Emeritus Professor Alexander (Sasha) Grishin AM, FAHA Grishin

ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Art History 190102
  • Art Theory 190103
  • Visual Arts And Crafts 1905
  • Art Theory And Criticism 1901
  • Religion And Religious Studies 2204

Research interests

Nineteenth and Twentieth century art and contemporary art - especially Australian and European art
Medieval art - especially Byzantine and Russian art
Art theory and curatorship


Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2004;
Awarded: Order of Australia [Member in the General Division] citation: "For service to the visual
arts and to contemporary Australian artists as an educator, critic and writer, and as an art
historian" in 2005
Appointed to the Sir William Dobell Chair of Art History in 2006 citation "the University
recognises your pre-eminent national and international research, publication and teaching record.
This is in terms of not only the high quality of your research, but the large volume and sustained
nature of your contribution".
Awarded 2008 Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian
Learning & Teaching Council citation reading "For the creation of innovative and vocationally
orientated methods of teaching art history and curatorship".

Researcher's projects

Completing commissioned books and curatorial projects:

Multi volume publication on the travels of the late Byzantine monk Bars'kyj

Completing monographic publications on the  painter David Larwill, painter John Passmore and photographer Joyve Evans

Curating major exhibition for the National Gallery of Victoria looking at the art of George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley.

Available student projects

Postgraduate Supervisions by Sasha Grishin 


PhD supervisions (principle supervisor and chair of supervisory panel) completed and awarded:


Priscilla Henderson, Topic: ‘The Christian mosaics of Byzantine Palestine : towards an interpretation’ (1990)


Sue-Anne Flutter, Topic: ‘Byzantine Cappadocia : the planning and function of its ecclesiastical structures’ (1991)


Elisabeth Findlay, Topic: ‘Portraiture in early Victoria, 1834-1861 : a study of art and patronage in colonial society’ (1994)


Thea Exley, Topic: ‘Patronage by proxy : art competitions in Australia during the twentieth century’ (2000)


Shireen Huda, Topic: ‘Art auctions in Australia : their development and role in the Australian art market, with special reference to Christie's and Sotheby's’ (2003)


Bryony Wakefield, Topic: ‘Identity and process in the art of Bea Maddock’ (2004)


James Berryman, Topic: ‘From field to fieldwork : the exhibition catalogue and art history in Australia’ (2005)


Zoja Bojic, Topic: ‘Émigré artists of Slav cultural heritage working in Australia in the 20th century’ (2005)


Dimity Phillips, Topic: ‘Impressions of distance : a study of women printmakers practising in regional Australia 1993-2003’ (2006)


Diana Kostyrko, Topic: ‘Journal of an homme d'affaires : René Gimpel, 1918-1939: anatomy of cultural perception’ (2006)


Charlene Ogilvie, Topic: ‘The Aboriginal movement and Australian photography’ (2007)


Alistair Noble, Topic: ‘Aspects of the organisation of pitch and time in the early piano music of Morton Feldman’ (2008)


Anne Sanders, Topic: ‘The Mildura sculpture triennials 1961-1978 : an interpretative history’ (2009)


Brian Whitton, Topic: ‘         Modern painters of primal vision : visionary art and the idea of the ars symbiosis in modern Western (2009)


Anthea Gunn, Topic: ‘Imitation realism and Australian art’ (2010)


Steven Tonkin, Topic: ‘         Conceptual art and artists' books : an Australian perspective’ (2010)


Douglas Mackay, Topic: ‘Copying, parody, and pastiche in the early work of Paul Cézanne’ (2010)


Jane Kinsman, Topic: ‘         The prints of David Hockney : their cultural, authobiographical and artistic contexts’ (2011)


Jacqui Cheney, Topic: ‘The Mythology of the Uncanny as Theory and Practice in Australian Contemporary Art’ (2012)


Anita Strezova, Topic: ‘The Impact of Byzantine Hesychasm on Christian Art in Byzantine and Slavic Lands in 14th and 15th Centuries’ (2013)


Anita Pisch, Topic:  ‘The personality cult of Stalin in Soviet posters, 1929-1953: archetypes, inventions and fabrications’ (2014)


Denise Morgan, Topic:  'Roar: A Melbourne Phenomenon' (2015)


PhD supervisions (principle supervisor and chair of supervisory panel) ongoing:


Louise Dauth,

Tatiana Antsoupova

Jane Cush

Frances Thompson

Dianne Longley

Bree Richards


Masters and MPhils (principle supervisor and chair of supervisory panel) completed and awarded:


Bede Webster (2001)

Tracey Moore (2003)

Anne Sanders (2005)

Ken Miller (2006)

Tatiana Antsoupova (2008),

Ian Foster (2009)

Sylvia Jamieson (2010)

Penelope Royston (2011)

Tarryn Peacock (2012)

Lauren Tamburrini (2013)




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