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Ann Stephen

Senior Curator, University Art Collection
BA (Hons) MA (Hons) PhD QUT
Ann Stephen

Ann Stephen's curatorial career over four decades has been in public and university museums. She joined Sydney University Museums as the senior curator of the University Art Gallery in 2009, and has been responsible for the University Art Collection and developing the art exhibition and publication program.

As President, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (2011–14), Ann has been a mentor for early career academics as well as many colleagues in art history and art curatorship. She has an established national and international publishing record in modernism and conceptual art and in 2015 was invited to join the Scientific Committee of the European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies.

She has been awarded two ARC grants and many prizes for her academic work. She was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2009. Since 2014, she has been chair of Art Monthly Australasia.

  • Modernism
  • Australian art
  • Conceptual art
  • Contemporary art
2019
  • Bauhaus Now!, Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne
2015
  • Jack Redgate: Mirror Play, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney                     
  • Women in Power, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney
2014
  • Abstraction–Création: J.W. Power in Europe 1921–1938 (with A.D.S. Donaldson), National Library of Australia, Canberra and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
2013
  • ‘69: Retrieving the black box of Concept art, the University of Sydney with Queensland University of Technology and the Drill Hall, Australian National University
  • Atelier Power: The Power Studio, University Art Gallery, The University of Sydney
2012 
  • J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris, 1934, with A.D.S. Donaldson, University Art Gallery, National Library of Australia, Canberra and Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
  • Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion, with Luke Parker, Sydney Festival with University Art Gallery, Monash University Art Gallery and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide 
2010 
  • Kent State: Four Decades Later, with Luke Parker, University Art Gallery, Sydney
2009
  • Mirror Mirror then and now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane with University Art Gallery, Sydney and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide 
  • Consuming passions: The collection of Justice Roddy Meagher, University Art Gallery, Sydney
  • Cannibal tours, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 
2008
  • Modern times: The untold story of modernism in Australia, with Philip Goad and Andrew McNamara, Powerhouse Museum, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Queensland State Library, Brisbane
2002 
  • Shanghai Childhood, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2001 
  • Vision of a Republic: The work of Lucien Henry, Centenary of Federation exhibition, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
2018
  • ‘Robert Hunter: at the southern edge of the great iceberg of Minimalism’ in Space for the unknown: the art of Robert Hunter 1966-2014, National Gallery of Victoria
2016
  • ‘Grace Cossington Smith Black Mountain, 1931’, Georgia O’Keefe, Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Art Gallery of New South Wales
2014
  • ‘What was Euro Pop?’ From Pop to Popism, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2012 
  • J. W. Power: Abstraction-Création, Paris, 1934, with A.D.S. Donaldson, University Art Gallery 
  • ‘Ian Burn’, in Less is More: Minimal and Post-Minimal Art in Australia, Heide Museum of Modern Art
  • Narelle Jubelin: Vision in Motion, Sydney Festival with University Art Gallery, Monash University Art Gallery and Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide 
2010
  • Mirror mirror then and now, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • ‘I am torn between white walls and other places’, Peter Cripps: Towards an Elegant Solution, Australia Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne 
  • ‘Walking the Styx’, Raquel Ormella, Artspace, Sydney
2009
