Gary Dufour

Gary Dufour


  • The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Gary Dufour lectures on the history of art in America. A specialist in international contemporary and modern art he is approved to value international and Australian art by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. Until December 2013 Assoc. Prof. Dufour was Chief Curator | Deputy Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia prior to July 1995 he was Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery.

Current projects

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

Howard Taylor Works from The Kerry Stokes Collection (Perth: Australian Capital Equity, May 2021)

Community engagement

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

Fellow, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation from 1998.

Roles and responsibilities

Four decades of curatorial leadership in public art museums has provided Assoc. Prof. Dufour with a wide range of curatorial expertise. Career highlights include: curator of Jeff Wall Photographs presented in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, Australia (2012–13); curator of Jeff Wall 1990 presented in Vancouver and Toronto, Canada (1990); curator and author of Allan Sekula: Geography Lesson Canadian Notes (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1993); curator and founder of the Vancouver Art Gallery Archive of Lawrence Weiner Posters; curatorial leader for three MOMA exhibitions in Perth (2010–13); curator Peggy Guggenheim: A Collection in Venice, Perth (2010); Australian nominator International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York (2008-13); exhibition steering group leader Edge of Desire: Recent art in India (2004–07) a partnership with the Asia Society, New York for a 37 artist, seven venue exhibition presented in Australia, USA, Mexico and India; inaugural Dr. K. David Edwards and Margery Edwards Charitable Trust curator-in-residence ISCP, New York (2007); curator 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 Jochen Gerz: People Speak a retrospective presented in Vancouver, Newport Beach CA, Purchase NY and Winnipeg (1994-95); Canadian Commissioner, The Biennale of Sydney, Boundary Rider (1992); curator of survey exhibitons of Dan Graham (1985), Max Pam (1986), and Howard Taylor 1942-1984 (1985) presented in Perth.
Assoc. Prof. Dufour has been responsible for exhibition, curatorial, registration, education, and conservation departments, acquisitions, and donor relationships. As curator of numerous exhibitions he has experience in developing comprehensive collections (artists listed in italics) and commissioning new works with artists such as Christian Boltanski, Stan Douglas, Jochen Gerz, David Goldblatt, Leon Golub, Ann Hamilton, William Kentridge, Kim Sooja, Wolfgang Laib, Ken Lum, Nalini Malani, Chie Matsui, Sarah Morris, Bruce Nauman, Matthew Ngui, Max Pam, Marko Peljhan, Ulrich Rückriem, Allan Sekula, Nancy Spero, Jana Sterbak, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Howard TaylorLawrence Weiner, and Erwin Wurm.

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, 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.

Chief Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery 1987-1988.

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 and Honours supervision.


Gary Dufour received an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, Halifax, Canada. He publishes and lectures widely on contemporary international art; is recognized as a leading authority on artists Jeff Wall, Guido Molinari, Lawence Weiner, and Howard Taylor; and is a specialist in modern and contemporary Western Australian art. A current research focus is publication preparation for Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonné 2005 – 2020.

Education/Academic qualification

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

1 Jan 197815 Dec 1979

Award Date: 15 Dec 1979

Fine Art, BFA (Distinction), University of Regina

1 Sep 19721 May 1976

Award Date: 1 May 1976

External positions

Approved Valuer, Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

21 May 2016 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Contemporary Art
  • Modernism
  • Photography
  • Australian Art
  • Art History
  • Art history and theory
  • Canadian Art
  • Western Australian Art
  • Art Criticism

Industry keywords

  • Creative Arts


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