Julia Kelly is currently exploring some of the different strands of her research interests: in two anthologies of contemporary sculptors’ writings; in essays on the public sculpture of Eduardo Chillida, on sculpture and chance, on the concept of ‘homeless sculpture’ and on the material properties of mandrake roots; and in a wider project on artists’ collections of ethnographic materials.
Julia Kelly is a writer and researcher on modern and contemporary art with strong interests and expertise in the histories and theories of sculpture, interactions between art and anthropology, art writing, and the legacies of surrealism. Her publications include the books Art, Ethnography and the Life of Objects, Paris c.1925-1935 (2007), The Sculpture of Bill Woodrow (with Jon Wood, 2013), Giacometti: Critical Essays (with Peter Read, 2009), and Found Sculpture and Photography from Surrealism to Contemporary Art (with Anna Dezeuze, 2013).
Julia Kelly has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University, and a PhD on the art writings of surrealist poet and ethnographer Michel Leiris from the Courtauld Institute of Art. She worked at Tate on the exhibition Surrealism: Desire Unbound (2001) and as part of the AHRC Research Centre for Studies of Surrealism and its Legacies at the University of Manchester. She has been a lecturer and researcher at a number of UK higher education institutions, including the Courtauld Institute of Art, the University of Hull, and most recently, Loughborough University.