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John-Paul Stonard trained as a painter before studying art history at the Courtauld Institute. He has written widely on German and British twentieth-century art, and is most recently the co-curator of ‘Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation’ (Tate Britain, May-August 2014). His book Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation, was published alongside an exhibition at the British Museum in 2014. He was the editor and contributed to The Books that Shaped Art History (Thames & Hudson, 2013). His book Fault Lines. Art in Germany 1945-55 was published by Ridinghouse, London, in 2007. He is a regular contributor to The Burlington MagazineThe Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.



Lecture: A Foreign Affair. Art in Britain and Germany in the 1950s. Sprengel Museum, Hanover

‘How to stop worrying and love German art’ – talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Sunday 24th August 2014

‘A Foreign Affair. German and British art in the 1950s’, catalogue essay, Die frühen Jahre. Britische und Deutsche Kunst nach 1945, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, 14th June – 28th September 2014.

Review of ‘Sigmar Polke’, Museum of Modern Art, New York, TLS, 2nd July 2014.

‘Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation’. Lecture at the British School, Rome, 17th June 2014.

Review: At the Ashmolean (Jörg Immendorff and Joseph Beuys), London Review of Books, 22 May 2014

Exhibition Review: Richard Hamilton, London: The Burlington Magazine, CLVI, May 2014

Book Review: Adrianne Rubin, Roger Fry’s ‘Difficult and uncertain science’, Oxford 2013. Reviewed in: The Burlington Magazine, CLVI, May 2014


Germany Divided: Baselitz and his Generation

British Museum, 6 February to 31 August 2014


‘The British Museum is delighted to announce a very generous gift of 34 important works on paper by 20th-century German artists to the collection. The works have been given by Count Christian Duerckheim who holds one of the world’s finest private collections of contemporary German and English art. Count Duerckheim has presented the Museum with key works by Georg Baselitz, Markus Lüpertz, Blinky Palermo, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke and Gerhard Richter. The gift, plus an additional loan of around 60 prints and drawings from the Duerckheim collection, will go on display at the British Museum in February 2014… A scholarly and fully-illustrated catalogue by John-Paul Stonard, Germany Divided: Baselitz and his generation. From the Duerckheim collection, published by the British Museum Press, will accompany the exhibition’.


Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation

20 May – 14 August 2014


‘This exhibition explores the impact of the art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark (1903–1983), widely seen as one of the most influential figures in British art of the twentieth century. The exhibition examines Clark’s role as a patron and collector, art historian, and broadcaster, and celebrates his contribution to bringing art in the twentieth century to a more popular audience’.

Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation is curated by Chris Stephens, Curator (Modern British Art) & Head of Displays, Tate Britain, and John-Paul Stonard, art historian, with John Wyver, University of Westminster, and Inga Fraser, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain.


Recent Publications



The Books that Shaped Art History

Richard Shone (editor); John-Paul Stonard (editor and contributor)

This volume reassesses the impact of sixteen of the most important books published in the field of art history during the twentieth century. Each chapter is written by a leading art historian, curator, or one of the promising scholars of today. In bringing these cross-generational contributions together, the book presents a varied and invaluable overview of the history of art, told through its seminal texts.


‘…this thrilling account of the history of art in the 20th century’ — The Guardian

‘Path-breaking … a heroic account of how writing battles not to be reduced to helplessness by great art’ — The Financial Times

‘An invaluable and stimulating resource’ — Apollo

‘the essays are models of intelligent compression and lively instruction’ — Royal Academy Magazine

‘Points towards wide vistas of knowledge’ — The Literary Review

‘…a thought-provoking reflection on a century of brilliant Art Historical scholarship… sets the bar for the next generation’ — Daily Telegraph

Published by Thames & Hudson, March 2013



'Baselitz Black, or, History as Background'. Georg Baselitz, Le Côté Sombre, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris
Exhibition catalogue: ‘Baselitz Black, or, History as Background’, Georg Baselitz, Le Côté Sombre, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, 2013. Click here



Ernst Wilhelm Nay

‘This book offers the first English language overview of Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s life and work. It features a detailed survey by John-Paul Stonard, who looks at the development of Nay’s art and his relationship to the culture and politics of his time, from the Weimar Republic through the Third Reich to the postwar division of Germany. Pamela Kort introduces Nay’s rise to fame in Germany followed by a comprehensive overview of Nay’s reception outside of Germany, specifically in America and Britain. The two texts are accompanied by full colour illustrations of Nay’s paintings and archival imagery of the artist’s life’

With an introduction by Norman Rosenthal

Published by Ridinghouse, December 2012



Fault Lines: Art in Germany 1945-55

This book examines the arts in Germany in the wake of the destruction of War, and in the context of political division.


 ‘..a well-researched and lucidly written book, which transcends its apparently rather narrow subject to become a fascinating piece of modern European history’ — Times Literary Supplement, March 2008

Published by Ridinghouse 2007



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  1. Lee Sorensen

    “Books that Shaped Art History” is truly an important contribution to not only art historiographic literature but art history in general. My pleasure over the past years in reading the “Art History Reviewed” series in the Burlington Magazine was multiplied by reading their collection in this book. For such an important topic, historiography gets scant treatment in the English-speaking world. Students of art method and scholars of culture in general have a series of essays which are balanced and yet intellectually diverse. Your work on Lord Clark is highly anticipated. Thank you.


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