  • ‘Cannibal Tours’, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Bulleen
  • ‘Fernand Léger’ and ‘Jacky Redgate’, in Cubism and Australian Art, The Miegunyah Press
2008
  • ‘Eyes Open’, The University Art Museum Collection, The University of Queensland
2006
  • ‘Flos Mortis: Flowers of Death’, Michael Callaghan: A Survey 1967-06, Manly Art Gallery and Museum, Sydney
  • ‘Annotations: Narelle Jubelin’, 21st Century Modern, catalogue, Adelaide Biennale of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia 
2003
  • ‘The Conundrum of the Mirror Piece’, Fieldworks, National Gallery of Victoria 
2002
  • ‘Ian Burn’s Blue Variable’, Monash University Museum of Art Collection 
  • ‘Narelle Jubelin’s Old Love’, Monash University Museum of Art Collection
1997
  • ‘Kunstler denken’, On Dialogue: Zeitgenossische Australische Kunst, Berlin
2016
  • Jacky Redgate: Mirrors, with Robert Leonard, Power Publications, Sydney
2010
  • Into the Light: The Cultural Collections of the University of Sydney, with Michael Turner and Jude Philp, The Miegunyah Press
2006
  • On Looking at Looking: The art and politics of Ian Burn, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne
1988
  • The Necessity of Australian Art, with Ian Burn, Charles Merewether, Nigel Lendon, Power Publications, Sydney
1985
  • Badges of Labour Banners of Pride, with Andrew Reeves, Allen & Unwin, Sydney
2019
  • Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Design and Architecture, with Philip Goad, Andrew McNamara, Harriet Edquist, Isabel Wunsche, The Miegunyah Press and Power, Melbourne
2010
  • Into the Light: The Cultural Collections of The University of Sydney, with Michael Turner and Jude Philp, The Miegunyah Press
2008
  • Modern times: The untold story of modernism in Australia, with Philip Goad and Andrew McNamara, The Miegunyah Press and Powerhouse Publishing, Melbourne
2006
  • Modernism & Australia: Documents on Art, Design and Architecture 1917-1967, with Philip Goad and Andrew McNamara, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne
2001
  • Visions of a Republic: The work of Lucien Henry, Powerhouse Publishing, Sydney
2018
  • ‘Dear Tom … About Banners’, in Tom Nicholson: Lines towards Another, eds., Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes, Sternberg Press, Berlin
2017
  • A Cartography of Desires and Taboos: The Modern Primitive and the Antipodes’ Andrew McNamara and Ann Stephen, ed., Pam Meecham, Companion to Modern Art, Wiley, London
2016
  • ‘Bernard Smith as curator’, The Legacies of Bernard Smith: Essays in Australian Art, History and Cultural Politics, Power Publications, Sydney
2015
  • ‘The modern primitive and the Antipodes: the visual arts and Oceania’ with Andrew McNamara, The Modernist World, eds., Allana Lindgren and Stephen Rose, Victoria University, Canada: Routledge
2012
  • ‘Lucien Henry’, The Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, eds. Philip Goad and Julie Willis, Cambridge University Press
2011
  • ‘The story of the Sixties … a pile-up on the freeway of advanced art’, with Andrew McNamara, The Cambridge Companion to Australian Art, ed., Jaynie Anderson, Cambridge University Press 
2009
  • ‘Modernists and Black-fellows: Not just black and white’, Pacific Rim Modernisms, co-eds., Helen Sword and Steven Yao, Toronto: University of Toronto Press
2005
  • ‘Soft-Tape: Hard Talk: The early collaborations of Burn and Ramsden’, Conceptual Art, Theory, Myth and Practice ed. Michael Corris, Cambridge University Press 
2000
  • ‘Reclaiming Wailwan culture’, Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press
2018
  • ‘Richard Bell @ Venice: “We don’t really need this…” or do we?’ Third Text online
2017
  • “Distel-bild’ ZWITSCHER-MASCHINE, no. 4, 2017.
  • ‘The Oceanic Primitivism of Len Lye’s animation Tusalava, 1929’ Art History, Vol. 40
2016
  • ‘Portrait of the artist as an ex-war surgeon’, History of Education Review: ‘Universities, expertise and the First World War special issue
2008
  • ‘The local presence of Sol LeWitt’, Australian and NZ Journal of Art, Vol 8
2006
  • ‘Review: Modernism’, Australian and NZ Journal of Art, Vol. 7, No. 2
  • ‘Designing for the World of Tomorrow: Australia at the New York World’s Fair’, reCollections, National Museum of Australia Journal, Vol.1

Ann Stephen

Senior Curator, University Art Collection