Papers of Charles Harrison

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Charles Harrison is Professor of History and Theory of Art and Staff Tutor in Arts at the Open University. He has been Durning-Lawrence Lecturer in Art, University College London and Westfield College, London University 1982-3; Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, University of Chicago 1991; Alexander White Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, University of Chicago 1996; Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, the University of Texas at Austin 1997; Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2001-2, Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute 1994. He has been associated with the work of Art & Language since 1971.

His editorial work includes:

Art-Language: Editor (since 1971)

Modernism/Modernity (Johns Hopkins University Press): Contributing Editor (since 1991)

Studio International: Assistant Editor and Contributing Editor (1966-71/1972-75)

Harrison has published widely, including the 'Art In Theory' series for Blackwells, 'English Art and Modernism 1900-1939' (Allen Lane, 1981), 'Modernism' (Tate, 1997) and several volumes on Art & Language.

These papers cover aspects of Harrison's work in the 1960s and 1970s, in particular curatorship of exhibitions of conceptual art and research for his doctoral thesis on art between the wars. His research led to collaboration with Ben Nicholson on the latter's 1969 Tate retrospective, which generated much correspondence. There is also correspondence and artworks sent to Harrison by conceptual artist friends.

These details have been derived from the Open University website and from the content of the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Harrison is Professor of History and Theory of Art and Staff Tutor in Arts at the Open University as of 2004). He has been Durning-Lawrence Lecturer in Art, University College London and Westfield College, London University 1982-3; Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, University of Chicago 1991; Alexander White Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, University of Chicago 1996; Visiting Professor in History of Art, Dept. of Art, the University of Texas at Austin 1997; Getty Scholar, Getty Research Institute, 2001-2, Visiting Scholar, Getty Research Institute 1994. He has been associated with the work of Art & Language since 1971.

Arrangement

The papers have been arranged into the following series:

TGA 839/1 Records of exhibitions curated by Charles Harrison

TGA 839/2 Correspondence, works and catalogues received by Charles Harrison

TGA 839/3 Research, writings and correspondence relating to publications

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Access to Registered researchers

Personal Names