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Anna Lovatt

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Studies

Anna Lovatt’s research focuses on the relationship between systems and subjectivity in art of the 1960s onwards. Her current project on mediated kinship in contemporary art explores the role of new technologies in representing and restructuring family relationships, beginning with 1970s video art by artists including Shigeko Kubota, Dennis Oppenheim and Ulrike Rosenbach.

Her book Drawing Degree Zero: The Line from Minimal to Conceptual Art (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019) argues that post-Minimal and Conceptual artists challenged longstanding presumptions about the practice of drawing, rendering it systematic rather than autographic, public rather than private, and conceptually rigorous rather than manually dexterous. By pursuing a neutral, anonymous drawing analogous to Roland Barthes’ “writing degree zero,” artists including Mel Bochner, Sol LeWitt, Rosemarie Castoro, Dorothea Rockburne, and Richard Tuttle made drawing central to the artistic experimentation of the 1960s and ’70s.

Lovatt’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Sam Taylor Fellowship Fund, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Henry Moore Foundation, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK. In addition to the scholarly articles and essays listed below, she has published art criticism in Artforum International. Curatorial projects include Bob Law: Ideas, Energies, Transmutations (Richard Saltoun Gallery, London, 2020) and Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature (Djanogly Art Gallery, University of Nottingham, UK; also traveled to the Parrish Art Museum, New York and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California). Her edited volume Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature (Hatje Cantz, 2013) accompanied this major survey of Stuart’s drawing practice.


B.A. History of Art with Material Studies, University College London
M.A. and Ph.D. History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Ph.D. History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London


ARHS 1302: From the Baroque to the Digital Age: Art and People of the Modern World
ARHS 1351: Visual Cultures: Art of the Selfie
ARHS 3381: Gender and Sexuality in the Visual Arts
ARHS 3380: History of Photography II: 1940 to the Present
ARHS 3387: Picturing Children and the Family in Art, 1850 to the Present
ARHS 4349: Undergraduate Seminar on Contemporary Art: Performance Art
ARHS 6351: Graduate Seminar on Contemporary Art: Affective Minimalism



Drawing Degree Zero: The Line from Minimal to Conceptual Art (Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 2019)

Michelle Stuart: Drawn from Nature (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2013). Edited by Anna Lovatt; essays by Alicia Longwell, Anna Lovatt, Jane McFadden and Nancy Princenthal; interview with Michelle Stuart by Julie Joyce.

Peer-reviewed Articles

“A Feedback Situation: Dennis Oppenheim’s Cybernetics of the Family,” Grey Room no. 80, Summer 2020

“An Underground Economy: The Collection of Ruth Vollmer (1903-1982),” Journal of the History of Collections, January 2020

“Janice Kerbel: Diagramming Desire” in Afterall, issue 37 (Autumn/Winter 2014)

“The Mechanics of Writing: Sol LeWitt, Stéphane Mallarmé and Roland Barthes,” Word and Image vol. 28 issue 4 (Winter 2012)

“Wavelength: Drawing and Sound in the Work of Trisha Donnelly,” Tate Papers 18 (Autumn 2012)

“Ideas in Transmission: LeWitt’s Wall Drawings and the Question of Medium,” Tate Papers 14 (Autumn 2010)

“On Ruth Vollmer and Minimalism’s Marginalia,” Art History vol. 33 issue 1 (Spring 2010)

“Dorothea Rockburne: Intersection,” October 122 (Fall 2007)

Book Chapters and Catalogue Essays 

“Drawing as Worldmaking” in Vitamin D3: New Perspectives in Drawing (London: Phaidon, 2021) 

“LeWitt’s Malfunctioning Machines” in David Areford ed., Locating LeWitt: Between the Mind and the Body (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2021)

“Merely Human: Blythe Bohnen’s Graphic Gestures” in Blythe Bohnen (Wellesley, Massachusetts: David Hall Fine Art, 2020)

“Radical Antinomies: Drawing and Conceptual Art” in A Companion to Contemporary Drawing (Oxford: Blackwell, 2020)

“Against Deculturation: Ana Mendieta in Cuba” in Ana Mendieta: La tierra habla (The Earth Speaks), (New York: Galerie Lelong, 2019)

 “From Boiling Water to Drawing: Castoro’s Inventories” in Rosemarie Castoro (Barcelona: Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2017)

“Blue in Art is Blue” in Ad Reinhardt’s Blue Paintings (New York: David Zwirner Gallery, 2017)

 “Time Waits for No Line: An Interview with Robin Rhode” in Sarah Burkhalter and Lawrence Schmidlin, Spacescapes: Dance and Drawing Since 1962 (Zurich: JRP Ringier, 2017)

“Exit the Self” in Simon Hantaï (London: Timothy Taylor Gallery, 2016)

“Traction: Dorothea Rockburne’s Sandpaper Drawings” in Drawing Then (New York: Dominique Levy Gallery, 2016)

“Turning” in Anne Truitt in Japan (New York: Matthew Marks Gallery, 2015)

“The Minimal as Spectacle: Contemporary Drawing and Installation Art” in Drawing in the Twenty First Century (Farnum: Ashgate, 2015) 

“In Pursuit of the Neutral: Agnes Martin’s Shimmering Line” in Agnes Martin (London: Tate Publishing, 2015)

 “Drawing, Withdrawing: Forms of Abstraction” in Richard Deacon ed., Abstract Drawing (London: Ridinghouse, 2014)

“The Migration of Meaning: Garth Evans’ Sculpture of the 1980s,” in Compton, Ann ed., Beneath the Skin: The Sculpture of Garth Evans (London: Philip Wilson Publishing, 2013)

“Rosalind Krauss’s ‘The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths,’ 1985” in Shone, Richard and Stonard, John-Paul eds., The Books That Shaped Art History: From Gombrich and Greenberg to Alpers and Krauss (London: Thames and Hudson, 2012)

“Drawing Across and Between Media” in Brown, Sarah, MacFarlane, Kate and Raikes, Sophie eds., Drawing: Sculpture (Leeds: Leeds Art Gallery, 2012)

“For an Adversarial LeWitt” in Baume, Nicholas ed., Sol LeWitt: Structures (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2011)

“Sightlines: On the Work of Anne Truitt” in Anne Truitt (London: Stephen Friedman Gallery, October 2011)

“Bob Law: Drawing Degree Zero” in Globus, Doro ed., Bob Law: A Retrospective (London: Ridinghouse, 2009)

“Yves Tanguy: Azure Day” in Curtis, Penelope ed., Sculpture in Painting (Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2009)

“A Space of Encounter: On the Paintings of Robert Holyhead” in Globus, Doro ed., Robert Holyhead: New Paintings (London: Ridinghouse, 2009)



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