Gary Dufour

Gary Dufour


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

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Gary Dufour is a scholar and 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

Jeff Wall: Catalogue Raisonné 2005 – 2021 (New York: Gagosian, in association with Yale University Press, 2022.)

Howard Taylor Works from The Kerry Stokes Collection (Perth: Australian Capital Equity, 2022.)

Howard Taylor Journal: 1946-60 & 1978-2001 (forthcoming)

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

Roles and responsibilities

Assoc. Prof. Dufour led curatorial departments in Australia and Canada from 1983 to 2013. Career highlights include: Jeff Wall Catalogue Raisonne 2005-2021 Gagosian; Jeff Wall Photographs presented in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney (2012–13); Jeff Wall 1990 presented in Vancouver and Toronto (1990); Allan Sekula: Geography Lesson Canadian Notes (Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 1993); founding curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery Archive of Lawrence Weiner Posters; curatorial leader for the MOMA exhibition series in Perth (2011–13); 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 (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) and Max Pam (1986).

Assoc. Prof. Dufour has been responsible for exhibition, curatorial, registration, education, and conservation departments, acquisitions, and donor relationships. As curator of numerous exhibitions he also has experience in developing comprehensive collections of works by numerous artist listed in italics, as well as having 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 TaylorLawrence Weiner, and Erwin Wurm.

Assoc. Prof. Dufour's curatorial archives are held at the National Art Archive and Capon Research Library at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and at the Archives and Research Library, National Gallery of Australia.

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. Current projexts include editing Max Pam: A Memoir (forthcoming); and the transcription, annotation and editing of Howard Taylor's Journal 1946-2001 Art Gallery of Western Australia (forthcoming).

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 → …

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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