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Professor of the History of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK
Her first degree was in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. Recent publications include The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations (Yale, 2010 ) and Picasso/Marx and socialist realism in France (Liverpool, 2013 ).
During 2012 - 2013 she held a Chair of Excellence at the Centre for the Cultural History of Contemporary Societies at the University of Versailles, Saint Quentin, where she launched the project Globalisation before globalisation: avant-gardes, academies, revolutions focused upon international exchanges and artistic mobility, including Paris’s long relationship with Eastern Europe, Russia and Asia (including Maoism and its impact outside China), and recently India and the Paris-Budapest-Simla axis in the case of Amrita Sher-Gil. She continues to rediscover and publish upon lesser known women artists, while perfomance is another interest. At the Courtauld, her MA course, "Global Conceptualism," was generated in 2011 with Professor Boris Groys and student research is consituting a unique new archive.
She is an active member of CCRAC, the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre. She was principal curator of Paris, Capital of the Arts, 1900 - 1968 (Royal Academy London, Guggenheim Bilbao, 2002 - 3 ) and Pierre Klossowski Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2006 (touring to Cologne and Paris). A close relationship with the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, has extended throughout her career with participation in Paris-Paris, Max Ernst, Kurt Schwitters, Feminin-Masculin, Traces du Sacré, and Voids. She has also taught at Paris-I and Paris-IV, Sorbonne, and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
Sarah Wilson was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1997 and in 2015 was given the AICA International award for distinguished contribution to art criticism. Her former students hold university, curatorial and other art world positions in many different countries.