The Department of Art is renowned for the excellence of its research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008) we were rated in the top quartile of our unit of assessment, with over half of the work submitted judged internationally excellent or world leading. Our research is organised across practice-led, theoretical and art historical modes of enquiry, migrating between three themes: 'Exhibition & Publics'; 'Art, Power, Politics' and 'Performance, Publication, Text' (see below). These themes prioritise and articulate key areas of research, such as our recognised excellence in the context of curation and participatory practice; performance and publication projects; and art historical expertise in the fields of visual cultures of war and Renaissance and Baroque art and architecture. Art at Reading's research continues to have high profile, including exhibitions and performances at prestigious international venues, publicly commissioned art projects, and monographs, journal articles and book chapters published by the most highly regarded international publishers.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Jean Genet… The Courtesy of Objects, Act 1, Act 2 & Act 3. Marc Chaimowicz's touring exhibition inspired by the life and work of Jean Genet staged at Norwich Gallery; Nottingham Contemporary and Focal Point Gallery, Southend throughout 2011-12.
Clare Robertson's recent monograph The Invention of Annibale Carracci, Milan: Silvana Editoriale, 2008, which reconstructs the artist's career and examines ideas of interpretation, iconography, draughtsmanship and patronage via the sixteenth-century concept of invenzione (invention/creativity) and was awarded the prestigious Salimbeni Prize for the best book on Italian art history and criticism from paleo-christian times to the nineteenth century in 2010.