Dr Gregory Salter

Photograph of Dr Gregory Salter

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
Lecturer in History of Art

Contact details

Address
G23g, The Barber Institute of Fine Art
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am a specialist in British art after 1945. My research to date has focused on home and masculinity in this period, and I am developing a new project on queer migrations in British art after 1945.

Qualifications

  • PhD University of East Anglia
  • MA Courtauld Institute of Art
  • BA University of Aberdeen

Biography

I came to Birmingham having taught at Birkbeck, University of London on the London Semester Programme and at CAPA The Global Education Network. I have also taught at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Queen Mary, and the University of East Anglia.

Between 2013 and 2015 I was Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Geffrye Museum of the Home in East London, where I worked with the Documenting Homes Collection (a unique archive of material on home in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries). I completed my PhD at UEA in 2013.

Teaching

I convene the final year modules Contemporary Art And Home and Contemporary Art And Masculinity, the second year module Post-War: Art in Britain After the Second World War, and I teach on the first year modules Object And Medium 2, Writing Art’s Histories 2, and Study Skills. I also convene the MA module Enterprising Culture.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students hoping to undertake research relating to my research and teaching interests.

Current PhD students


Find out more - our PhD History of Art  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

My research to date as focused on the themes of home and masculinity in post-war British art. This work emerged out of my PhD thesis and post-doctoral work at the Geffrye. I have published numerous articles on this work and I am currently completing a book titled Art and Masculinity In Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home (due to be published with Bloomsbury in 2019). This book considers home as an unstable entity at this historical moment, imbued with the optimism and hopes of post-war recovery, while continuing to resonate with the memories and anxieties of wartime. It argues that artworks offer insights into the experience of the reconstruction of home in Britain in this period, in that they make visible and help to negotiate these contradictions. It focuses on John Bratby, Francis Bacon, Keith Vaughan, Francis Newton Souza, Victor Pasmore, and Gilbert and George.

My new research project will address queer migrations in British art since 1945. It will place the development of queer art and culture in Britain in a global context of decolonisation, migration, and globalisation by exploring queer artists and artworks 'on the move', both physically and psychologically. Case studies will include David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Rotimi Fani-Koyode, and Isaac Julien, amongst others.

Other activities

I am Admissions Tutor and the personal tutor for Joint Honours students in English/History of Art and History/History of Art.

Publications

Books

  • Art and Masculinity in Post-War Britain: Reconstructing Home, book forthcoming with Bloomsbury, 2019.

Journal Articles

  • ‘“A Door of Hell”: Thresholds, Crisis, and Morality in the Art of Gilbert and George in the 1970s’, British Art Studies, Issue 9, https://doi.org/10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-09/gsalter
  • 'Francis Bacon and Queer Intimacy in Post-War London’, Visual Culture in Britain, (special issue ‘Queer Creative Cultures and Lifestyles in Britain c. 1885-1967’, edited by Reina Lewis and Andrew Stephenson) Vol. 18, No. 1 (April 2017), pp. 84-99.
  • ‘Memories of Kinship in Keith Vaughan’s Post-War Paintings’, Art History, Vol. 38, No. 3 (June 2015), pp. 536-61.

Chapter in Book

  • ‘Cold War At Home: John Bratby In The 1950s’ in British Art In The Nuclear Age, ed. Catherine Jolivette (Ashgate: Farnham, 2014), pp. 151-69.

Exhibition Catalogue Essay

  • 'Looking at Masculinity: Bacon, Souza, Freud’ in All Too Human: Bacon, Freud, and a Century of Painting Life, ex. cat., Tate, London, 2018.