Andrew Renton works as a writer and curator. He is interested in the different languages and registers that might be possible in response to the work of art. As a curator his recent concern has been with the ethical encounter with object, its physicality and context.
- 1981 – 1984 B.A. (Hons.), University of Nottingham
- 1985 – 1989 Ph.D., University of Reading
Andrew served as a visiting lecturer for the Creative Curating Programme at Goldsmiths from 1998 to 2003. In addition to working at Goldsmiths, Andrew lectures at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where he helped to establish a post-graduate programme in Fine Art. He is currently developing a Curational Programme to work alongisde the fine Art MFA.
In the past twenty years, he has served as a visiting lecturer for the universities of Leeds, Newcastle, and Reading in the UK and Toronto and Guelph in Canada, as well as St. Martin's School of Art, the Byam Shaw School of Art, Chelsea School of Art, and Camberwell School of Art. He has also lectured internationally at schools including SUNY Purchase in the USA, Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Maumaus Art School and Arco in Lisbon, and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Stockholm, among others.
He additionally served as the Slade Curator for the Slade School of Art for two years.
Andrew has been the curator of London's Cranford Collection since 1999. The Collection comprises works of art from younger to highly established artists, and engages with artists to commission and support projects. He founded Cleveland, London, a project space organizing more than 12 exhibitions a year, in 1996, and served as its director for two years.
He has served as a member of the Government Art Collection's Advisory Board since 2007 and a chair and trustee for the Jewish Book Council since 2005, where he is responsible for organising some sixty lectures over an eight-day period for the largest book festival of its kind. He has been a board member of The Showroom for ten years and on the selection committee for the Artist Pension Trust in London for twelve.
Andrew is on the advisory board for the Ellipse Founation, Ben Uri, London Jewish Museum of Art and the Drawing Room, where he has served for over ten years, and on the international advisory board for Maumaus Art School in Lisbon since 2006. He was a jury member for the 2007 Paul Hamlyn Awards, the Israel Museum's Adi Prize, and the 2005-2006 Turner Prize. He is a trustee of the Victoria Miro Educational Trust.
He has curated exhibitions for the Ellipse Foundation in Lisbon, Tramway in Glasgow, and the South London Gallery. He worked on Broswer exhibitions in Vancouver, which is believed to have been the second-largest collaboration of artists for a single exhibition, and London, where the project was replicated at the request of Tate Modern. He also served on the curational team for the first Manifesta exhibition in Rotterdam, which was developed as a new model for large-scale exhibition-making that could feature cultures generally excluded from similar international art events.
He has been invited to speak at conferences at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Hayward Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne, the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Bergotte's Vermeer and other Histories
Renton, Andrew. 2010. Bergotte's Vermeer and other Histories. In: Wouter Davidts, ed. Crack: Koen van den Broek. Amsterdam: Valiz, Amsterdam; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Lannoo, Tielt, pp. 62-71. ISBN 978 90 78088 41 7
Running Past a Richard Serra: Kathy Temin and Andrew Renton in Conversation
Renton, Andrew and Temin, Kathy. 2009. Running Past a Richard Serra: Kathy Temin and Andrew Renton in Conversation. In: Sue Cramer, ed. Kathy Temin. Melbourne, Australia: Heide Museum of Modern Art, pp. 73-79. ISBN 9781921330124
Painting Less Subject: Detached Indices and Red Herrings (for K.C.)
Renton, Andrew. 2008. Painting Less Subject: Detached Indices and Red Herrings (for K.C.). In: Ben Tufnell, ed. Keith Coventry: Vanishing Certainties. Painting and Sculpture 1992 - 2009. London: Haunch of Venison, pp. 32-33. ISBN 972-1-905620-37-1
Broken Surface: Belated Forms
Renton, Andrew and White, Laura. 2008. Broken Surface: Belated Forms. In: Laura White, ed. Laura White: the Stuff of Images. Manchester: Castlefield Gallery, unpaginated. ISBN 978-0-9559557-1-6
“‘…so begin always again and again’: Syntactical Spaces, Indebted Figures in the Work of Muntean/Rosenblum”
Renton, Andrew. 2008. “‘…so begin always again and again’: Syntactical Spaces, Indebted Figures in the Work of Muntean/Rosenblum”. In: , ed. Muntean/Rosenblum: Make Death Listen. Zurich: JRP Editions, pp. 92-93. ISBN 978-3905701982
Only you can make this world seem right
Renton, Andrew. 2007. Only you can make this world seem right. In: , ed. Jesper Just - Film Works: Film Works 2001-2007. Rotterdam: Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, pp. 82-99. ISBN 978-9073362734
