PhD University of Delaware
Canada Research Chair:
in Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art, Anarchist Studies
Fine Arts Building 137
By appointment| Phone 250-721-6303
Areas of Research
- Modernism in the United States and Europe
- anarchist studies
- contemporary art
- critical theory
- the history of anarchism
- HA 362A: Modern Art in Europe and North America: 1900-1945
- HA 362B: Art in Europe and North America: 1945 to Today
- HA 392: Art and Revolution (1780s-1960s)
- HA 398B: Art and Revolution II
- HA 460/560: Adv. Seminar in 19th/20th Century Art: New York Dada
- HA 460/560: Adv. Seminar in 19th/20th Century Art: Joseph Beuys
Allan began his appointment as Canada Research Chair at University of Victoria in 2003. He has taught courses on activism and art; anarchist
aesthetics; Russian Constructivism; New York Dada and a host of other subjects dealing with modernism and contemporary art. In addition to his
art historical work, he is Director of the Anarchist Archive at U.Vic.,
where he is involved in archival acquisitions and the development of the Archive’s Digitization Centre and on-line Virtual Archive. Allan is art editor for the interdisciplinary journals Anarchist Studies and Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies.
Allan has authored two books and is editor of Only a Beginning, an anthology of the anarchist movement in Canada. Active as a theorist and historian of anarchism, he has written on a wide range of topics including radical pedagogy; post-structuralism; and aesthetics. In his role as art critic he has published numerous art reviews and feature articles in journals such as Canadian Art Magazine, Fuse, C Magazine, and Galleries West. He has also contributed to exhibition catalogs for the Whitney Museum of Art, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and other institutions. Allan has produced two feature programs for CBC Radio (Guernica: A Political Odyssey, 2007; Anarchy, Art and Activism, 2002). His research on anarchism continues to generate media interest ("Treasuring the West Coast's Anarchic History" The Globe and Mail Dec. 10, 2008).
Selected Professional Achievements
Canada Research Chair, 2008-2013 (renewed)
Canada Research Chair, 2003-2008
Director, Anarchist Archive, U.Vic, 2005-present
Anarchy and Art: From the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007, pp. 213 Portuguese ed., 2009; revised and expanded German ed., 2011
ed. Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004, pp. 406 .folio
Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde. University of Chicago Press, 2001, pp.292 paperback edition, 2007
Book Chapters, Articles, Interviews, and Art Criticism
“Parodying Degeneration,” Boris Lurie: Prologue To a Retrospective (New York: Boris Lurie Foundation/Pierre Menard Gallery, 2011), pp. 15-19.
“David Goodway Critiques Herbert Read,” Anarchist Studies 19 no. 1 (2011), pp. 98-106.
“Adrian Blackwell’s Anarchitecture,” Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies 1, no. 1 (2010), pp. 165-180.
“Interview mit Allan Antliff und Richard Day,” Von Jakarta bis Johannesburg: Anarchismus Weltweit, Sebastian Kalicha and Gabriel Kuhn, eds. Berlin: Unrast-Verlag, 2010, pp. 305-317.
“Response: Au Travail/At Work,” Byproduct: On the Excess of Embedded Art Practices, Marisa John, ed. (Toronto: YYZ Books, 2010), pp. 100.
“Donald Judd’s First Element: An Anarchist Genealogy,” The Writings of Donald Judd: Chinati Foundation Symposium, Marfa, TX: Chinati Foundation, 2009, pp. 173-192.
“We are all Anarchists” and “Anarchy at Documenta,” Luis Jacob: Towards a Theory of Impressionist and Expressionist Spectatorship Köln: Verlag der Buchenhandlung Walther König, 2009, pp. 47-52; 135-142 German/English).
“Open Form and the Abstract Imperative: Herbert Read and Contemporary Anarchist Art,” Anarchist Studies 16 no. 1 (2008): 6-19; reprinted in Re-Reading Read: New Views on Herbert Read, Michael Paraskos, ed. London: Freedom Press, 2008, pp. 33-43.
“Luis Jacob,” Documenta Kassel: 16/06-23/09 Berlin: Taschen, 2007, pp. 172; 262.
“Breaking Free: Anarchist Pedagogy,” Radical Experiments in Utopian Pedagogy: Confronting Neoliberalism in the Age of Globalization. Mark Coté, Richard Day, Greig de Peuter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, pp. 248-265.
“Anarchy, Power, and Post-Structuralism,” Substance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, Special Issue on “Anarchism and Literature” 36 no. 2 (2007), pp. 56-66; reprinted in Post-Anarchism: A Reader, Duane Rousselle and Süreyyya Evren, eds. London: Pluto Press (2011), pp. 160-167.