Aline Guillermet



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Junior Research Fellow


Art History and Theory


My broad research interest is in 20th century and contemporary European and American art, in particular figurative practices after modernism, theories of representation, history of photography, and the impact of technological reproduction and mediation on postwar and contemporary art.

My PhD (University of Essex, 2015) focused on the photo-paintings and overpainted photographs of the German painter Gerhard Richter. It argued that Richter's return to portraiture, history painting and the landscape genre via media and techniques which obscure realistic representation (experimental photography, painterly abstraction, overpainting) transformed the historical significance of these canonical genres.

My postdoctoral research aims to investigate the ways in which digital visual culture has impacted upon painterly practices since the 1980s. It suggests that contemporary painting offers a critical vantage point from which to reflect upon the changing status of representation and aesthetic experience in the digital age.

In 2012-13, I held a Helena Rubinstein Fellowship in Critical Studies at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. Prior to my PhD, I studied Philosophy at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, where I gained a Maîtrise (2003) and an MA (2006), and at Freie Universität Berlin (2002-2003) on an Erasmus scholarship.