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Gary Dufour teaches the history of art in America and is approved to value Australian and International art by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. A specialist in international modern and contemporary art prior to joining UWA  Assoc. Prof. Dufour was Chief Curator | Deputy Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia (1995–2013).

Current projects

Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonné 2005 – 2020 (Forthcoming New York: Gagosian, 2021)

Howard Taylor: Works in The Kerry Stokes Collection (Forthcoming Perth: Australian Capital Equity, 2019)

Community engagement

Emeritus Director, SHEILA A Foundation for Women in Visual Art 2018-2021.

Roles and responsibilities

Over thirty years of curatorial leadership in public art museums has provided Assoc. Prof. Dufour with a wide range of experience curating and delivering exhibition and collection initatives. Career highlights include: curator of Jeff Wall Photographs presented at the AGWA, NGV and MCA Australia (2012–13); MOMA exhibition series coordinator at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (2010–13); project coordinator Peggy Guggenheim: a Collection in Venice (2010) their first collection exhibition to tour internationally; Australian nominator (2008–13), Studio Program International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York; steering group leader Edge of Desire: Recent art in India (2004–07) a partnership with the Asia Society, New York which involved hosting a stakeholder’s forum in New Delhi to frame the exhibition concept, identifying and engaging the curator, and maintaining oversight of a 37 artist, seven venue touring exhibition in Australia, the USA, Mexico and India; inaugural Dr. K. David Edwards and Margery Edwards Charitable Trust curator-in-residence International Studio and Curatorial Program New York (2007); curator and project coordinator Howard Taylor Phenomena a ten-venue Australian touring exhibition (2003–07); juror H. W. & J. Hector Kunstpreis, Kunsthalle Mannheim (2003); founding Board member FotoFreo, Fremantle (1998); curator and MIT partnership coordinator Allan Sekula: Geography Lesson Canadian Notes (1993); curator Jochen Gerz: People Speak (1994–95), a retrospective presented in Vancouver, Newport Beach CA, Purchase NY and Winnipeg; Canadian Commissioner, The Biennale of Sydney, Boundary Rider (1992); founding curator of The Vancouver Art Gallery Archive of Lawrence Weiner Posters; curator Jeff Wall 1990 Vancouver and Toronto; curator Max Pam (1986) Perth; Dan Graham (1985) Perth; and Howard Taylor 1942-1984 (1985) Perth.
Assoc. Prof. Dufour has been responsible for exhibition, curatorial and conservation departments, acquisitions policy, and donor relations. As curator of numerous exhibitions he has experience in commissioning and realising new works with artists such as Christian Boltanski, Sara Diamond, Stan Douglas, Jochen Gerz, David Goldblatt, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Kim Sooja, Wolfgang Laib, Ken Lum, Nalini Malani, Chie Matsui, Sarah Morris, Bruce Nauman, Matthew Ngui, Marko Peljhan, Ulrich Rückriem, Allan Sekula, Nancy Spero, Jana Sterbak, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Lawrence Weiner, and Erwin Wurm, some for permanent installations, most for group and solo exhibitions.

Previous positions

Curatorial Advisor, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, UWA 2016 to 2019

Member, University Cultural Collections Board, UWA 2013 to 2019

Member, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art Advisory Committee, UWA 2013 to 2019

Director, SHEILA A Foundation for Women in Visual Art 2017 to 2018.

Director, Cruthers Art Foundation 2013 to 2018.

Chief Curator | Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia 1995 to 2013.

Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery 1988 to 1995.

Curator of Prints and Drawings, Art Gallery of Western Australia 1983 to 1987.

Lecturer, Curatorship in Art Galleries and Museums, University of Victoria, 1992.

Assistant Professor, University of Regina, 1981-1983.

Lecturer, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, 1980.

Teaching overview

Art History; Visual Culture and Art in America in the 20th and 21st centuries; Postgraduate supervision.


Gary Dufour received an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University in 1979. He publishes and lectures widely; is recognized as a leading authority on artists Jeff Wall, Guido Molinari, Lawence Weiner, and Howard Taylor; as well as being a specialist in modern and contemporary Western Australian art. His current research focus is the preparation of volume two of the Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonné 2005 – 2020. Previous projects include: William Kentridge The Refusal of Time at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2014); Jeff Wall Photographs at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2012-13); and Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond: The World Reimagined (2013); William Kentridge: Shadow Quartet (2011); Peggy Guggenheim: a Collection in Venice (2010).

Education/Academic qualification

Fine Art, MFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University

1 Jan 197815 Dec 1979

Fine Art, BFA (Distinction), University of Regina

1 Sep 19721 May 1976

External positions

Approved Valuer, Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

21 May 2016 → …


  • Creative Arts
  • Contemporary Art
  • Modernism
  • Photography
  • Australian Art
  • Art History
  • Art history and theory

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Research Output 2011 2019

GUIDO Molinari - Sans Titre - lot 15 & Structure Triangulaire - lot 23

Dufour, G., Apr 2019, 4 p. Vancouver : Heffel Fine Art.

Research output: Other contribution

Guido Molinari

Engaging with Publics: Conference Key Note address

Dufour, G., 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Key Note
Suzanne Lacy
Antony Gormley
Do-Ho Suh

Growing the Gift: The Cruthers Art Foundation

Dufour, G., 17 Sep 2017.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference presentation/ephemera

Art History
Australian Art

Howard Taylor - Planet - lot 11

Dufour, G., 2017, 1 p. Melbourne : Deutscher and Hackett.

Research output: Other contribution

Howard Taylor
Works of Art

Toba Khedoori: Tracing Time

Dufour, G., Apr 2017, In : Art Monthly Australia. April 2017, 297, p. 54-59 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Toba Khedoori