Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

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Mark Westgarth

Lecturer, Art History & Museum Studies

0113 343 9430

Old Mining Building, Room 1.07

Office hours: Semester 1: Thursdays 1.00pm-2.00pm and by appointment.

BA Leeds, PGCHE Salford, MA Leeds, PhD Southampton

History and theory of museums and the history of the art market and histories of collecting, especially in relation to the agency of the dealer in the 19th century.

Biography

After studying BA History of Fine & Decorative Art and MA Country House Studies at University of Leeds, I completed my PhD research, investigating the Emergence of the Antique and Curiosity Dealer in the first half of the nineteenth century, at the University of Southampton.  I was formerly Lecturer in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Salford, where I was Programme Director for the MA Museum & Heritage Studies, before taking up my current appointment at the University of Leeds.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the history and theory of museums and the history of the art market and histories of collecting, especially in relation to the agency of the antique and curiosity dealer in the 19th and 20th centuries. My research has mapped the emergence of the antique and curiosity dealer during the opening decades of the 19th century, a project that placed the functions and practices of the dealer against a broader cultural framework, incorporating the commodification of historical objects and the emergence of a distinctive historical consciousness in the period.

I am particularly interested in exploring the relationships between a discourse (art history) and elements of its formation (the art market); for example, I am working at present on the relationships between the market for ‘antique furniture’ and evolving discourse of furniture history in the 19th and 20th centuries and an investigation into the cultural biography of the art and antique dealer.

In relation to museums, I am interested in philosophies of history and the meaning of ‘heritage’, and in particular the relationships between contemporary heritage practices and their roles in the construction of the meanings of the past. I am also working on a number of projects in relation to museum studies that address the interface between theory and practice and how this dialectic can be negotiated in the contemporary museum.

Teaching

My current teaching at both UG and PG levels encompasses the history and theory of museums, galleries and heritage and the histories of the art market.

Modules Taught:

Undergraduate – ARTF2069 The Art Market: moments, methodologies and meanings; ARTF2121 Leeds Collections in Context; ARTF3069 Art & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets.

Postgraduate – ARTF5255 History & The Museum: representation, narrative and memory; ARTF5670 Museum, Object, Practice

Responsibilities

Programme Director, BA History of Art with Museum Studies

Director of Impact and Innovation

Faculty Peer Review College (Impact)

Library Representative

VLE ‘Champion’

Publications

Books

  • Westgarth MW; Levy M (2014) The 'Waste Book' of John Coleman Isaac (1803-1886), Curiosity Dealer. [In preparation]

  • Westgarth M; van Damme I; Lyna D (eds.) (2013) The Consumption of the Past. [In preparation]

  • Westgarth MW (2013) Dealers and Collectors: the Market for Decorative Art 1815-1945. [In preparation]

  • Westgarth MW (2012) The emergence of the antique and curiosity dealer 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects. Ashgate. [Submitted]

  • Westgarth MW (2009) A Biographical Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers. 2009. Regional Furniture. Glasgow: Regional Furniture Society.

  • Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL The Elephant in the Room: the art market in art history. TBC: TBC. [In preparation]

Journal Articles

  • Westgarth MW (2011) “Early Georgian Furniture (Bowett) book review”, The Antiquaries Journal.

  • Westgarth MW (2010) “A New Art from Emerging Markets (Robertson) book review”, Cassone. 2.2

  • Westgarth MW (2010) “Art for Sale (Boll) book review”, Cassone. 2.2

  • Westgarth MW (2009) “The Art Market and its Histories”, The Art Book. 16.1

  • Westgarth MW (2009) “Art, Price, Value (F. Nori) book review”, The Art Book. volume 16.1

  • Westgarth MW (2009) “The Price of Everything (Braathen) book review”, The Art Book. volume 16.1

  • Westgarth MW; Levy M “The Waste Book of John Coleman Isaac (1803-1887)”, Furniture History. [In preparation]

Chapters

  • Westgarth MW (2011) “Florid Looking Speculators in Art and Virtue: the London Picture Trade, c1850”, In: Helmreich A; Fletcher P (eds.) The Birth of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939. MUP.

  • Westgarth MW “Art Markets and Art Histories”, In: Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL (eds.) The Elephant in the Room: the art market in Art History. Manchester: MUP. [In preparation]

  • Westgarth MW “Decorative Art -an etymology”, In: Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL (eds.) Dealers and Collectors: the market for decorative art 1815-1945. [In preparation]

Conferences

  • Westgarth MW; Harrison Moore AL Museums and the Market. Museums and the Market Proceedings: TBC

Research Projects & Grants

AHRC (Early Career) – ‘Antique Dealers’: the British Antique Trade in the 20th century, a cultural geography’ (£238,000) (2013-2016)

The Period Room (2014) (CCIE/HEIF funded project & Paul Mellon Foundation for the Study of British Art funded project)

Museum Studies Now? (2013) (CCIE/HEIF funded project)

Hunlset & Holbeck Heritage Project (2012) (HEIF funded project)

Performing the Past: exploring the heritage of working-class communities in Yorkshire (White Rose, 2012-13)

Digitalis: using digital technologies to enhance and embed creative reflection (2010-2012)

Transforming Skills: CPD for Museum Volunteers (2009-2010)

Research Centres & Groups

Deputy Director, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

Advisory Board Member, Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

External Appointments

External Review Panel Member, Quinquennial Review, BA/MA Art History/Heritage Programmes University of Buckingham (2013)

Advisory Board Member, The Burlington Magazine Online Database projects (2013-2016) The Burlington Magazine Index http://index.burlington.org.uk/

Trustee Leeds Art Fund (2014-

External Examiner, MA Decorative Art and Historic Interiors, University of Buckingham (2014-

External Examiner, BA Art History and Heritage Studies, University of Buckingham (2014-

External Examiner, MA Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Newcastle (2009-2012)

Board Member and Newsletter Editor, The Museums and Galleries History Group (MGHG) (2008-

Visiting Speaker, IESA/Wallace Collection, MA History and Business of Art and Collecting (2012-

Visiting Speaker, Christie’s Education, Art & Business (2010-

 

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

The History of the Art Market, especially, but not exclusively, in the 19th and 20th centuries The History of Museums and Galleries in the 19th and 20th centuries The History of Collecting, especially, but not exclusively, in the 19th and 20th centuries Furniture History Current theory and practice in museums, galleries and heritage

Current PGRs

Ebony Andrews: ‘Transforming Nature: changes in the presentation and display of taxidermy in contemporary British museums’, submission date 2013

Annalea Tunesi: ‘Stefano Bardini (1836-1922): Heritage, Scenography, Museology, Market, 1865-1922’, submission date 2013

Ana Baeza ‘Sir Philip Hendy, curator and scholar in Leeds and London, 1936-1967′, CDA with the National Gallery, submission date 2017.

Shir Kovachi: Heirless Jewish Property: cultural property and the formation of Israel 1945-1965

Rebecca Wade: ‘Pedagogic Objects: the formation, circulation and exhibition of teaching collections in British Art and Education 1837-1857′, submitted and passed November 2013

Postdoctoral:

Dr Jan Baetens, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Leuven – January-May 2012.

PhD Thesis

The Emergence of the Antique & Curiosity Dealer 1815-1850: the commodification of historical objects

Links

http://www.antiquedealers.leeds.ac.uk

http://museumstudiesleeds.blogspot.co.uk/

http://periodrooms.wordpress.com/

http://museumstudiesnow.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/MuseumsNow

http://heritageleeds.wordpress.com/

 

 

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