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Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art since 2010, recently co-curated “Millet and Modern Art: From Van Gogh to Dalí” (2020), “Paul Gauguin: The Art of Invention” (2019), and “Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade” (2017). Kelly co-curated “Impressionist France (2014), and he curated the installation for the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden, as well as several Currents exhibitions.

Kelly has published extensively on 19th and early-20th century French art including the book “Untamed: the Art of Antoine-Louis Barye” (2006), and essays in the exhibition catalogues “Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883” (2007); “In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet” (2008); “Manet, the Man who Invented Modern Art” (2011); and “Becoming Van Gogh” (2012). Kelly worked previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he also taught art history.

Simon Kelly

Notable media appearances and mentions

Television and video

Recent SLAM exhibitions

  • Rachel Whiteread (2019)
  • Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis (2018)
  • The Hats of Stephen Jones (2017)
  • Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade (2017)
  • Currents 112: Andréa Stanislav: Convergence Infinité (2016)
  • New Media Series—Ana Mendieta: Alma, Silueta en Fuego (2015)
  • Currents 111: Steven and William Ladd: Scouts or Sports? (2015)
  • New Media Series—Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd (2015)
  • Tragic and Timeless: The Art of Mark Rothko (2014)
  • Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet (2014)
  • Monet’s Water Lilies (2011)
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