Gary Dufour

Gary Dufour


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

    6009 Perth


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Gary Dufour is an art historian based in Mount Claremont, Australia. Assoc. Prof. Dufour served as chief curator and deputy director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia (1995–2013) and as senior curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery (1988–95). A research focus on the history of art in North America and specialist in contemporary and modern art Assoc. Prof. Dufour is approved to value international and Australian art by the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. 

Current projects

Howard Taylor Journal: 1946-60 & 1978-2001 (forthcoming Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2024.)

Near Documentary: Richard Ffarington in South West Australia1843–47 (Exhibition & Publication forthcoming, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, 2025.)

Community engagement

Approved to value for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Emeritus Director, SHEILA A Foundation for Women in Visual Art

Fellow, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation

Patron, Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation

Judging panelist: Bunbury Biennale, 2023; City of South Perth Art Awards, 2023.

Community lectures: Australian Museums and Galleries Assoc., Kerry Stokes Collection, 2022; Collie Art Gallery, 2022; Mundaring Art Centre, 2018.


Roles and responsibilities

Assoc. Prof. Dufour career highlights include, Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonne 2005-2021 (Gagosian in association with Yale University Press, 2022); Jeff Wall Photographs Perth, Melbourne and Sydney (2012–13); Jeff Wall 1990 Vancouver and Toronto (1990); Allan Sekula: Geography Lesson Canadian Notes (MIT Press, 1993); Foundation curator, Vancouver Art Gallery Archive of Lawrence Weiner Posters; inaugural Dr. K. David Edwards and Margery Edwards Charitable Trust curator-in-residence ISCP, New York (2007); Howard Taylor Phenomena (2003–07); Jochen Gerz: People Speak Vancouver, Newport Beach CA, Purchase NY and Winnipeg (1994-95); Canadian Commissioner, Biennale of Sydney, The Boundary Rider (1992); Dan Graham (1985) and Max Pam (1986).

As curator of numerous international exhibitions Adjunct Assoc. prof. Dufour has extensive experience in developing comprehensive collections of artists listed in italics, and commissioned new works with artists listed in roman: 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 Taylor, Lawrence Weiner, and Erwin Wurm.

Assoc. Prof. Dufour's curatorial archives are held at the National Art Archive and Capon Research Library, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and in the "Papers of Howard Taylor" at the Archives and Research Library, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Previous positions

Curatorial Advisor, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, UWA 2016-19

Board, University Cultural Collections, UWA 2013-19

Advisory Committee, Cruthers Collection of Women's Art Advisory, UWA 2013-19

Director, SHEILA A Foundation for Women in Visual Art 2017-18

Director, Cruthers Art Foundation 2013-18

Board, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Art, UWA 2002-16

Chief Curator | Deputy Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia 1995-2013

Board, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA 2001-10

Senior Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada 1988-95

Chief Curator, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK 1987-88

Curator of Prints and Drawings, Art Gallery of Western Australia 1983-87

Lecturer, Curatorship in Art Galleries, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC 1992

Assistant Professor, University of Regina, SK 1981-83

Lecturer, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, NS 1980

Founding Director, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Regina, SK 1976-77

Teaching overview

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


Gary Dufour is a leading authority on artists Jeff Wall, Guido Molinari, Lawence Weiner, Max Pam and Howard Taylor; a specialist in international modern and contemporary art, and Western Australian art.

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 Sept 19721 May 1976

Award Date: 1 May 1976

External positions

Approved Valuer, Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program

21 May 2016 → …

Industry keywords

  • Creative Arts

Research expertise keywords

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


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