Professor Andrew Renton

Andrew works as a writer and curator, interested in the languages that might be possible in response to the work of art.

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Professor Andrew Renton


Professor of Curating




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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 the object, its physicality and context. He has extensive experience and research in contemporary collecting practices.

Academic qualifications

  • 1981 – 1984 B.A. (Hons.), University of Nottingham 
  • 1985 – 1989 Ph.D., University of Reading


He took over running the Curating programme in 2003, and redesignated the programme into its current MFA format, as well as establishing a practice-based PhD in the field.

Prior to Goldsmiths he was Slade Curator at Slade School of Art, and has lectured widely internationally.

Professional projects

He has curated many shows internationally, including the first Manifesta in Rotterdam1996, Walter Benjamin's Briefcase, Porto 1994, Browser in Vancouver 1997 and London 1998, Total Object Complete with Missing Parts, Glasgow 2001, Stay Forever and Ever and Ever at South London Gallery, 2007, Come, Come, Come into my World at the Ellipse Foundation, Lisbon, 2007, Front of House at Parasol Unit, London 2008, and the first ArtTLV biennial in Tel Aviv, 2008.  He co-curated Koen van den Broek's retropective at SMAK, Ghent in 2010.

Until ecently he was the founding Director of Marlborough Contemporary Gallery in London where he curated some 30 exhibitions.  He wrote a weekly column for the Evening Standard on art matters, and is the author and editor of numerous articles, books and monographs on art.  He was a member of the jury for the 2006 Turner Prize, and is a board member and trustee of several arts organisations such as the Showroom and the Drawing Room.  He advises many collections, museums and institutions, and the British Government Art Collection.

Publications and research outputs


Renton, Andrew, ed. 2008. Front of House. London: Parasol unit: foundation for contemporary art. ISBN 978-0-9560247-0-1

Renton, Andrew and Rosenthal, Norman. 2004. Jason Martin. Charta. ISBN 8881584832

Renton, Andrew and Lapa, P.. 2003. Ângela Ferreira: Em Sítio Algum . No Place at All. Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea. ISBN 9727761895

Book Section

Renton, Andrew. 2019. hobbypopMUSEUM on Main Street. In: , ed. hoppypopMUSEUM: Saved Images. Berlin: DISTANZ Verlag/Dortmunder Kunstverein, pp. 11-20. ISBN 9783954762729

Renton, Andrew. 2017. “Forms of Practice: Curating in the Academy”. In: Jens Hoffmann, ed. The Exhibitionist: the First Six Years. New York: Artbook, pp. 275-281. ISBN 978-1-942884-12-5

Williams, Gilda; Kramer, Fritz W.; Falkenberg, Harald; Wiebel, Peter and Slyce, John. 2016. 'Werner Buttner's Paintings: From 'Werner' to 'Art' and Back Again. In: Andrew Renton, ed. Werner Buttner: Coincidence in Splendour. London: Black Dog, pp. 175-180. ISBN 978-1-910433-75-1


Renton, Andrew. 2019. Passages of Stillness: The Ethics of Landscape and Remembering in Shaun Gladwell’s 1000 Horses. di'van: a journal of accounts(6), pp. 62-87. ISSN 2207-1563


Renton, Andrew. 2015 Werner Büttner. Coincidence in Splendour: Paintings and My Looting Eye: Collages.

Phillips, Andrea; Renton, Andrew; Le Feuvre, Lisa and Schmitz, Edgar. Jan 2007 - Jan 2009 Curating Architecture.


Renton, Andrew and Roberts, Charlie. 2016. Charlie Roberts: Juicy. In: "Juicy", Marlborough Contemporary, United Kingdom, 24 Nov 2016 - 8 January 2017.

Renton, Andrew and Landau, Sigalit. 2016. Sigalit Landau: 'Salt Bride'. In: "Salt Bride", Marlborough Contemporary, United Kingdom, 26 July - 17 September 2016.

Renton, Andrew and Patterson, Grear. 2016. Grear Patterson: True Romance. In: "True Romance", Marlborough Contemporary, United Kingdom, 24 June - 23 July 2016.

Artist's Book

Renton, Andrew; Marleen, Inge and David, Powell. 2019. The Neighbourhood of Infinity.

Edited Book

Renton, Andrew and Wright, Philip, eds. 2015. Werner Büttner. Coincidence in Splendour: Paintings. London: Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 9781910433751

Renton, Andrew and Wright, Philip, eds. 2015. Werner Büttner. My Looting Eye: Collages. London: Back Dog Publishing. ISBN 9781910433836

Renton, Andrew, ed. 2015. Michael Bracewell, Jason Brooks: "Perpetual Orgy". London: Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 978-1-910433-55-3