Richard Read

Read, Richard

Richard Read is Emeritus Professor and Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He wrote the first book on the British art critic Adrian Stokes and has published extensively on the relationship between literature and the visual arts, the history of art criticism, nineteenth and twentieth-century art, film, art theory and complex images in global contexts. His anthology of essays on Colonization, Wilderness and Other Spaces: Nineteenth-Century American and Australian Landscape Painting, co-edited with Kenneth Haltman, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in July 2020 and The Heritage of Molyneux’s Question in Landscape Painting and Aesthetic Thought is under contract with Cambridge University Press for publication in 2021. He has lectured extensively locally and internationally and last year held residencies at Yale, Rome and Skagaströnd, Iceland. He enjoys writing art criticism and is shortly launching a blog site. 

Read, R, ‘Trajective Art Criticism: Boats (Trains, Planes) and Home in the Era of Retreat from Democracy,’ in Art Criticism in the Age of Virtuality and Democracy, papers of the 2018 AICA International Congress Taiwan (Taipei: Showwee Information Co, Ltd, 2019), pp. 63-87 + 64 colour plates.

Read, R, ‘Art and politics: a critic’s perspective on Agnes Martin and Liberate Tate,’ in TransCultural Exchange's 2018 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons, ed. Mary Sherman and Ann Galligan (Delaware: Vernon Press, 2019), pp. 177-196

Read, R, ‘Opened eyes on Australian exhibition history,’ rev. of Australian Art Exhibitions: Opening our Eyes by Joanna Mendelssohn, Catherine De Lorenzo, Alison Inglis and Catherine Speck (Melbourne: Thames & Hudson, 2018), Journal of Art Historiography 20 (June 2019), pp. 1-16.


Introduction (Richard Read with Kenneth Haltman) and 'Perception, History, and Geology: The Heritage of Molyneux’s Question in Colonial Landscape Painting,' in Colonization, Wilderness and Other Spaces: c19 American and Australian Landscape Paintings, ed. Kenneth Haltman and Richard Read (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019)