Professor Michael Newman

Staff details

Position Professor of Art Writing
Department Art
Email m.newman (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7671
Professor Michael Newman

Academic qualifications

  • 1996: PhD (with greatest distinction) in Philosophy. University of Leuven, Belgium. Thesis title: 'Traces of Memory and Forgetting: Heidegger, Levinas, Derrida.' Supervised by Prof. Rudolf Bernet, Husserl Archive, Institute of Philosophy.
  • 1992: DEA (Diplôme d'études approfondies). Awarded 'mention très bien' (= distinction), in History of Philosophy. University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne. Dissertation on 'La question de la mémoire et le primat de l'oubli chez Heidegger.' Supervised by Prof. Françoise Dastur.
  • 1988: MA (with distinction) in Continental Philosophy, University of Essex. Dissertation: 'Reading, Temporality and the Problem of Culture in Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals and Related Writings.' Supervised by Prof. J.M.Bernstein.
  • 1979: MA History of Art (Modern Period), University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art. Distinction for report on 'The Influence of Orozco and Native American Art on the Early Work of Jackson Pollock.' Supervised by Dr John Golding.
  • 1976: BA English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, Magdalen College.

Teaching

Michael began working at Goldsmiths in 2008 as Professor of Art Writing while simultaneously serving as a visiting tutor for Lesley University's MFA programme and a tenured associate professor at the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

He served as head of Art History and Theoretical Studies at the Slade School of Fine Art for four years (1994-1998). He has lectured for art programmes at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, UCL's Slade School of Fine Art, the University of Warwick's Art History department, and Canterbury School of Architecture. 

Outside of art, he has worked as a course tutor for the University of Essex's Philosophy Department, teaching the second and third-year course 'Philosophy and Psychopathology' on Freud and Lacan and 'Art, Reason and Modernity: Benjamin, Adorno and Marcuse'.

Areas of supervision

Michael has supervised the following Fine Art PhDs to completion:

  • Phoebe von Held, "Alienation and Theatricality in Diderot and Brecht," Fine Art by dissertation with supporting practice in theatre direction (University College London/Slade School of Art, 2001).
  • Uriel Orlow, "Time + Again: Critical Contradictions in Chris Marker's La Jetée," Fine Art by dissertation with supporting practice in visual art (The London Institute/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2002)
  • Maria Mencia, “From Visual Poetry to Digital Art: Image-Sound-Text, Convergent Media and the Development of New Media Languages (practice-based with supporting thesis, University of the Arts, London/Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2004)
  • Verina Gfader, "Doubling in a Practice of Animation" (practice-based with supporting thesis, University of the Arts, London/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2005)
  • Andrea Zimmerman, "Cliché as (embodied) memory: a social critique through cinema" (practice-based with supporting thesis, University of the Arts, London/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2006)
  • Mo Throp, "Trauma, Performativity, and Subjectivity in Art Practice" (practice-based with supporting thesis, University of the Arts, London/Chelsea College of Art and Design, 2007)
  • Susan Morris, "Technology, Mimicry, Automatism: An analysis of the effects of new technologies of communication, surveillance and image manipulation on recent art practice, considered in relation to theories of subjectivity and the Look" (practice-based with supporting thesis, University of the Arts, London/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2007)
  • David Campany, “Photography and Reproduction” (by thesis, University of the Arts, London/Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, 2009)
  • Livia Marin, “Rules of Engagement: Trope of Estrangement. A relation between art and the consumer object” (practice-based with supporting thesis, Goldsmiths College, Department of Art, 2012)

He has additionally served as a PhD examiner for the University of Sussex's Media Studies programme, the University of Central England's Institute for Art and Design, Goldsmiths College, Royal College of Art, Straffordshire University, and Warwick University, among others. Thesis included fine art, social studies, philosophy and fine art and humanities.

Professional projects

Michael has curated exhibitions at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto, Independent Curators Inc. in New York, the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh and ICA London, among others. 

