Publication

  • Ron Hunt: Collected Writings / Collected Objects
    Ron Hunt
    Author
    Andrew Lister and Matthew Stuart
    Editors
    Bricks from the Kiln, 2018
  • GRANTEE
    Ron Hunt, Andrew Lister & Matthew Stuart
    GRANT YEAR
    2018

Cover of Icteric 1, 1967.

This project brings together the written output and collected art objects of the overlooked art historian, writer, librarian, curator, critic, and “lapsed anarchist,” Ron Hunt. The research culminates in a publication and accompanying exhibition at Ex-Libris Gallery, housed in the former library of the original 1910 Fine Art building of Newcastle University. It was in this building that—at the invitation of the artist Richard Hamilton—Ron Hunt worked as an arts librarian from 1963 to 1970. While in Newcastle, he also curated a retrospective of Francis Picabia at the Hatton Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art in London; initiated the radical arts group and magazine Icteric; staged an exhibition in the university physics department, entitled Descent into the Street; and, perhaps most notably, along with Pontus Hultén, Hunt curated the seminal exhibition Poetry must be made by all / Transform the world! at the pioneering Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Hunt later moved to Vancouver to take up a teaching position and continued to write for publications including Artforum, Art in America, Studio International, Art Monthly, and Modern Painters. Combining commissioned writing from across his career, along with previously unpublished texts and unseen archival material, this project builds on the broad-ranging interests at the peripheries of art-historical canons that typify Hunt's work. The collection spans art history, criticism, pedagogy, architecture, photography, design, and politics. Works by Richard Hamilton, Marcel Duchamp, Dieter Roth, Chris Ofili, Anna Hunt, Man Ray, Stan Douglas, and Gustav Klutsis accompany the presentation of Hunt’s writing.

During a varied career as a writer, curator, librarian, and critic, Ron Hunt has been a Library Assistant at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Librarian in the Department of Fine Art at the University of Newcastle, Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Instructor at Vancouver School of Art, and Senior Lecturer at Stourbridge College of Art. In 1972 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and has lectured at institutions including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, AICA in Stockholm, and the Luma Foundation in Zurich. He has curated exhibitions including Poetry must be made by all / Transform the world! (1969) at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm; Descent into the Street (1966) at the University of Newcastle; and Francis Picabia (1963) presented at both the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle and Institute of Contemporary Art in London. He has written for various publications including Artforum, Art in America, Studio International, Art Monthly, and Modern Painters, and Bricks from the Kiln.

Andrew Lister is a designer, writer, and publisher currently based between Chicago and London. Together with Matthew Stuart he coedits and designs the journal Bricks from the Kiln and often works under the collaborative moniker Traven T. Croves. He holds an MFA from Yale University and has exhibited and delivered talks internationally at institutions including Wysing Art Centre, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Outpost Gallery, Tenderbooks, Umlaut Gallery, the Graham Foundation, Ox-Bow School of Art, and the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno. He is an assistant professor of design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has also taught at Winchester School of Art, ELISAVA Barcelona, and the University of Leeds.

Matthew Stuart is a designer, writer, and publisher based in London. Together with Andrew Lister he coedits and designs the journal Bricks from the Kiln and often works under the collaborative moniker Traven T. Croves. He graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in London and is currently a visiting lecturer in graphic design at Kingston University and University for the Creative Arts Epsom. He has exhibited and delivered talks internationally at institutions including Wysing Art Centre, Tenderbooks, Umlaut Gallery, Outpost Gallery, Studio Nock, Legion TV, Middlesex University, Ox-Bow School of Art, London College of Communication, and the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno. He has also taught and run workshops at Camberwell College of Art, London College of Communication, Winchester School of Art, and Middlesex University.