Michael Asbury

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

Member of PIPA Nominating Committee 2011, 2012 and 2016.

Michael Asbury is a British/Brazilian art historian, critic and curator. He is a Reader (Associate Professor) at the Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) at the University of the Arts London (UAL). His PhD, at the London Institute (now UAL), investigated the work of Hélio Oiticica and its relation to modernism and Brazilian popular cultures. As a curator he has worked with several institutions including Tate Modern, Camden Arts Centre and the Brazilian Embassy in London, Galeria André Milan, Galeria Nara Roesler in São Paulo and the Museu de Arte Contemporanea in Fortaleza. His exhibitions included artists such as: Angela Detanico & Rafael Lain, Anna Maria Maiolino, Antonio Manuel, Cao Guimarães, Cildo Meireles, José Oiticica Filho, José Patricio, Milton Machado, Rosangela Rennó, Shirley Paes Leme and Yinka Shonibare.
Michael has written extensively. His publications include: ‘Miguel Palma: State of the Art’ in: Carlos, I. (ed.) Miguel Palma, Caloste Gulbenkian, Lisbon; ‘Anna Maria Maiolino: Order and Subjectivity’ Pharos, 2009; ‘From Constructivism to Pop: Avant-Garde Practices in Brazil, Britain and North America between the 1950s and 1960s’, in: Anderson, J. (ed.) Crossing Cultures: Conflict, Migration and Convergence, The Miegunyah Press, 2009; ‘O Hélio não tinha Ginga’, in: Braga, P. (ed.) Fios Soltos do Experimental: a arte de Hélio Oiticica, Editora Perspectiva, São Paulo 2008; ‘This Other Eden: Hélio Oiticica and Subterranean London 1969’, in: Brett, G. & Figueiredo, L. (eds.) Oiticica in London, Tate Publishers, London 2007; ‘Ricardo Basbaum: ‘Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?’ in Documenta 12, Kassel, Tashen GmbH, Köln June 2007; ‘The Bienal de São Paulo: Between Nationalism and Internationalism’, in: Curtis, P. & Feeke, S. (eds.), Espaço Aberto/ Espaço Fechado: Sites for Sculpture in Modern Brazil, exhibition catalogue, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds 2006; ‘Neoconcretism and Minimalism: On Ferreira Gullar’s Theory of the Non-Object’, in: Mercer, K. (ed.) Cosmopolitan Modernisms, inIVA & MIT Press: London, Massachusetts 2005; ‘Marvellous Perversions’ in: Unbound: Installations by Seven Artists from Rio de Janeiro, exhibition catalogue, Parasol-Unit, London 2004.

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