He has organised conferences and symposia on topics that recently include 'Obsolescence and New Media'  to 'Re-Take: A Panel on Art and Appropriation’  for institutions like Tate Modern, ICA London, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the SAOC/DePaul Symposium in art and philosophy. His work co-organising the University of Essex's major international conference on Nietzsche led to the foundation of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society of Great Britain.

Michael has delivered Keynote lectures at the conference 'Making in Two Modes' at University College Cork and the Matrix 4 Conference at Central St. Martins. He has been invited to speak at conferences at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Architectural Association, Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery in London, and internationally at Universitat de Girona, Global Vernunft Foundation, Moderna Museet and Hôtel des Arts.

Publications

Book

Newman, Michael. 2019. Michael Newman - Selected Writings Vol. 1: Artists of the Still and Moving Image. London: Ridinghouse. ISBN 9781905464647

Newman, Michael. 2014. 'I know very well…but all the same': Essays on Artists of the Still and Moving Image. London: Ridinghouse. ISBN 978 1 905464 64 7

Newman, Michael and Price, Seth. 2010. Price, Seth. JRP Ringier. ISBN 978-3-03764-028-9

Newman, Michael. 2007. Jeff Wall: Works and Collected Writings. Ediciones Poligrafa. ISBN 9788434311312

Newman, Michael. 2007. Jeff Wall: Works and Writings. Barcelona: Ediciones Poligrafa. ISBN 978-8434311312

Newman, Michael. 2006. Richard Prince: Untitled (couple). Afterall Books, MIT Press. ISBN 1846380030

Newman, Michael. Hans Bellmer: Works and Writings. UNSPECIFIED.

Book Section

Newman, Michael. 2020. Decapitations: the portrait, the anti-portrait…and what comes after? In: Kirstie Imber and Fiona Johnstone, eds. Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait. London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts. ISBN 9781784534127

Newman, Michael. 2017. The Ball-Joint and the Anagram: Perversion and Jouissance in Hans Bellmer. In: Diana Caine and Colin Wright, eds. Perversion Now! London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 157-168. ISBN 978-3-319-47270-6

Newman, Michael. 2016. Florian Hecker: Chimerization and Form. In: Robin Mackay; Susanne Gaensheimer and Miguel Wandschneider, eds. Florian Hecker: Formulations. Porto and Frankfurt am Main: Culturgest and MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, pp. 59-90. ISBN 978-3-96098-055-1

Newman, Michael O. 2015. Difference, Rhythm, and the Gaze in Painting. In: Pawel Polit and Jaroslaw Suchan, eds. Władysław Strzemiński: Readability of Images. Lódź: Muzeum Sztuki, pp. 189-200. ISBN 978-83-63820-39-8

Newman, Michael. 2014. Reading the Future of Genealogy: Kant, Nietzsche, Plato. In: , ed. Nietzsche and Modern German Thought. London: Routledge, pp. 257-281. ISBN 978-0415755429

Newman, Michael; Lee, Pamela; Elkins, James; Hudson, Suzanne and Getsy, David. 2013. Seminar. In: , ed. New Games: Postmodernism After Contemporary Art. London: Routledge, pp. 217-244. ISBN 978-0415988803

Newman, Michael. 2012. Phenomenality and Materiality in Agnes Martin. In: Lynne Cooke and Karen Kelly, eds. Agnes Martin. New York: Yale University Press and Dia Foundation, pp. 199-227. ISBN 9780300151053

Comay, Rebecca and Newman, Michael. 2012. Ghostly Medium: James Coleman’s 'Charon'. In: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, ed. James Coleman. Madrid: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, pp. 35-52. ISBN 9788480264556

Newman, Michael. 2012. 'Body as Place: Antony Gormley Outside-In'. In: , ed. Antony Gormley: Model. London: White Cube: UNSPECIFIED.

