Dr Ian Massey is an independent art historian, writer and curator based in the UK. This website serves as a forum for his writings on art, and activities as exhibition curator and public speaker. There are pages covering projects on individual named artists, a general Essays and Reviews section, and one covering Curatorial Projects. The Public Events section includes information on public lectures and gallery talks, whilst the Diary page is regularly updated with information on new projects and activities.
Ian Massey is author of the monograph biography Patrick Procktor: Art and Life (Unicorn Press, 2010), and co-author with Anthony Hepworth of Keith Vaughan: The Mature Oils (Sansom & Company, 2012). Both publications were authorised by the artists’ Estates and have been widely acclaimed, garnering international media coverage. Ian was awarded a PhD in 2013: his doctoral thesis is on the themes of art, biography and sexuality, with specific reference to his research on Procktor and Vaughan. His 2018 monograph on the abstract painter John Blackburn is published by Sansom & Co.
Publications for which Ian has written include The Art Newspaper, The Burlington Magazine, Elephant (online), Luncheon, PN Review, Printmaking Today, Sight and Sound, The World of Interiors, thisistomorrow (online), Varoom, and Visual Culture in Britain. His commissioning clients include the galleries Belgrave St Ives, Cadogan Contemporary, Cricket Fine Art, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, New Art Projects, Osborne Samuel, and The Redfern Gallery. He also writes on artists for https://artuk.org
Public talks and lectures have been delivered at Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal; Brighton Art Gallery; The Exchange, Penzance; Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea: Manchester City Library; The Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, London; The Royal Watercolour Society, London; The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh, and The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. Ian has also delivered a number of talks for the St Ives September Festival.
Exhibitions: Ian has curated exhibitions for Arts University Bournemouth; Bankley Gallery, Manchester; The Briggait Project Space, Glasgow; Huddersfield Art Gallery, and The Redfern Gallery, London.
Current projects: Ian is now completing a book about St Ives, which centres on the sculptor John Milne and his circle; it is due for publication in May 2022. A curatorial project for Manchester Art Gallery (originally planned to open in February 2021), is now postponed due to the impact of the pandemic.
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