Dr Diana J. Kostyrko

B.A. (Art History & Curatorship), Hons, ANU; Ph.D. (Art History, Curatorship & Film Studies), ANU
Honorary Lecturer, Research School of Humanities and the Arts, ANU
College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Art Theory And Criticism 1901
  • Cultural Studies 2002
  • Consumption And Everyday Life 200203
  • Cultural Theory 200204
  • Art History 190102
  • Language, Communication And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified 209999

Research interests

Provenance research; Rene Gimpel (1881-1945) & Journal d'un collectionneur; Art and politics of collecting; Transatlantic art dealership; Rise of the modern European art market; Rhetorics of exclusion and inclusion; Politics of dominion and enclosure; Franco-American culture in the interwar period.

Researcher's projects

The Journal of a Transatlantic Art Dealer, René Gimpel 1918-1939 (monograph), Harvey Miller Publishers, an imprint of Brepols Publishing, December 2017, 360p, 1 col.+ 45 b&w ills, chronology, index, bibliography, 2xgenealogical tables, and a select database of artworks with provenance (under revision);

Book chapter: 'Taste', in A Cultural History of Collecting in the Modern Age, ed. Robert Jensen, Bloomsbury Academic's Cultural History of Collecting series (forthcoming);

Book chapter: 'Duveen', in Beyond Borders: the Key to Art Market Power, eds Vera Mariz and Lea Saint-Raymond (Lisbon: University of Lisbon), forthcoming, 2022;

Live Book Discussion: May 2021: 'The Journal of a Transatlantic Art Dealer: Rene Gimpel 1918-1939', hosted by The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA);

Paper: Dec. 2021: 'A Parisian in London & New York: An Accidental Art Dynasty' in Jewish Dealers and the European Art Market (1850-1930): Pt 2 (to be published with Oxford University Press, eds Thomas Stammers & Silvia Davoli);

Paper: Gulbenkian Cast as Dramatical Subject – Ravadjian! Calouste Gulbenkian: as model or anomaly? Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, conference Friday 15-Saturday 16 February 2019: Collecting Modus Operandi, 1900-1950, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the museum.

Paper: Mute Witness: the Polish Poetess (a gentle narrative of redemption), Cambridge University conference 23-24 March 2017: From Refugees to Restitution: the History of Nazi Looted Art in the UK in Transnational and Global Perspective.

Paper: ‘In Disgrace with Fortune’: a Transatlantic Courtier and Capricious Patrons, Christie’s Education, New York, symposium 17-18 March 2017: Pioneers of the Global Art Market: International Dealer Networks from the Mid-nineteenth through the Mid-twentieth Century. 

Book chapter: 'Can a Leopard Change its Spots? Rene Gimpel, Art Dealer', in Art Markets, Agents and Collectors: Collecting Strategies in Europe and the United States: 1550-1950 ed. by Adriana Turpin and Susan Bracken, (London: Bloomsbury Academic (Visual Arts), Contextualizing Art Markets series, April 2021.

Entries (2): The Art Market Dictionary, published by De Gruyter and Bloomsbury Academic, forthcoming (2023?).

‘In Disgrace with Fortune’: Transatlantic courtiers and capricious patrons (monograph, work-in-progress);

Database of artworks with provenance (ongoing work-in-progress), circa 1,800 annotated entries: an indispensable companion to René Gimpel’s Journal d’un collectionneur (2011), and Diary of an Art Dealer (1963);

‘Seeing Vermeer Everywhere: the Other Geographer’ (article reviewed, and under revision for publication);

Co-chair with David Challis, the University of Melbourne, of the Translocations sub-committee of The International Art Market Studies Association (TIAMSA).

2011-2012, I assisted with research on Professor Bronwen Douglas's ARC Discovery project: Naming Oceania.



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