Anthony Gardner is an art historian and academic. Gardner was the Research Forum / Andrew Mellon Foundation MA Postdoctoral Fellow in 2010-2011 at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. There he researched global conceptualism, as well as aesthetic politics of post-socialism in European art. He was a guest speaker for the panel discussion Indigenous Art Now! on 28 June 2011, organised in collaboration with the Australian contemporary art magazine Artlink, the October Gallery and Framer Framed.
From 2011-2014, he was an ARC Research Fellow through the University of Melbourne, examining the three waves of biennialisation in art since the 1890s. Gardner holds a PhD from the Centre for Contemporary Art and Politics at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His writings on art and exhibition histories have most recently appeared in the journals Third Text, Postcolonial Studies and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, as well as Crossing Cultures (ed. J. Anderson) and the reader for the SCAPE biennial in Christchurch, New Zealand (ed. B. French).
His research explores the intersections of contemporary art and politics, with particular emphasis on installation, performance, exhibitions and cultural infrastructures. His anthology Neue Slowenische Kunst: From Kapital To Capital (with Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer), was a finalist for the 2017 Alfred H Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue worldwide. The exhibition it accompanied travelled from the Moderna Galerija in Ljubljana to the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.
He is currently the Head of School at the Ruskin School of Art and a Fellow of The Queen’s College at the University of Oxford.