Bartholomew, A.M.

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PhD Candidate and Docent


Varies. Please contact me via email to set up an appointment.


Angela M. Bartholomew is a doctoral candidate in humanities with support from the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego (2008), and graduated cum laude from the Visual Arts, Media, and Architecture Research Master Programme of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (2013).

Research Interests

In general, the myriad factors that shape the production and presentation of art. In particular, exhibitions in the 1980s and 1990s.

Keywords: Modern and contemporary art, exhibition history, 1980s, 1990s, site-specificity, blockbuster exhibitions, institutional critique, installation art, (re)mediation, arts funding policies


  • MA Visual Arts Seminar (Period 1-3, 2016/2017), The Art of Exhibiting: Exhibitions of the 1980s and 1990s

Zeroing in on a period that has recently been the subject of much critical reappraisal, this course examines trends in curatorial and artistic practice in the 1980s and 1990s by studying exhibitions, both in Europe and beyond.

  • BA Werkcollege, MKDA, 3rd Year (Period 4, 2015/2016), Actualiteiten Beeldende Kunst (Recent Developments in Art & Media)

This course investigates key factors in the production, presentation, and reception of art today: the museum, funding agendas, the exhibition, historical discourse, the medium itself, and the art academy. These form the six themes of the course, each of which involves a related excursion (to an art exhibition, public debate, lecture, or symposium). Largely discussion based, the course also entails the writing of exhibition reviews that serve as the topic of weekly ‘editorial sessions’.

I occasionally give guest lectures in other courses in the faculty, such as:

  • ‘Creativity & (Re)Framing: The Exhibition as a Battleground’, BA Course: Creativity, Power & Commerce (19 Nov 2015).
  • ‘One After the Other: Site-Specific Art, Exhibitions & the Museum’, BA Course: Exhibition Machines (30 Sept 2015).


My research focuses on exhibitions, how they shape artistic practice, and, in turn, how artistic practice shapes exhibition making. It looks specifically at pivotal exhibitions that occurred in the Netherlands and Flanders in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s.

These exhibitions include:

  • Artists Talking Back to the Media (1985), a multi-faceted project spearheaded by the artists David Garcia and Raul Marroquin, Revision (1987) and TheArts for Television (1987) (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).
  • Initiatief ’86 and other exhibitions on view in the city of Ghent in the summer of 1986 (in particular Initiatief d’amis and the antagonistic Anti-Chambres).
  • Two group shows, Sonsbeek ‘86 (1986) and The Sublime Void: On the Memory of the Imagination (1993, Royal Museum for Fine Arts in Antwerp).
  • Hover Hover by Gerald van der Kaap and MARBLEPUBLIC by Fortuyn/O’Brien (both of which took place in 1991 in the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam).

For more information please see: ‘The Mediation of Critique: Polar Strategies of Mediation in the Exhibition of Contemporary Art in the Low Countries, 1982-1997’, among the current research projects of the CLUE+ Research Institute.

Publications (selection)

  • Bartholomew, A. (2016). ‘Painting Into a Corner: The Pedagogic Agenda, the Immersive Mediation (and the Overdetermined Experience) of Play Van Abbe 4’, Stedelijk Studies, Between the Discursive and the Immersive, Issue 4.
  • Bartholomew, A. (2015). ‘Rendering (the) Visible: MARBLEPUBLIC, Fortuyn/O’Brien’s Paginated Retrospective’, Betwixt & Between: The Artist’s Book and Materiality, Kunstlicht, Issue 1-2.   
  • Bartholomew, A. (2014). ‘De Vierkantigste Rechthoek: Rockstar Tom Barman’s Greatest Hits’, Metropolis M, 16 November.
  • Bartholomew, A., J. Noordegraaf, A. Eveleigh (2014). ‘Building a Model for Crowdsourcing Cultural Heritage’, Museums and the Web Conference Proceedings, Baltimore.
  • Bartholomew, A. (2013). ‘The Crisis in MOCA: The Broad Takeover of the Cultural Industry’, The Public Market, Kunstlicht, Issue 1-2.
  • De Man, H., et. al. (2012). Stedelijk Collection Highlights: 150 Artists from the Collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (author of several catalogue entries), Stedelijk Museum and NAI010 Publishers, Amsterdam.

Lectures & Presentations (selection)

  • ‘Art on Mass Media: Artists Talking Back to the Media (1985) & Revision: Art Programs of European Television Stations (1987)’, panelist for the EPCAF Sponsored Session, The European Eighties, College Art Association Conference, New York (15-18 Feb 2017).
  • ‘Suspended Disbelief: Gerald van der Kaap’s Hover Hover (1991)’, paper presentation, Renewable Futures Conference: Transformative Potential of Art in the Age of Post-Media, RIXC, Riga, Latvia (8-10 Oct 2015).
  • MARBLEPUBLIC and the Agency of Media(tion)’, paper presentation, Imaginary Exhibitions Conference, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (6-7 Nov 2013).
  • ‘Caught in the Circuits’, moderator of panel featuring Métamatic Research Institute commissioned artists, The Meta-Tinguely Symposium: Jean Tinguely & Transformations in Art and Culture, Museum Tinguely, Basel (20-23 March 2013).
  • ‘Save the Arts: They’re Inherently Valuable and They're Also What's Going to Get Us Out of This Economic Problem We’re In’, Event Planner and Key Note Lecture, Save the Arts Event, Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam (21 May 2012).

Professional Activities (selection)

  • Editor and Contributor to Kunstlicht, a Journal for Art, Visual Culture, and Architecture (2012-present)
  • Co-Editor of the Memorial Papers, the discursive component of Everything For You: SculptureCommunism, by Jan De Cock (2013-present)
  • Embedded Researcher, Modeling Crowdsourcing for Cultural Heritage Project, University of Amsterdam, Creative Industry Research Centre Amsterdam (2013-2014)
  • Curatorial Research Intern, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2011-2013)
  • Grants Writer & Interim Head of Institutional Giving, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2008-2011)