Anna Maria Guasch
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Profesora de Historia del Arte Contemporáneo y de Estudios Visuales Globales

Crítica de arte

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Art Globalization Interculturality

Global Art Archive

On Mediation



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Anna Maria Guasch is Professor of Global Art History and Art Criticism at the University of Barcelona.  In the last fifteen years, Guasch has focused on the study of international art from the second half of the 20th Century and has analyzed the expositions it has generated. This line of investigation has lead to publications The Art of the 20th Century and Its Exhibitions: 1945-1995 (Serbal Editions, Barcelona, 2009) and The Manifestos of Postmodern Art: Texts of Expositions 1980-1995 (Akal/Arte Contemporáneo, Madrid, 2000) with contributions by C. Joachimides, D. Kuspit, A. Bonito Oliva, K. Power, D. Crimp, H. Foster, T. Crow, H. Szeemann, C. David, J.H. Martin y T. McEvilley, among others.

Recent investigations analyze the intersection of the artistic scenes of the 20th and 21st centuries, a theme elaborated in the book The Last Art of the 20th Century: From Postminimalism to Multiculturalism: 1968-1995 (Alianza Forma, Madrid, 2000), while in terms of the theory of criticism, her notable works include Art Criticism: Theory and Praxis ( Barcelona, Serbal, 2003), and Discrepant Dialogues in Art Criticism (2000-2011). Guasch has co-edited Learning from the Bilbao Guggenheim (University of Nevada, Reno, 2007) written with Joseba Zulaika.

Currently, Guasch focuses her investigations on three areas: Archiving – Memory and Contemporary Art, Art History and Visual Studies, and Contemporary Art and Globalization. The first of these foci was developed and exhibited in Visual Autobiographies: Between the Archive and the Index (Siruela, Madrid, 2009), and Art and Archive: Genealogies, Typologies, and Discontinuities (Madrid, Akal/Arte Contemporáneo, 2011), and in presentations at conferences of related sciences such as the 20th ANPAP Meeting (Rio de Janeiro, 2011) in which she presented Contemporary Archival Practices: Between the Domestic and the Public, Memory and History, Global and Local.

Within the field of Art History and Visual Studies, Guasch has produced the chapter “Twelve Rules for a New Academy: The ‘New Art History’ and Visual Studies,” in Visual Studies: The Epistemology of Visuality in the Era of Globalization (José Luis Brea, ed., Akal, Madrid, 2005) and her contribution to the Stone Summer Theory Institute, Farewell to Visual Studies, (James Elkins, dir., Chicago, 2011).

In her research on Contemporary Art and Globalization, her noteworthy contributions to international conferences and seminars include From Here: Context and Internationalization presented at the 3rd Summit of Critics and Investigators (Valparaiso, Chile, 2011) and her invitation to the international conferences Refocusing on Issuers: Ink Painting through a Perspective of Art History (Shanghai, May 2012) and Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalization (Winchester School of Art / University of Southhampton and Tate, Liverpool, September 2012). Concerning the theme generally, her notable work includes the text The Global Effect: Art in the Era of Mobility, Translation, and Memory (in press) and her commission at the exposition The Memory of the Other in the Global Era in Bogota, Colombia (2009), Santiago, Chile (2010), and Havana, Cuba (2011).

Between 2000 and 2011, Guasch has been a Visiting Fellow in the Universities of Princeton, Yale, Columbia, San Diego, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2002, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles and completed her research residency in 2008. She has taught seminars and courses at many institutions including the Pontificia Catholic University of Chile (2002), Esmeralda Institute of Fine Arts (Mexico City, 2003), and San Antonio School of Cinema of Los Baños, (Havana, Cuba, 2005), as well as the Universities of Antioquia (Medellin) and the Bogota National University (Colombia, 2004, 2006, 2007) and at the University of Nuevo León (Monterrey, Mexico, 2006).

Guasch’s academic footprint in the Department of Art History at the University of Barcelona includes directing fifteen doctorate theses while fulfilling her duties as a researcher and mentoring bachelors and masters degree candidates. She also guides students externally as a tutor of doctorate theses in universities across Mexico, Colombia, and Chile. Since 2007 she is principal researcher of the ongoing R&D&I project Critical cartography of art and visuality in the global age: New methodologies, concepts, and analytical focuses Parts I, II and III, whose members come from Spanish and international universities (

Guasch also directs and coordinates Global Art Archive, a research group that studies archives and their role as a liaison between collective memory and individual development ( In addition, she is part of the London-based international studyVisual Culture Studies in Europe, the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA), and Zahia Rhamani’s Art et mondialisation (Art and Globalization) research group in Paris (INHA). Along with Marquard Smith and Joaquín Barriendos, she organized the international congress Visualizing Europe – The Geopolitical and Intercultural Boundaries of Visual Culture (University of Barcelona, 2011) and has participated in Third International Workshop on Art Criticism (Madrid-Ciudad Real 2011).

Her most recent books are El arte en la era de lo global. 1989-2015 (Madrid, Alianza, 2016) and The Codes of the Global in the Twenty-first Century (AGI/Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2018).







Anna Maria Guasch

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA Facultat de Geografia i Història
Departament d'Història de l'Art

Montalegre, 6-8, 5ª pl. 08001 Barcelona

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