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Edward J. Sullivan

Helen Gould Sheppard Professor in the History of Art; Institute of Fine Arts and College of Arts and Sciences

Research interests

Latin American art, colonial and modern periods;
Iberian art, art of the Caribbean, Brazilian art

Sample courses

Abstractions in the Americas
Surrealism in the Caribbean and Mexico
Modernism in Latin America
Caribbean Art
Arts of Brazil
Mexican Painting 1875-1950


Selected Books and book-length exhibition catalogues

From San Juan to Paris and Back: Francisco Oller and Caribbean Art in the Era of Impressionism (forthcoming, in production, from Yale University Press, 2014)

Observed: Milagros de la Torre (New York: Americas Society and Lima, Peru: Museo de Arte de Lima, 2012) curated exhibition and wrote principal essay in catalogue

Concrete Improvisations: Collages and Sculptures by Esteban Vicente (with Lynn Gumpert) exhibition catalogue (New York: Grey Art Gallery, NYU) 2011

Nueva York: 1613-1945 (editor and essayist) (New York: Scala Books, 2010)

Fragile Demon: Juan Soriano in Mexico 1935-1950 (Philadelphia Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2008)

Continental Shifts: The Art of Edouard Duval Carrié (editor and author of principal essay) (Miami: Haitian Cultural Alliance, 2008)

The Language of Objects in the Art of the Americas (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007)

Emilio Pettoruti (with Nelly Perrazo) (Buenos Aires: LaMarca Editora, 2004)

Tomas Sánchez (with Gabriel García Márquez) (New York: Skira, 2003)

Brazil: Body & Soul (editor and principal author) (New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Harry N. Abrams, 2001)

Selected articles

“Information Networks. Collecting and Display of Latin American Art in the United States,” in Beverly Adams and Vanessa Davidson (eds.)
Order, Chaos and the Space Between. Contemporary Latin American Art from the Diane and Bruce Halle Collection (The Phoenix Art Museum, 2013, pp. 105-117

“Displaying the Caribbean. Thirty Years of Exhibitions and collecting in the United States,” in Deborah Cullen and Elvis Fuentes (eds.)Caribbean. Art at the Crossroads of the World (New York: el Museo del Barrio and Yale University Press, 2012), pp. 343-365

“Revelando los inicios de una Carrera excepcional,” in Christian Padilla, Fernando Botero. La búsqueda de un estilo Bogotá: Editorial La Bachué, 2012, pp. 12-13

“Cesar Paternosto: A Celebratory Interchange” and “Edward J. Sullivan Interview with Cesar Paternosto,” in exhibition catalogue Cesar Paternosto. Painting as Object: The Lateral Expansion. New Works (New York: Cecilia de Torres Gallery, 2012), pp. 35-45

“Latin American Artists at Home and Abroad,” Art in America, September, 2012

“Introduction” Bonevardi Works. Bonevardi-Bennett Collaborations(Buenos Aires, Fundación Alon para las Artes, 2012) pp. 9-16

“Silent Witness: The Photographic Art of Milagros de la Torre,” in exhibition catalogue Observed. Milagros de la Torre (New York: Americas Society and Lima: MALI, 2012) pp. 10-25

“Mario H. Gradowczyk: Scholar of Modern and Contemporary Art,” in exhibition catalogue Esteban Lisa: Playing with Lines and Color  (Long Beach, Ca. Museum of Latin American Art, 2012) pp. 45-56

“Entre la estática y el movimiento: La naturaleza muerta de José Gurvich,” in anthology Los mundos fantásticos de Jose Gurvich(Montevideo: Museo Jose Gurvich, 2011), pp. 75-89

“Señas de la luz: Caminos de creatividad y significado en la obra de Ada Balcácer,” in the exhibition catalogue Alas y raices: Ada Balcácer(Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic: Centro cultural Eduardo León Jiménez, 2011), pp. 9-39

“The Lives of Objects: Remembering Claudio Bravo,” Art News, November, 2011, p, 60

“The Art of Claudio Bravo (1936-2011)” Confrontation, no. 110, Fall, 2011, pp. 158-170

“Between Two dimensions: Paintings by Isabel Obaldía,” in exhibition catalogue Primordial: Paintings and Sculpture by Isabel Obaldía Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, 2011, pp. 37-45

“Art Worlds of Nueva York” in Sullivan (ed.) Nueva York. 1613-1945(New York: Scala Publishers, 2010), pp. 173-215

“Rafael Ferrer in the Tropics: Encounters with Caribbean Art,” in exhibition catalogue Rafael Ferrer (New York: El Museo del Barrio), 2010, pp. 53-65

“Navigating Between the Continents: Further Thoughts on Edouard Duval Carrié’s Work,” Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, 27, October, 2008, pp. 165-174

“Fernando Botero: Critical Strategies,” in exhibition catalogue The Baroque World of Fernando Botero (Alexandria, Va.: Arts Services International and Yale University Press, 20007, pp. 48-58)

“Lost in Translation? Juan Luna Between Manila and Madrid” in exhibition catalogue Pioneers of Philippine Modernism (San Francisco: The Asian Art Museum, 2006 pp. 54-82)

“The Black Hand: Notes on the African Presence in Brazil and the Caribbean in the Colonial Period,” in exhibition catalogue The Arts of Latin America 1492-1820 (Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2006 pp. 39-55)

“Naturalezas mexicanas: Objects as Cultural Signifiers in Mexican Art c. 1760-1885,” in Stephen Melville (ed.) The Lure of the Object (Clark Studies in the Visual Arts) (Williamstown: Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, 2005, pp. 59-71)

“Edouard Duval Carrie: Migratory Journeys of the Soul,” in exhibition catalogue Edouard Duval Carrie: Migrations of the Spirit (Davenport, Iowa: Figge Art Museum, 2005, pp. 5-23)

Selected honors

Chair, Art Advisory Committee, The Americas Society, 1999-2002
Vice President, American Friends of the Fundacion Ludwig de Cuba, 2002 to present
Fellowships and Grants: Guggenheim Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation, American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies