History of Art and Architecture

Richard Hylton

Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow


Richard Hylton was born in London, England.  In 2018, he was awarded a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, for his thesis ‘A Labour of Love: The Politics of Presenting Contemporary Art as Part of Commemorations to Mark the United Kingdom’s Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act 1807-2007’. His current activities involve organizing exhibitions, art criticism, lecturing as well as researching various aspects of contemporary art practice and display within the international arena. His research is broadly concerned with the field of African Diaspora art history, explored through the immense narratives and histories of colonial and post-colonial periods, Atlantic slavery, race politics, institutional critique, museum practice and the contemporary cultural politics of the exhibition arena.

His writing on modern and contemporary art features regularly in art journals in the UK and US and has featured in Failure, Documents of Contemporary Art Series and Issues in Curating Contemporary Art and Performance. His study, The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector, A Study of Policies, Initiatives and Attitudes 1976-2006, was published by University of Bath.

As an exhibition organizer, he has worked with a wide range of artists and facilitated and produced numerous national and international exhibitions. Recent curatorial projects were solo exhibitions by British-based artists Anthony Key and Eugene Palmer. His edited publications include Eugene Palmer  Didn’t it Rain: New Paintings, The Best Janette Parris, Doublethink: The Art of Donald Rodney and the artist book, The Holy Bible: Old Testament by David Hammons (co-produced with Virginia Nimarkoh). England.   


Education Details

Visual Cultures, PhD, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2018

Selected Writings 

'The Art of Social Distance in the Era of #Black Lives Matter', ArtReview, June, 2020

'In Retrospect: The Significance of Faith Ringgold at the Serpentine Gallery, London'  
International Review of African American Art 2020
Book review Stick to the Skin: African American and Black British Art 1965-2015 by Celeste-Marie Bernier, the Burlington Magazine, April , 2020, Vol 162 No. 1405
Decolonizing Art History, Art History Journal,  January 2020
22 January 2020

‘Status and Presence: African American Art in the International Arena’ Routledge Companion to African American Art History, edited by Eddie Chambers, Routledge: London, 2019. 

‘Eugene Palmer and Barbara Walker: Photography and the Black Subject’, Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, Black British Art Histories, November, Issue 45, 2019.

‘Decolonising the Curriculum’, Art Monthly, May 2019, No. 246.Anthony Key

‘Trespassing’ for the exhibition Trespassing: New and Recent Work by Anthony Key, University for Creative Arts, Farnham, 2018.

‘Senga Nengudi’, exhibition review , Burlington Contemporary, 2018.

‘Charles White: A Retrospective,’ exhibition review, the Burlington Magazine No. 188, Vol. 160, 2018.

‘Larry Achiampong: Sunday’s Best’, exhibition review, Art Review, March, 2018.

"Basquiat: Boom for Real', Arts Review exhibition review, December 2017.

"Black Art UK/US, Art Monthly 410 : October, 2017.

"The Place is Here', Nottingham Contemporary, exhibition review, the Burlington Magazine, April, 2017.