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About

Grant Pooke undertook his MA in Art History at the University of St Andrews, an MPhil at Kent and a PhD at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and also of the Higher Education Academy. Grant has tutored for the Open University (including roles as an Authoring Consultant and as a Co-Curriculum Adviser/Art History for the Teach& Learn Project), the University of Kent?s School of Continuing Education, the Workers? Educational Association and for the Kent Institute of Art & Design (now UCCA). He holds a Postgraduate Journalism Diploma from the London School of Printing & Distributive Trades. Grant initiated the setting up of the University of Kent?s first dedicated, part-time, open-entry BA Honours degree programme in Art History.

Courses Convened and Tutored:

  • HA595 Visual Arts Writing
  • HA588 Dissertation Module
  • HA554 Contemporary Art: From Warhol to Whiteread
  • HA551 Russian Painting from the Academy to the Avant-Garde
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Publications

 

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Book
Pooke, G., Callow, J. and Powell, J. (2011). The Art of Revolution: Illustrated by the Collection of the Marx Memorial Library. Evans Mitchell Books.
Pooke, G. (2010). Contemporary British Art: An Introduction. [Online]. Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415389747/.
Pooke, G. and Whitham, G. (2010). Understand Contemporary Art: Teach Yourself. Hodder & Stoughton.
Pooke, G. (2008). Art History: The Basics. Routledge.
Pooke, G. (2007). Francis Klingender 1907-1955: A Marxist Art Historian Out of Time. London: Gill Vista Marx Press.
Pooke, G. (2003). Teach Yourself Art History. Hodder & Stoughton.
Edited book
Anand, A. and Pooke, G.F. eds. (2016). Narratives for Indian Modernity: The Aesthetic of Brij Mohan Anand. New Delhi, India: Harper Collins.
Pooke, G.F. and Newall, D.M. eds. (2012). Fifty Key Texts in Art History. Routledge.
Pooke, G.F. ed. (2008). Appreciating Art: An Expert Companion. Penguin Viking.
Book section
Pooke, G. (2016). Calls to Order: Modernity, Contemporaneity and the Cold War Aesthetic of BM Anand. in: Anand, A. and Pooke, G. F. eds. Narratives for Indian Modernity: The Aesthetic of Brij Mohan Anand. New Delhi, India: Harper Collins, pp. 91-160.
Pooke, G. (2006). The Anal Sadistic Universe of Gilbert & George. in: Sculpture & Psychoanalysis. Ashgate Press in association with the Henry Moore Foundation, pp. 139-160.
Article
Pooke, G. (2007). Francis D. Klingender, 'Exodus and Exile'. Socialist History 30: 1956 and the New Left:22-42.
Pooke, G. (2003). Marxism, Art & Engagement: Francis Klingender. Bulletin of the Marx Memorial Library:19-26.
Pooke, G. (1994). Larionov,mikhail and the russian avant-garde - parton,a. Art History 17:685-686.
Internet publication
Pooke, G. (2011). Sade, Entropy and the Neo-Baroque: Self Becoming in the Aesthetic of Michaȅl Aerts [Text]. Available at: http://www.deweergallery.be/.
Other
Pooke, G. (2008). Art, Abjection and the Sadian Imaginary: Installations and Sculptures by Kamilla Sztyber.
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2004). Contemporary Art Practice. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/tl/1000014459 .
Pooke, G. (2003). Museology. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/sk/1000005545 .
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2003). Why Teach Art and Design? [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/tl/1000014415 .
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2003). Engaging Students. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/sk/1000005570 .
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2003). Cross Curricular Issues. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/sk/1000014426 .
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2003). Looking at Paintings. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/sk/1000005530 .
Pooke, G. and Newall, D. (2003). Art in Context. [Online]. Available at: http://www.teachandlearn.open.ac.uk/secondary/art/sk/1000005535 .
Total publications in KAR: 23 [See all in KAR]

 

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Teaching

Grant has teaching and research interests across contemporary art and visual arts related journalism and criticism; developing teaching approaches to the subject and the art histories and art historiography of the Cold War period.  In relation to contemporary British art, he is interested in what might be broadly termed a ‘post-conceptual’ generation ? artists who have variously developed their practice since the later 1980s and 1990s, and how such work has been inflected by the legacy of Modernism and the neo-avant garde ideas of the 1950s and 1960s. Grant has ongoing teaching and research interests in extending art history to wider discipline communities, audiences and learning contexts.

Teaching & Student Support Awards:

  • Barbara Morris Award for Excellence in Learning Support (team award) (2004)
  • Shortlisted for the Isaac & Tamara Deutscher Memorial Award for the biography of Francis Klingender (2008/9)
  • Co-recipient of the Faculty of Humanities Prize for Teaching Excellence in respect of Art History: The Basics (2009)
  • Co-recipient of a HEFCE Challenge Fund Award to develop online learning professional development software  (2009)
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Research

Grant has teaching and research interests across contemporary art and visual arts related journalism and criticism; developing teaching approaches to the subject and the art histories and art historiography of the Cold War period.  In relation to contemporary British art, he is interested in what might be broadly termed a ‘post-conceptual’ generation ? artists who have variously developed their practice since the later 1980s and 1990s, and how such work has been inflected by the legacy of Modernism and the neo-avant garde ideas of the 1950s and 1960s. Grant has ongoing teaching and research interests in extending art history to wider discipline communities, audiences and learning contexts. These interests have been explored and developed in a range of publications including Contemporary British Art (2010), Understand Contemporary Art (2010) and Art History:The Basics (2008).

The period of the Cold War, which culminated in the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has defined modern European and International consciousness. It has also witnessed the making of a distinctive range of visual art and art history which has mediated both the ruptures and continuities of this period. Aspects of this legacy were explored in the recent international conference ‘Art Histories, Cultural Studies and the Cold War’, September 25th 2010 at the IGRS, London,  co-convened by Drs Thomas and Pooke.  A follow up strand will be held at the forthcoming 2011 AAH Conference strand in Warwick. A recently awarded Leverhulme Project Award supported archive-based research work on over 475 Soviet era, Comintern and Cold War posters at the Marx Library. This has provided a further opportunity to develop research into the artistic iconography, art history and the cultural politics of the period. An archive catalogue supported by the GMB Trades Union is forthcoming.

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Supervision

Grant is interested in supervising research projects in areas of contemporary British art practice (UK and international), Cold War Cultures, Biography and Marxist Art Historiography and projects which seek to extend the communication of art history as an academic discipline to wider audiences. Even if you are unsure if your proposed area of interest may fit with the above, by all means get in touch. I will do my best to point you in the direction of academic colleagues who may be able to assist, even if I cannot!

Present supervised thesis titles include:
The Aesthetics of Borders: Statelessness, Mobility and Contemporary Visual Practice
A Critical Biography of Peter Fuller
Materiality and Process in Recent British Painting
Re-imaging the Family: Voyeurism in Neo-Expressionist ‘Family Portraits’ by Applebroog, Clemente, Colescott, Fetting and Fischl

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