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Dr Dominic Rahtz

Senior Lecturer History and Theory of Art, School of Fine Art

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Research Statement

Since Dr Rahtz’s doctoral dissertation, ‘The Rhetoric of Literalism: Readings in American Minimal Art, 1959-1966’ (2001), supervised by Fred Orton and Gail Day (both University of Leeds), Dominic has pursued research in the history and theory of 1960s and 1970s American and European Art, giving conference papers in the US, Belgium, Germany, and UK, and publishing articles and reviews in scholarly journals such as the Oxford Art Journal and Art History. His most recently published article is ‘Indifference of Material in the Work of Carl Andre and Robert Smithson’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 35, no. 1 (2012) and he is currently working on a monograph provisionally titled Literalism: Art in the 1960s. He is a convenor for the ‘Marxism in Culture’ seminar at the Institute of Historical Research,

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Esteem and Impact

Publications:
‘Carl Andre, Artisan’, Journal of Modern Craft, vol. 5, no. 2 (2012), pp. 165-77.
‘Indifference of Material in the Work of Carl Andre and Robert Smithson’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 35, no. 1 (2012), pp. 35-51.
‘Daniel Buren’s Theoretical Practice’, in Judith Rugg and Craig Martin (eds), Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture (Bristol and Chicago: Intellect, 2012).
‘Bees and Butterflies’, in London Fieldworks, Monarchy (Challock, Kent: Stour Valley Arts, 2011).
‘The Artist as Worker’ [book review], Art History, vol. 34, no. 1 (February 2011), pp. 218-20.
‘Figures of Interpretation’, Working Papers in Art and Design, vol. 5, 2009.
‘Liz Kotz, Words to be Looked At: Language in 1960s Art’ [book review], The Art Book, vol. 15, no. 3 (August, 2008), pp. 35-6

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Qualifications

PhD from Wimbledon School of Art/University of Surrey entitled ‘The Rhetoric of Literalism: Readings in American Minimal Art, 1959-1966’.
MA Social History of Art, University of Leeds, 1995.
BA (Hons) Fine Art, Wimbledon School of Art, 1990.

Research Interests

  • Contemporary art
  • History of art
  • Theory of art
  • Critical theory

Research Grants and Awards

2006 - Grant from the AHRB:
2006 - Research support grant from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Board of Trustees for Stour Valley Arts since October 2009.

Research Degree Expertise

Key themes

  • 1960s and 1970s American and European Art
  • English Modernism
  • Marxism and the social history of art
  • Relationships between art and politics
  • Critical Theory

Supervision

Dominic is currently supervising the doctoral students John Torday and Liana Psarologaki.

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