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Matthew J. Mason

Faculty, London

DPhil - University of Oxford
MA - Stanford University
BA (Hons) - The University of Western Australia
LLB - The University of Western Australia
DipModLang (Italian) - The University of Western Australia

Matthew J. Mason joined the Sotheby's Institute of Art from the University of Oxford, where his doctoral thesis examined the history of the 'independent curator', and this figure’s entanglement with political developments beginning in the late 1960s.

Prior to commencing his studies at Oxford, Matthew received a Master of Arts in Art History from Stanford University. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in the History of Art, and a Diploma in Modern Languages in Italian from the University of Western Australia.

He has developed and taught courses on modern and contemporary art, as well as curatorial and exhibition histories, and his writing has been published in ARTMargins and Senses of Cinema, as well as appearing in exhibition catalogues in Australia and the United States. He previously held positions at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

At present he is preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and is also at work on his next book project: a history of the Venice Biennale and its national pavilions.

Matthew J. Mason
  • Publications


    Peer Reviewed:

    Out of the Outback, Into the Art World: Dotting in Australian Aboriginal Art and the Navigation of Globalization.’ ARTMargins 11, no. 3 (2022): 67–88.

    Over-identification in The Castle: Recovering an Australian Classic’s Subversive Edge.’ Senses of Cinema 89 (December 2018), the-castle-recovering-an-australian-classics-subversive-edge/

    Catalogue Essays & Art Criticism:

    ‘“Why Red?” A Conversation with Boris Oicherman.’ Catalogue essay accompanying Site Unseen: 2017 Stanford MFA Thesis Exhibition, Master of Fine Arts Exhibition, 16 May–18 June 2017, Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, California, USA.

    Cultural Identity in the Works of Linda Cheok.’ Catalogue essay accompanying Patterns, Pride & Prejudice, 20–23 May 2015, Cullity Gallery, Perth, Australia.

    Beyond the Lens of Disability.’ In HERE&NOW13: Eleven Contemporary Western Australian Artists. Edited by Katherine Wilkinson and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 70–74. Perth: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, 2013.

    ‘Review of “Beyond Likeness: Contemporary Portraits”, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia, Perth.’ Eyeline: Contemporary Visual Arts 77 (Summer 2012/2013): 81.
  • Conferences/Lectures


    ‘Rehabilitating Populism: The Museo de la Solidaridad and the Chilean Way to Socialism,’ Association for Art History Annual Conference, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 12–14 April 2023.

    ‘The Artist’s Studio in the Age of Immaterial Labour,’ Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference: Art and its Directions, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 6–8 December 2017.