Newman, Michael. 2011. 'Dara Birnbaum: Exploding the Image. In: , ed. Dara Birnbaum: The Dark Matter of Media Light. Munich, Berlin, London, New York: DelMonico Books/Prestel, pp. 51-80. ISBN 978-3791351247

Newman, Michael. 2010. Seth Price’s Operations in Price, Seth. In: K. Jentjens and A. Nathan-Dorn, eds. Seth Price. Zurich: JRP Ringier. ISBN 978-3-03764-028-9

Newman, Michael. 2009. Moving Image in the Gallery Since the 1990s. In: Stuart Comer, ed. Film and Video Art. London: Tate, pp. 86-121. ISBN 9781854376077

Newman, Michael. 2009. 'Suburban Hospitality'. In: , ed. Can I Come Over to Your House? The First Ten Years of The Suburban, The Suburban and Manawa. Oak Park, IL: WI: Poor Farm Press.

Newman, Michael. 2008. 'Absolute Nonsense'. In: , ed. Un coup de dés: Writing Turned Image: An Alphabet of Pensive Language. Vienna: Generali Foundation, pp. 220-223. ISBN 978-3865605436

Newman, Michael. 2008. 'What Makes It Hold Together: Jaki Irvine's Acknowledgments'. In: , ed. The Square Root of Minus One is Plus or Minus i: Jaki Irvine: Assembled Works 1993-2008. Milan: Charta; Sligo: Model Arts and Niland Gallery, pp. 69-147. ISBN 978-8881587025

Newman, Michael. 2007. The Specificity of Criticism and its Need for Philosophy. In: , ed. The State of Art Criticism. London: Routledge, pp. 29-60. ISBN 978-0415977876

Newman, Michael. 2005. Evident Hypotheses: Marco Poloni's Photographic Scripts for Short Films. In: , ed. Shadows Collide with People: Gianni Motti / Shahryar Nashat / Marco Poloni / Ingrid Wildi. Zurich: Edition Fink and Berne. ISBN 978-3906086798

Newman, Michael. 2004. Remembering and Repeating: Hanne Darboven's Work. In: Lynne Cooke; Karen Kelly and B. Funcke, eds. Robert Lehman Lectures on Contemporary Art Volume 2. Dia Center for the Arts, pp. 123-154. ISBN 0944521789

Newman, Michael. 2003. The Traces and Marks of Drawing. In: Catherine De Zegher, ed. The Stages of Drawing: Gesture and Act. Tate Publishing and The Drawing Centre, pp. 93-108. ISBN 1854374885

Newman, Michael. 2001. Photography, the Readymade and the Ends of Painting in Gerhard Richter's Photo-Paintings. In: , ed. La Part de l'Oeil, N° 17-18 : Peinture pratique théorique. La Part de l'Oeil. ISBN 978-2930174235

Newman, Michael. 2000. 'Sensibility, Language and the Trauma of the Other: Emmanuel Levinas from Phenomenology to the Immemorial.'. In: , ed. The Face of the Other and the Trace of God: Essays on the Philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas. New York: Fordham University Press, pp. 90-129. ISBN 978-0823219667

Newman, Michael. 1999. 'Form in the Age of the World Picture: A Reading of Panofsky's Perspective as "Symbolic Form",'. In: , ed. La Part de l'Oeil, N° 15-16 : Problème de la Kunstwissenschaft. Brussels: Holger Schmid. ISBN 978-2930174105

Newman, Michael. 1999. Joe Scanlan's Nesting Bookcases: Duchamp, Design and the Impossibility of Disappearing. In: , ed. Rewriting Conceptual Art. London: Reaktion Books.

