Contemporary Art Talks


“I had the good fortune to work with Anna Moszynska for 10 years as fellow tutor at Sotheby’s Institute. Anna is an erudite, articulate and immensely scholarly professional who is whole-heartedly committed to her students and learning. She is a superb and passionate communicator of even the most complex subject matter. The range and depth of her knowledge of contemporary art is hugely impressive, but it is her special gift of sharing it with her students in ever stimulating and engaging ways that marks her out as a brilliant teacher. Her academic writing and publishing career consolidates Anna’s reputation as a lucidly analytical and original thinker.”
Andrea Schlieker, Director of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Britain

“I absolutely loved the experience and haven’t stopped telling all my family and friends about it.  It was the right balance of formal instruction and exploration.  So much of post war art has puzzled and at times affronted me that I needed to be taken out of my comfort zone and taught to understand the inspiration, background and context and in this the course succeeded brilliantly.  I feel intellectually invigorated and I love the fact that a whole new area of experience has revealed itself.  I look forward to visiting a lot of the galleries we visited and will no longer feel intimidated by closed doors and smart young curators.”

Felicity Luke, Family lawyer and Mapping Contemporary Art participant 

“Anna is an insightful and erudite tutor with a deep breadth of knowledge and an infectious passion for her subject. Her teaching and insights gave me an unparalleled understanding of the contemporary art world.”
David Cleaton-Roberts, Director, Alan Cristea Gallery, London
“Anna Moszynska is a hugely experienced and engaging lecturer with an encyclopedic understanding of contemporary art. The author of widely-read books on abstraction and sculpture, she speaks with palpable authority on artistic developments of the last half-century and has an intimate grasp of the London art world.”
Dr Marcus Verhagen, Programme Director, MA in Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute, London and author of Flows and Counterflows: Globalisation in Contemporary Art
“I took a private tour with Anna during Frieze Week 2016 in London and enjoyed it immensely! Anna had so much to share with me, tailoring the lecture to cater for my needs and interests.
Having known Anna through previous lectures, I grew very fond of her teaching style and her elegant way of putting different bits of information into order, helping paint overall a clearer picture.
Anna helped me look at the subject in question (being the contemporary art scene in London) from different angles. Her lectures are both captivating and easy to follow, which can be extremely important for people coming from outside the UK. I feel very lucky to have met such a professional lecturer and I’m looking forward to join one of her future courses!”
Natalia Kravtchin, Student of Management and Gallery Business at the RMA Business School, Moscow
“Anna Moszynska sees the whole picture of contemporary art – its evolving traditions, its current conditions, its participants and locales. She is an ideal guide: clear-eyed, sure-footed, and a pleasure to hear.”
James Lawrence, critic and historian of modern and contemporary art

“Understanding contemporary art is difficult and requires patience but Anna’s longstanding experience and expertise means that she can package a work of art or a period in such a way that the student walks away with the golden nuggets of knowledge that help her or him to navigate the art system.   She is able to transmit her encyclopaedic knowledge of classical connoisseurship and nitty-gritty academic discourse in a hands-on and explicit way so that the student is never alienated yet also does not feel under-challenged.”

Dr Maxa Zoller, Art Basel Film Curator

“As an MA student at Sotheby’s Institute in London, I had the opportunity of getting to know Anna Moszynska as a dedicated teacher and scholar. Her passion for art translated, not only in the most detailed, pragmatic, and mind-opening lectures, but also, in the books she has written, invaluable references on the evolution of contemporary art.”
Anna Goldenberg, Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board
“Anna Moszynska has a true gift for teaching. Not only is Anna meticulously informed and up-to-date, but she is able to pinpoint the best examples and words to explain even difficult ideas. Never boring, never dumbing down, her lectures on contemporary art are a real joy.
Having taught with her for a decade, I know Anna as a person of rare intelligence, clear-headedness and sensitivity — a real inspiration.”
Gilda Williams, art critic, Artforum; lecturer, Goldsmiths College; and author of How to Write about Contemporary Art

Anna Moszynska

MA, History of Art, Courtauld Institute, University of London
BA (Hons), English and History of Art, University College London
(Rudolph Wittkower Prize for History of Art)

Anna Moszynska pioneered the study of contemporary art as an academic subject in the UK at Sotheby’s Institute where she directed the first courses during the late 1980s and oversaw the development of these into the MA in Contemporary Art in 1995.

Anna’s most recent book Sculpture Now – an international overview of the field since the mid 1990s – was published by Thames & Hudson in March 2013. Her other books include Antony Gormley Drawing (British Museum, 2002) and Abstract Art (Thames & Hudson) which first appeared in 1990 and has since been published in French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese editions. She has contributed to a wide variety of journals including Tate, Apollo, Arts Review, TLS and Art Monthly as well as writing for public and private institutions stretching from Berlin, Dubai, Aosta and Istanbul to White Cube and Tate Modern in the UK. Artists for whom she has written catalogues include Stephen Cox, Langlands & Bell, Vicken Parsons, Liz Rideal, Rebecca Salter, Estelle Thompson, Frank Nitsche, Thomas Scheibitz, and Eberhard Havekost.

Her extensive interests in the development of recent British, European, American and Middle Eastern art have placed her in high demand as a lecturer and she has taught in New York, Paris, Basel, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and southern France as well as at numerous institutions in Britain. She recently led the Royal Academy’s sell-out weekend course on their exhibition Abstract Expressionism with 80 participants.

Anna has reviewed over 30 exhibitions for BBC Radio; chaired symposia at the Tate Gallery and elsewhere, and served as a judge for the Jerwood Sculpture Prize. In October 2010, she curated an exhibition of Antony Gormley’s drawings and sculpture for the re-opening of MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Rome. Her most recent writing includes essays on the work of three abstract painters: Rebecca Salter, Rebecca Ward and Rachel Howard.