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Richard Read

Emeritus Professor, BA Camb., MA PhD R'dg

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

    6009 Perth


1993 …2019
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Richard Read is Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He wrote the first book on British art critic Adrian Stokes, which won a national book prize, and has published on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, Giotto, Rembrandt, the British Grand Tour of Italy over three centuries, nineteenth and twentieth-century art critical theory, and complex images in global contexts. His latest publications include a chapter on the relations of contemporary art and politics, a new mode of ‘trajective’ art criticism and the rise of popularism, and a long review on Australian exhibition history.

His book project on The Reversed Painting in Western Art was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant. His anthology of essays, Colonization and Wilderness: Nineteenth-century American and Australian Landscape Paintings coedited with Professor Kenneth Haltman (University of Oklahoma) will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019 and his research for a book on Sensory Perception, History and Ecology: the Aftermath of Molyneux’s Problem in Nineteenth Century Landscape Painting and Cultural Thought will be pursued at a residency at Yale Centre for British Art in 2019 and is contracted for publication with Cambridge University Press. He has been a visiting scholar at several American and British universities and is a prolific lecturer both locally and internationally. He welcomes well-qualified PhD candidates with interests in his fields of expertise.


  • Art history and theory
  • Relations between literature and visual arts
  • History of art criticism
  • Adrian Stokes
  • Complex images in global contexts
  • Art and literature of Grand Tour
  • Cubism
  • Theories of perception
  • Museum studies
  • Reversed canvas
  • Landscape painting
  • Film studies (genre; policy; praxis)

Research Output 1993 2019

Art and politics: a critic’s perspective on Agnes Martin and Liberate Tate

Read, R., 2019, TransCultural Exchange's 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons. Sherman, M. (ed.). Delaware: Vernon Press, p. 177-196 20 p. (Series in art).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Agnes Martin
Art and Politics

Boosting the Emotional Power of New Liturgy: The Hidden Sides of Things in Giotto's Crib at Greccio

Read, R., 2018, Performing Emotions in Early Europe. Maddern, P., McEwan, J. & Scott, A. M. (eds.). Brepols Publishers, p. 201-220 20 p. (Early European Research; vol. 11).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter


Trajective Art Criticism: Boats (Trains, Planes) and Home in the Era of Retreat from Democracy

Read, R., 2018, Art Criticism in the Age of Virtuality and Democracy : Papers of the 2018 AICA International Congress Taiwan . Taipei: Showwee Information Co, Ltd, Taipei, Taiwan, p. 61-85 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperConference paper

Art Criticism
Human History
American Landscape
Art Gallery of Western Australia

Projects 2004 2010