Newman, Michael. 1996. 'Marking Time: Memory and Matter in the Work of Avis Newman'. In: , ed. Inside the Visible: Elliptical Traverse of Twentieth Century Art in, of and from the Feminine. Cambridge, Mass. & London: The MIT, pp. 271-279. ISBN 978-0262540810

Newman, Michael. 1996. 'Recovering Andre'. In: , ed. Carl Andre and the Sculptural Imagination Vol 2. Oxford: Museum of Modern Art,, pp. 6-10. ISBN 978-1901352009

Newman, Michael. 1996. The Trace of Trauma: Blindness, Memory and the Gaze in Derrida and Blanchot. In: , ed. Maurice Blanchot: The Demand of Writing. London: Routledge, pp. 153-173. ISBN 978-0415125963

Newman, Michael. 1992. La spécificité de la critique et la nécessité de la philosophie. In: , ed. La place du goût dans la production philosophique des concepts et leur destin critique. Archives de la critique dart, pp. 130-158. ISBN 978-2950629302

Newman, Michael. 1992. Suffering from Reminiscences. In: , ed. Postmodernism and the Re-reading of Modernity. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp. 84-114. ISBN 978-0719037450

Newman, Michael. 1991. From World to Earth: Richard Deacon and the End of Nature. In: , ed. Interpreting Contemporary Art. London: Reaktion, pp. 177-204. ISBN 978-0064302050

Newman, Michael. 1991. Mimesis and Abjection in Recent Photowork. In: , ed. Thinking Art: Beyond Traditional Aesthetics. London: ICA Documents, pp. 111-129. ISBN 978-0905263182

Newman, Michael. 1989. Revising Modernism, Representing Postmodernism. In: , ed. Postmodernism: Institute of Contemporary Arts Documents. London: Free Association Books, pp. 95-154. ISBN 978-1853430787

Newman, Michael. 1986. Vision as Metaphor: Towards a Fragmentary History. In: , ed. The Mirror And the Lamp. Edinburgh and London: The Fruitmarket Gallery and ICA, pp. 6-46.

Article

Newman, Michael. 2013. 'Drawing Time Tacita Dean's Narratives of Inscription'. Enclave Review, 7, pp. 5-9.

Newman, Michael. 2011. 'Dead Mirrors: relics and photographs in Georges Rodenbach’s Bruges-la-Morte'. Photographies, 4(1), pp. 27-43. ISSN 1754-0763

Newman, Michael. 2010. The Image Beside the Image and the Image Within the Image: Prolegomena to an Approach to the Collages of John Stezaker. Parallax, 16(2), pp. 79-86. ISSN 1353-4645

Newman, Michael. 2007. 'Towards the Reinvigoration of the 'Western Tableau': Some Notes on Jeff Wall and Duchamp'. Oxford Art Journal, 30(1), pp. 81-100. ISSN 0142-6540

Newman, Michael. 2003. Tacita Dean: Fictions du temps qui tourne. Les Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne, 86, pp. 5-21.

Newman, Michael. 2001. The Demotic Art of Gillian Wearing. Parachute(102), ISSN 0318-7020

Newman, Michael. 1999. Inspiration, Originality and the Passivity of the Subject: A Re-Reading of Genius in Kant's Third Critique. Issues in Contemporary Culture and Aesthetics(9),

Newman, Michael. 1998. 'Contingency and Rule in the Work of Pierre Bismuth,'. Cahiers of Witte de With, 7,

Newman, Michael. 1997. 'Three Ends of Art: Approaching Didier Vermeiren's Sculpture,'. Art and Design,

Newman, Michael. 1996. 'Conceptual Art from the 1960s to the 1990s: An Unfinished Project?'. Kunst & Museumjournaal, 7(1/2/3), pp. 95-104.

Newman, Michael. 1995. 'Beyond the Lost Object: From Sculpture to Film and Video'. Art Press(202),

Newman, Michael. 1995. 'Knowledge and Enchantment: Jeff Wall's Pictures.'. Flash Art(181),

Newman, Michael. 1994. Derrida and the Scene of Drawing. Research in Phenomenology, 24, pp. 218-234. ISSN 0085-5553

Newman, Michael. 1990. 'Review of The Problems of Modernity: Adorno and Benjamin, Edited by Andrew Benjamin.'. The British Journal of Aesthetics, 30(4), pp. 390-392. ISSN 1468-2842

