John Golding 1929-2012
13 April 2012
Posted by: Janine Catalano
It is with very great sadness that I announce that John Golding, alumnus, former faculty member and Honorary Fellow of The Courtauld, died on Monday night (9 April 2012).
Modernist art historian, critic and painter. Raised in Mexico, John Golding attended the University of Toronto, and worked briefly as a stage designer, before moving to London in 1951 to study art history at The Courtauld. John's dissertation, on Cubism, written under Anthony Blunt and Douglas Cooper, was published as a book in 1957 and he began teaching art history at The Courtauld in 1959. A much loved and highly influential teacher, John married the roles of both painter, academic art historian and curator. As a painter he worked in an abstract expressionist in style, exhibiting widely throughout his career, and had his first one-person (artist) show at Gallery One, London in 1962. In 1970 he and Christopher Green organized "Leger and Purist Paris" at the Tate Gallery. The following year, John joined the faculty of the Royal College of Art. He published the volume for the important Art in Context series on Marcel DuChamp's Bride Stripped Bare in 1973. He was appointed the Slade Professor of Fine Art, Cambridge University in 1978 and curated the landmark exhibition "Picasso: Painter/Sculptor" at the Tate in 1994. His most recent book, Paths to the Absolute, was awarded the Mitchell Prize for the History of Art in 2002.
John will be greatly missed by his many friends, colleagues and admirers.
Professor Deborah Swallow