Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator until recently Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW where he was responsible for collecting and displaying International contemporary art 1984 2013. He has curated and authored catalogues for many exhibitions including: The British Show that toured Australia and New Zealand in 1985. Two international Biennales one in Sydney 1992 one in UK 1999. He has curated many monographic and theme exhibitions at AGNSW and also curated historical exhibitions such as Body 1997 and Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary for the National Portrait Gallery London and AGNSW Sydney 2005-6. Monographic exhibitions included: Anselm Kiefer Aperiatur terra 2006-2007 at White Cube London and at AGNSW. Mike Parr: The Tilted Stage Hobart Tasmania 2008. Francis Bacon: five decades 2012 at AGNSW. The Ghost who talks an exhibition of Mike Parr’s recent performance videos shown at Venice 2015 and Val Wens Banyuwangi at Palazzo Mora Venice 2019 for ECC and Ken Unsworth Macquettes at Wollongong City Gallery 2019. Recent books: The idea of art published by New South Press Sydney 2015. A major book on Ken Unsworth published by ARTAND Foundation 2018. In 2019 he has published a substantial text on Jon Rose with Contemporary Music Review pub by Routledge.
He is now working on a future book on the return of the avant-garde after WWII based on interviews conducted with professional colleagues known to Bond since the early 1960s while referencing the avant garde tradition of inclusion and humour continuing the folk traditions of carnival as described by Mikhail Bahktin in Rabelais’ world.