Newman, Michael. 1988. Andrea Fisher (The Showroom, London). Flash Art(142),

Newman, Michael. 1988. 'Olivier Richon.'. Camera Austria(25),

Newman, Michael. 1986. Helen Chadwick: The Body as Emblem. Artscribe(60),

Newman, Michael. 1986. My House is Your House: Chambres D'amis at Ghent. Artscribe(60),

Newman, Michael. 1986. Stuart Brisley at the Third Eye Centre, Glasgow. Artscribe(60),

Newman, Michael. 1986. Mysteries and Mercenaries: The Venice Biennale 1986. Artscribe(59),

Newman, Michael. 1986. 'Fallen Haloes: The Hayward Annual.'. Artscribe(58),

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'James Coleman.'. Artforum,

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'Helen Chadwick, Mikey Cuddihy and Annette Messager.'. Art Monthly(85), ISSN 0142-6702

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'Amikam Toren.'. Art Monthly(91),

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'Edward Allington.'. Art Monthly(89),

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'From Inside the Whale: Richard Wilson.'. Artforum,

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'Phobias, Fragments, Recall: Annette Messager, Helen Chadwick and Mikey Cuddihy.'. C Magazine(6),

Newman, Michael. 1984. 'Nancy Spero.'. Art Monthly(79),

Newman, Michael. 1984. 'The Bankable Sculpture of Julian Opie.'. The Face(45),

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'The Ribbon Around the Bomb: Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti.'. Art in America, 71(4),

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'Georg Baselitz.'. Art Monthly(62),

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'Figuren en Objecten: Nieue Beeldhouwkunst in Groot-Britanie/ New Sculpture in Great Britain.'. Museum Journaal, 28(2),

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'Richard Prince and the Uncanny.'. Art Monthly(72),

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'Venice: Aperto 82 and Collazione Inglese.'. Art Monthly(59),

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti: Identity, Allegory and the Heart.'. Art Monthly(57),

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'Bill Woodrow.'. Art Monthly(53),

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'Man's Place: Four Works.'. Art and Artists(193),

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Rauschenberg Re-evaluated.'. Art Monthly(47),

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'The Guillotine, the Titanic and Ernesto Tatafiori.'. ZG(2),

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Londra: Vilmouth, Il Gioco.'. Domus,

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Orozco at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.'. Burlington Magazine(934),

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Drastic Classicism (Rhys Chatham/Karole Armitage Performance).'. ZG(3),

Newman, Michael. 1980. 'New York Exhibitions: Picasso at MOMA.'. Arts Review,

Newman, Michael. 1980. 'Two Travelling Exhibitions: Barnett Newman and Marsden Hartley.'. Arts Review,

Newman, Michael. 1979. 'The New East Wing of the National Gallery, Washington.'. Arts Review,

Newman, Michael. 1977. 'August Sander at the Talbot Rice Arts Centre, Edinburgh.'. Artscribe(8),

Exhibition Catalogue

Newman, Michael and Comay, Rebecca. 2012. Ghostly Medium: James Coleman’s Charon (MIT Project).

Newman, Michael. 2012. 'Models and Fragments: Ian Kiaer's Studio'.

Newman, Michael. 2011. 'Ingrid Calame: Body, Trace, Event'.

Newman, Michael. 2011. 'Joining Hilary Lloyd'.

Newman, Michael. 2010. 'The Other Face to Face: Fiona Tan’s The Changeling'.

Newman, Michael. 2007. 'Joëlle Tuerlinckx: At the Edge of the Visible'.

Newman, Michael. 2007. 'Of Shadows, Reflections and Traces: Vera Lutter's Vedute'.

Newman, Michael. 2006. 'Archive, Testimony, and Trace: Uriel Orlow's Housed Memory'.

Newman, Michael. 2005. 'A Fold in Time: Catherine Yass’s Descent'.

Newman, Michael. 2005. 'Joëlle Tuerlinckx's Filmwork: Time, Multiplicity, Fold'.

Newman, Michael and Millar, Jeremy. 2004. 'Interrupting the Pan: Marine Hugonnier’s Ariana'.

