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Bernard Vere

Program Director, MA Fine and Decorative Art and Design, London

PhD, London Consortium; MRes, London Consortium; MA, University of Nottingham; BA, University of East Anglia

Bernard Vere specializes in art from the late-19th to mid-20th century. His work explores the connection between technological advances and the rise of the metropolis in modernist art, particularly in its implications for the individual subject. Recent research has concentrated on the relationship of sport to art and architecture in the first half of the 20th century. Vere has been published in journals and art magazines, including Art History, Visual Culture in Britain, The International Journal of the History of Sport, and Contemporary. He sits on the Executive Steering Committee of the British Association of Modernist Studies and is an elected member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Vere has been an invited speaker at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, and the University of Oxford, as well as presenting research at numerous conferences and galleries. He has taught at Birkbeck College (University of London), London Metropolitan University, and Tate.

Bernard Vere
  • Selected Publications

    Selected Publications


    (forthcoming, contracted book) Sport and Modernism in the Visual Arts, c. 1909-1939 (Manchester: Manchester University Press)

    Editor, Eyeing London (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2002).


    ‘Pedal-Powered Avant-Gardes: Cycling Paintings in 1912-13’. International Journal of the History of Sport. Special issue, The Visual Turn in Sports History, eds. Mike O’Mahony and Mike Huggins. Simultaneously published in The Visual in Sport, eds. Mike O’Mahony and Mike Huggins (London: Routledge, 2011)

    ’Oversights in Overseeing Modernism: A Symptomatic Reading of Alfred H. Barr Jr’s “Cubism and Abstract Art” Chart. Textual Practice, 24:2 (April 2010), pp. 255-286. Subsequently included in the Textual Practice Virtual Special Issue, Modernism and Postmodernism (May 2012)

    ‘“The Most Wonderful and Complex City in the World”: London and the Camden Town Group’. Literary London, 8:1 (March 2010).

    ‘Enigma Variation: Edward Wadsworth’s “Marine Still-Lifes” and Giorgio de Chirico’. Visual Culture in Britain 7:1, pp. 39-58.

    Review Essay:

    Art History. Volume 36, issue 2 (April 2013). ‘Entering the Field of Play: New Approaches to Sport and Art’. Review essay of Mike O'Mahony, Olympic Visions: Images of the Games through History, Allen Guttmann, Sports and American Art: From Benjamin West to Andy Warhol and (ed.) Erasmus Weddigen, Cycling, Cubo-Futurism and the Fourth Dimension.

    Book Chapters:

    ‘Authentic the Second Time Around? Eduardo Paolozzi and Reconstructed Studios in a Museum Environment’. Art and Authenticity, eds. Megan Aldrich and Jos Hackforth-Jones (London: Lund Humphries, 2012), pp. 88-97.

    Jones (London: Lund Humphries, 2012), pp. 88-97.

    ‘Avant-Garde Photography in the Soviet Union’. Photography: The Whole Story, ed. Juliet Hacking (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012), pp. 208-15.

    ‘On the Wings of a Dove: Jacob Epstein’s Third Marble Doves, 1913-1915’ in Understanding Art Objects: Thinking Through the Eye, ed. Tony Godfrey (London: Lund Humphries, 2009), pp. 132-143.

    (with Michael Uwemedimo), ‘Unknowable London: An Interview with Patrick Keiller’ in Eyeing London, pp. 35-59.

    ‘It’s all Crap … Scatological Elements in Kurt Schwitters’s Hanover Merzbau’ in Arcade, ed. Nina Pearlman, pp. 126-144.
  • Professional Affiliations

    Professional Affiliations

    ‘“BLAST SPORT”? Vorticism, Sport and William Roberts’s Boxers’. Invited Speaker, London Modernism Seminar, University of London, 7 February 2015

    ‘Oval Balls and Cubist Players: Avant-Garde Depictions of Rugby’. Invited Speaker, Association of Art Historians Art History in the Pub session, 29 September 2014

    ‘“Blast Sport”: Vorticism’s Arty vs Hearty Moment’. ‘BLAST 2014’ conference, Bath Spa University, 24-25 July 2014.

    ‘End of Season Modernism: The Modernist Football Stadiums of Florence and Turin’. ‘Modernism Now’, British Association of Modernist Studies Conference. Senate House, University of London, 26-28 June 2014.

    ‘A Love Match: Tennis and Modern Architecture’. Association of Art Historians Annual Conference. Royal College of Art, London, 10-12 April 2014.

    ‘Art in the New Age’. Invited speaker, Modernist Magazines Research Seminar, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 16 January 2014.

    ‘Towards a Gestural Art Criticism: Mr Hulme and the Critics’. Invited speaker and panellist, T. E. Hulme Colloquium, Wolfson College, Oxford, 14 September 2013.

    ‘“Smiling Insinuatingly”: Wyndham Lewis at the Rebel Art Centre and in the Mass Media’. ‘Wyndham Lewis: Networks, Dialogues and Communities’, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 30 November – 1 December 2012.

    ‘A Token of Triumph Cut Down to Size: Jacob Epstein’s Rock Drill as Fetish Object’. ‘Desiring Statues: Statuary, Sexuality and History’. University of Exeter, 26-27 April 2012.

    ‘The Anti-Aesthetic Fashioning of an Avant-Garde: Dress at the Proto-Vorticist Rebel Art Centre in 1914’. Association of Art Historians’ Annual Conference. Open University, Milton Keynes, 29-31 March 2012.

    ‘Horse Power: Fortunato Depero’s Neighing at Speed and the Horse in Italian Futurism’. Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London. Public gallery talk for the exhibition ‘From Morandi to Guttuso: Masterpieces from the Alberto Della Ragione Collection’. 12 February 2011.

    ‘Painting in France, Spain and Italy in the Modern Period’. Introductory talk at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution’s ‘Modernism Weekend’, Bath, 16-17 October 2010.

    ‘Pedal-Powered Avant-Gardes: Cycling Paintings in 1912-13’ at ‘The Visual in Sport’, University of Bristol, 13-14 June 2009.

    “Smiling Insinuatingly”: Wyndham Lewis and the Mass Media’ at ‘Modernism and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Conference’, University of Oxford, 1-2 November 2008.

    ‘“The Most Wonderful and Complex City in the World”: London and the Camden Town Group’, ‘Modernity and Metropolis: Camden Town Study Day’, Tate Britain, 12 April 2008.

    Panelist for Tate Liverpool’s one-day symposium ‘Paul Nash: Landscape, Identity and Britishness’, 18 October 2003.

    Chair for presentation by Patrick Keiller of his ‘City of the Future’ project, Tate Modern, 31 July 2003.

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