History of Art Graduate Department of Art

Cheetham, Mark A. MA, PhD

Professor, Art theory, Modern, Contemporary, and Canadian Art (UT St. George)

Email: mark.cheetham@utoronto.ca | Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/MCHEETHAM/Mark_A._Cheetham/Welcome.html

My research centres on the imbrications of artwriting and art making in the modern and contemporary periods. I have written books and articles on abstract art, the reception of Immanuel Kant’s thinking in the visual arts and the discipline of art history, on art historical methodology, and on recent Canadian and international art. The historiography and methodology of art history and the field of Visual Culture Studies is an ongoing research interest, as is contemporary art in Canada and abroad, from both curatorial and academic perspectives.  Much of my current research examines ecological art and Geo-Aesthetics. My book Landscape into Eco Art: Articulations of Nature c. 1965-2015 is in progress. I was the Project Director of a 3-year SSHRC project called CACHET (Canadian Art Commons for History of Art Education & Training), 2013-16, which linked five institutions and 20 researchers. See www.ArtCan.ca. My exhibition Struck by Likening: Art World and Real World Analogies will open at the McMaster Museum of Art from September – December 2017.

My teaching focuses on European, American, and Canadian art, art theory, and visual culture from the mid 18th century to the present.


Areas of Academic Interest
  • Modern, Contemporary, and Canadian Art
  • Ph.D University College, University of London, 1982
Selected Publications
  •  Artwriting, Nation, and Cosmopolitanism in Britain: The “Englishness” of English Art Theory since the 18th Century. Ashgate: British Art: Global Contexts series. Feb. 2012.

  • Abstract Art Against Autonomy: Infection, Resistance, and Cure since the ’60s.    Cambridge UP, 2006.

  • Kant, Art, and Art History: Moments of Discipline. Cambridge UP, 2001. [Paperback ed., CUP, Feb. 2009; Chinese trans., Nanjing: Jiangsu Fine Arts Publishing House, 2010.]

  • Alex Colville: The Observer Observed. Toronto: ECW Press, 1994. (2nd ed., 1995).

  • La Mémoire Postmoderne: Essai sur l’art canadien postmoderne. Trans. Jean Papineau. Montréal: Liber, 1992. (This is a French ed. of Remembering Postmodernism, cited below. Recipient of the Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général, catégorie traduction, 1992)

  • The Rhetoric of Purity: Essentialist Theory and the Advent of Abstract Painting. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Cambridge New Art History and Criticism series, ed. Norman Bryson), 1991. Paperback editions: 1994, 2009.

  • Remembering Postmodernism: Trends in Recent Canadian Art. Oxford and Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1991. (Afterword  by Linda Hutcheon). Second, revised ed. OUP, 2012.

  • Editing the Image: Strategies in the Production and Reception of the Visual. Mark A. Cheetham, Elizabeth Legge, Catherine M. Soussloff, Co-editors. University of Toronto Press, 2008.

  • The Subjects of Art History: Historical Objects in Contemporary Perspective. Coeditor with Michael Ann Holly and Keith Moxey, Cambridge UP, 1998 (paperback 2008). (Korean translation, Seoul: Kyungsung University Press, 2007)

  • Theory Between the Disciplines: Authority Vision Politics. Coeditor with Martin Kreiswirth. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1990.

  • Conspiracies of Illusion: Projections of Time & Space in the work of Janice Gurney, Nestor Kruger, Yam Lau, Blinky Palermo and David Reed. McMaster Museum of Art, Sept. – Nov. 2012. Co-curated with A. Patton & C. Sprengler.

  • The ‘Floating’ Urbanities of Utamaro and Hogarth: Pictures for Women? A component of the exhibition Rising to the Occasion: The Long 18th Century. McMaster University Museum of Art, 23 Aug. 2011 – 7 Jan. 2012.

  • Jack Chambers: The Light From the Darkness / Silver Paintings and Film Work. Co-Curator. Museum London, Jan. 15 – April 3, 2011. Tour: McMichael Gallery, Kleinburg, October 8, 2011 through January 15, 2012. 88 pp. catalogue. Awarded “Exhibition of the Year” (a juried prize) by the Ontario Assoc. of Art Galleries, 2011.

  • Disturbing Abstraction: Christian Eckart. Guest curator, UWO ArtLab, exhibition Nov. 14 – Dec. 6/96. Tour: Art Gallery of North York, Toronto; Nickle Arts Museum, Calgary;
    MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina,  Art Gallery of Windsor; Edmonton Art Gallery, 1997-98. 60 pp. catalogue.

  • Memory Works: Postmodern Impulses in Canadian Art. London Regional Art & Historical Museums, Dec. 15/90 – Feb.3/91. (20 artists, 23 works, accompanying catalogue). Tour: 1991 (Mississauga Civic Centre Art Gallery, Toronto; Glenbow Museum, Calgary).

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