Threshold and its Shadow (for YS)
Renton, Andrew. 2007. Threshold and its Shadow (for YS). In: , ed. Yehudit Sasportas. Der israelische Pavillon auf der Biennale Venedig. Israeli Pavilion 52nd Biennale Vezezia and Dumont, pp. 39-61. ISBN 978-3832177737
Another Memory of the Old Home
Renton, Andrew. 2007. Another Memory of the Old Home. In: , ed. Ângela Ferreira: Maison Tropicale. Lisbon: Institutos das Artes & Ministério da Cultura, pp. 60-77. ISBN 978-972-99322-8-1
I saw and know what I saw…: Linder as Witness
Renton, Andrew. 2006. I saw and know what I saw…: Linder as Witness. In: , ed. Linder: Works 1976-2006. Zurich: JRP Ringier, pp. 128-137. ISBN 3-905701-60-x
“Public and Private Collecting”
Renton, Andrew. 2006. “Public and Private Collecting”. In: , ed. Frieze Projects: Artists' Commissions and Talks: Artists Commissions and Talks 2003-2005. London: Frieze, pp. 137-145. ISBN 978-0955320101
“Space Girl and the Strange Case of Being in Two Places at the Same Time”
Renton, Andrew. 2006. “Space Girl and the Strange Case of Being in Two Places at the Same Time”. In: , ed. Sophie Von Hellermann: Judgement Day. London: Koenig Books, pp. 162-167. ISBN 978-3865600578
Complications of Absence: Ignasi Aballí and the Constrained Object
Renton, Andrew. 2005. Complications of Absence: Ignasi Aballí and the Constrained Object. In: , ed. 0-24 h. Barcelona: Museo De Arte Contemporáneo De Barcelona = Museu D'art Contemporani De Barcelona, pp. 117-130. ISBN 978-8489771147
Prescription Material: You are what you eat
Renton, Andrew. 2005. Prescription Material: You are what you eat. In: , ed. Marc Quinn: Chemical Life Support. London: White Cube, pp. 2-5. ISBN 978-0954650186
Mushrooms in the Rain: Gerard Hemsworth and the Deceptive Perspective
Renton, Andrew. 2005. Mushrooms in the Rain: Gerard Hemsworth and the Deceptive Perspective. In: , ed. Gerard Hemsworth, Mushrooms In The Rain (exhibition catalogue). São Paulo: Galeria Brito Cimino, pp. 4-6.
Walking through Wall: Catherine Yass’s Politics of Unseeing
Renton, Andrew. 2005. Walking through Wall: Catherine Yass’s Politics of Unseeing. In: , ed. Catherine Yass: Filmography. Fundacio Antoni Tapies, pp. 72-89. ISBN 978-8489152731
Don’t think you knew you were in this song: How Ziggy Sang Susan
Renton, Andrew. 2005. Don’t think you knew you were in this song: How Ziggy Sang Susan. In: , ed. SUSAN PHILIPSZ. Malmo Konsthall, pp. 46-65. ISBN 978-9177041061
“Ben Kodesh l’Kodesh” (“...Between what is holy and what is holy”)
Renton, Andrew. 2003. “Ben Kodesh l’Kodesh” (“...Between what is holy and what is holy”). In: Andrew Renton, ed. Borders of Sanctity in Art, Society and Jewish Thought. Jerusalem: Keter Publishing with Adi Foundation, pp. 146-149. ISBN 965-07-1172-4
“Conversation between Jonathan Callan, Edward Allington, and Andrew Renton, 4th November 2002, Deptford, London”
Renton, Andrew. 2003. “Conversation between Jonathan Callan, Edward Allington, and Andrew Renton, 4th November 2002, Deptford, London”. In: , ed. Jonathan Callan: Interference. Walsall: New Art Gallery Walsall, pp. 68-71. ISBN 978-0946652662
Andrew Renton and Sacha Craddock in Conversation
Renton, Andrew. 2002. Andrew Renton and Sacha Craddock in Conversation. In: , ed. The Producers: Contemporary Curators in Conversation. Gateshead and Newcastle: Baltic and University of Newcastle, pp. 9-46. ISBN 978-1903655139
“Aesthetics of the Seamless (Norman Bryson, Mark Gisbourne, Sharon Morris, Andrew Renton, Irit Rogoff)”
Renton, Andrew. 2002. “Aesthetics of the Seamless (Norman Bryson, Mark Gisbourne, Sharon Morris, Andrew Renton, Irit Rogoff)”. In: , ed. Concepts on the Move (Lier & Boog). Amsterdam and New York: Editions Rodopi B.V., pp. 81-92. ISBN 978-9042012691
“Disappearing, Dislodging and Logging Off in B.C.”
Renton, Andrew. 2002. “Disappearing, Dislodging and Logging Off in B.C.”. In: , ed. The Beachcombers. London: Drawing Room, pp. 11-16.
“Browser: a Second Visit to the Archive”
Renton, Andrew. 2002. “Browser: a Second Visit to the Archive”. In: , ed. Potential: Ongoing Archive. Amsterdam and Southampton: Artimo Foundation Breda, pp. 60-65. ISBN 978-9075380484
“Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Michael Landy” and “East Country Yard Show”
Renton, Andrew. 2002. “Ian Davenport, Gary Hume, Michael Landy” and “East Country Yard Show”. In: , ed. 100 Reviews: Backwards. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, pp. 40-48. ISBN 978-3883756493
Koen van den Broek: Curbs and Cracks
Renton, Andrew; van den Broek, Koen and Verhoeven, Thibaut. 2010. Koen van den Broek: Curbs and Cracks. In: "Curbs and Cracks", Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium, 28 January to 10 May 2010.
Art TLV 08: Open Plan Living
Renton, Andrew. 2008. Art TLV 08: Open Plan Living. In: "Art TLV: Open Plan Living", Helena Rubenstein Pavilion, Museum of Tel Aviv and others, Israel, 27 September 2008 - October 18 2008.