Newman, Michael. 2004. 'Giuseppe Penone: Sticking to the World—Drawing as Contact'.

Newman, Michael. 2003. 'Alfred Jensen's Diagrams'.

Newman, Michael. 2003. Salvage.

Newman, Michael. 2002. Cristina Iglesias.

Newman, Michael. 2002. Stuart Brisley.

Newman, Michael. 2001. 'Documentation and Memory: On Robert Smithson, Renée Green and Tacita Dean.".

Newman, Michael. 2001. 'Installation and Photography: Matthew Tickle's Idyll.'.

Newman, Michael. 2001. 'Medium and Event in the Work of Tacita Dean.'.

Newman, Michael. 2000. 'The Material Turn in the Art of Western Europe and North America in the 1960s.'.

Newman, Michael. 2000. 'Photography and Video in the Work of Erwin Wurm.'.

Newman, Michael. 1999. Contingency and Rule in the Work of Pierre Bismuth.

Newman, Michael. 1999. 'McQueen's Materialism.'.

Newman, Michael. 1999. Solid Light.

Newman, Michael. 1998. 'Flesh, Wounds and the Divided Body.'.

Newman, Michael. 1998. Horizonlessness.

Newman, Michael. 1997. 'Imants Tillers.

Newman, Michael. 1997. 'Some Notes on Nothing, and the Silence of Works of Art.'.

Newman, Michael. 1995. 'Memory and Matter.'.

Newman, Michael. 1995. 'Screen Memories: The Trauma of Time - Michael Newman on Douglas Gordon,'.

Newman, Michael. 1995. 'The True Appearance of Jeff Wall's Pictures.'.

Newman, Michael. 1993. 'Operation Atopia.'.

Newman, Michael. 1991. 'Now and Then.'.

Newman, Michael. 1989. 'Ernesto Tatafiori.'.

Newman, Michael. 1989. 'From the Fire to the Light: On Richard Wilson's Installations.'.

Newman, Michael. 1989. 'John Wilkins' Re-marks.'.

Newman, Michael. 1988. 'Immants Tillers: The Artist as Translator.'.

Newman, Michael. 1988. Pavel Büchler: Untitled Portraits.

Newman, Michael. 1988. 'Undecidable Objects.'.

Newman, Michael. 1987. 'Edward Allington: 'Gazing at Dislocated Fragments in Museums...''.

Newman, Michael. 1987. 'The Pathos of Absence: John Murphy's Inscriptions.'.

Newman, Michael. 1986. 'The Postmodern Labyrinth.'.

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'The Face of Things.'.

Newman, Michael. 1985. 'Allegories of the Subject.'.

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'Introduction to British Section.'.

Newman, Michael. 1982. Bill Woodrow.

Newman, Michael. 1982. Englische Plastik Heute/ British Sculpture Now.

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'From Concept to Symbol.'.

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'The Guillotine, the Titanic and Ernesto Tatafiori.'.

Newman, Michael. 1982. 'Leon Golub.'.

Newman, Michael. 1982. Objects and Figures.

Audio

Newman, Michael. 1983. 'Josef Beuys.'.

Conference or Workshop Item

Newman, Michael. 2017. 'Odradek and the rethinking of political method in the work of art'. In: 4th Biennial Conference of the International Walter Benjamin Society. Worcester College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 24-27 Sept 2017.

Edited Book

Newman, Michael and Elkins, James, eds. 2008. The State of Art Criticism. London and New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415977876

Newman, Michael and Bird, Jon, eds. 1999. Rewriting Conceptual Art. London: Reaktion Books.

Other

Newman, Michael. 2015. Stuart Brisley: Performing the Political Body and Eating Shit. The MAC, Belfast.

Newman, Michael. 2009. 'Marysia Lewandowska: Tender Museum.'. UNSPECIFIED.

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Jack Goldstein.'. ZG Magazine, London.

Newman, Michael. 1981. 'Stephen Willats.'. UNSPECIFIED.