Vivien Gaston

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Vivien Gaston




active by 2004


Worked: Australia


Vivien Gaston, Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Melbourne, has published on subjects ranging from 16th century Italian art (Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes) and 19th century portraits (Art Journal, National Gallery of Victoria) to contemporary Australian art and design (Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art), with a focus on cultural formation and the history of ideas. Her reviews have appeared in Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Age. In 2014–17 she was Australia Research Council Senior Research Associate working on British and Australian portraits, 1700–1900, in the National Gallery of Victoria. She has given numerous invited guest lectures and interviews on radio and television and has curated several major exhibitions, notably The Naked Face: self-portraits, National Gallery of Victoria, 2010–11, Controversy: the Power of Art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2012, and the forthcoming Sublime Sea: rapture and reality, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, 2019–20, which traces the history of the sublime and its impact on human experience and perception of the sea. [Prints, printmaking and Philanthropy, 2019]