September - December 2012
Roger Benjamin (Clark Mellon Curatorial Fellow) is Professor of Art History at the University of Sydney. He has written widely on modern French art (Matisse in particular), the history of French Orientalist painting, and contemporary Aboriginal art. His Orientalist Aesthetics: Art, Colonialism and French North Africa, 1880-1930 (2003) received the Robert Motherwell Book Award. His exhibition Renoir and Algeria (2003) was organized for the Clark before travelling to Dallas and Paris. As Mellon/Clark Curatorial Fellow, he will work towards an exhibition on the Tunisian journey of Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter (1905) seen in the context of Mediterranean studies.