Dr Luke Skrebowski

Lecturer in Contemporary Art

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Luke read English at King’s College, Cambridge before studying art history, aesthetics and art theory at Middlesex University for his MA and PhD (Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy/History of Art and Design). He joined the department at Manchester in 2016 and before that was University Lecturer at the University of Cambridge (2010–15) and a Fellow of Churchill College. Luke’s research and teaching focus on the history and theory of late 20th and 21st century art in the UK, Europe, the USA and Brazil, specialising in postconceptual contemporary art and its historical genealogy. His other research interests include: art theory and philosophical aesthetics, critical theory and the history and theory of photography (with a focus on photoconceptualism). He is author (with John Jacob) of Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen (Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2018), co-editor of Aesthetics and Contemporary Art (Sternberg Press, 2011) and is completing a book entitled Contesting Conceptual Art: Aesthetics, Anti-Aesthetics, Politics. His articles have appeared in journals including Amodern, Art History, Art Margins, Grey Room, Manifesta Journal, Tate Papers and Third Text and he sits on the editorial board of the MIT journal Art Margins. Luke wrote catalogue essays for the Generali Foundation’s Amazing! Clever! Linguistic! An Adventure in Conceptual Art (2013) and the Tate’s Conceptual Art in Britain: 1964-79 (2016) and co-curated the exhibitions “Counter-Production” (2012) at the Generali Foundation and “Plastic Words” (2014-15) at Raven Row. His current research explores two areas: the exhaustion of Institutional Critique and the ecological turn (beyond nature) by contemporary artists; the relationship between postconceptual art and literature, particularly the novel.

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