Orientalism, 1870-75. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 17-37). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism, and French North Africa, 1880-1930. USA: University of California Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Radiant Cultures: Tim Johnson's Art. Synergies, (pp. 9 - 14). Canberra, Australia: Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir and Algeria. New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir and Algeria Exhibition. Williamstown, MA, USA, United States of America: Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir et L'Algerie. In Guegan (Eds.), de Delacroix a Renoir: LAlgerie des peintres, (pp. 208-211). Paris: Institut Du Monde Arabe/Editions Hazan.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir in Algiers: the landscape paintings. In Roger Benjamin (Eds.), Renoir and Algeria, (pp. 39-79). New Haven, USA: Yale University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2003). Renoir, un impressionniste en Algerie. In Guegan (Eds.), de Delacroix a Renoir: LAlgerie des peintres, (pp. 213-221). Paris: Institut Du Monde Arabe/Editions Hazan.

2002

  • Benjamin, R. (2002). Colonial Tutelage to Nationalist Affirmation: Mammeri and Racim, Painters of the Maghreb. In Jill Beaulieu and Mary Roberts (Eds.), Orientalism's Interlocutors: Painting, Architecture, Photography, (pp. 43-78). Durham UK: Duke University Press.
  • Benjamin, R. (2002). Schulim Krimper; Gordon Bennett. Canberra, Australia: National Gallery of Australia.

2001

  • Benjamin, R. (2001). Ingres chez les Fauves. In Adrian Rifkin and Susan Siegfried (Eds.), Fingering Ingres, (pp. 93-121). United States: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.

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