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Dr Alistair Rider

Dr Alistair Rider

Senior Lecturer

Researcher profile

Phone
+44 (0)1334 462372
Email
ajr1@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

Research areas

My research focuses on art created between 1950 to 1980. I have a special interest in minimalism in the United States, which is a tendency across the arts during this period for paring back and simplifying. Minimalism can be defined as an attempt to reduce a work?s ?artistic? element to a state that is perceived to be less than an expected norm. My first book was a study of the minimalist sculptor, Carl Andre, and addressed the complex, sociological underpinnings of this aesthetic impulse.

Since then, I have written on many aspects of art and culture from the 1960s and the 1970s, including concrete art, land art, computer art, and guerrilla art. In recent years my research has widened to address artists from a range of different countries, including Brazil, Germany, Poland, Italy and Canada.

My current preoccupation relates to art practices that appear to remain stable for relatively long durations. I am exploring artists who (1) commence a work with an understanding that they will persist with it until their death (2) remain stylistically consistent for long stretches of time (3) regard each work as part of a long-term series (4) decide to undertake an activity for an assigned amount of time, or (5) plan to create a work a day for an assigned amount of time, no matter what. In total, I am addressing the practices of around a dozen artists from a range of different countries, and the study spans a chronological range of around sixty-five years. This subject embraces an array of themes that are challenging to conceptualize, including duration, ways of living or forms of life, and the relationship between the individual and collective. Addressing seemingly routine and consistent approaches to art making also allows me to explore aspects of artistic practice more generally, and I see this research project as a contribution to ongoing discussions about the value of a conception of practice for posthumanist theories of the social.

Currently, I am completing an extended study on the US minimalist painter, James Howell ? an artist who devoted over twenty-five years of his life to depicting the grey spectrum. This will be published as a monograph in either 2020 or 2021. 

If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research at St Andrews on any topic that intersects with my research focus, please do send me an email. 

PhD supervision

  • Ramsay MacKenzie-Dodds
  • Clare Fisher

Selected publications

  • The longevity of Roman Opalka

    Rider, A., 1 Sep 2016, In : Art History. 39, 4, p. 820-839 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • 'We fragile humans': Rubinoff, witnessing and the sculptural encounter

    Rider, A., Sep 2016, The Art of Jeffrey Rubinoff. Fox, J. (ed.). Douglas & McIntyre, p. 75-92

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Carl Andre in his time

    Rider, A., 15 Sep 2015, Carl Andre in his Time. New York: Mnuchin Gallery, p. 7-14 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • The concreteness of concrete art

    Rider, A., 2015, In : Parallax. 21, 3, p. 340-352

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • On Kawara: New York

    Rider, A., Jun 2015, Burlington Magazine, CLVII, p. 439-440 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publication ? Book/Film/Article review

  • The routine art

    Rider, A., 19 Apr 2016, Specialism. Blamey, D. (ed.). London: Open Editions, p. 100-110 10 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter (peer-reviewed)

  • The skin is a screen

    Rider, A., Mar 2016, Diana Al-Hadid: Phantom Limb. Alison, M. (ed.). Abu Dhabi: NYUAD Gallery

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Carl Andre's Poetry and the Mapping of Media

    Rider, A., 2012, In : Word & Image. 28, 4, p. 397-408 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journal ? Article

  • Manfred Mohr: Scripted Variations

    Rider, A., 16 Nov 2012, Manfred Mohr: one and zero. London: Carroll / Fletcher, p. 50-57 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding ? Chapter

  • Carl Andre: Things in their Elements

    Rider, A., 15 May 2011, London: Phaidon Press. 272 p.

    Research output: Book/Report ? Book

 

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