John J. Curley


John J. Curley
Associate Professor
Modern and Contemporary Art
Rubin Faculty Fellow
(336) 758-5080
Office: Scales Fine Arts Center 105
Research Website


John Curley (Duke University, A.B.; Yale University, Ph.D) teaches courses in twentieth and twenty-first century American and European art, as well as the history of photography. His research explores the ways that postwar art in both the United States and Europe intervenes into larger realms of visuaity, the mass media, and politics, especially during the period of the Cold War. These concerns are addressed in his first book: A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War, published by Yale University Press in fall 2013. He has also published essays on Willem de Kooning, Lothar Baumgarten, and on World War II photography in Life magazine and was a contributor to the catalogue of the international exhibition Warhol: Headlines (National Gallery of Art, Washington). His new project, Objects in the Age of Pop, reconsiders American and European sculpture of the early 1960s. His research has been supported by the Getty Research Institute, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), among others.

Selected Publications

A Conspiracy of Images: Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, and the Art of the Cold War (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013). 296 pages.

• “Bad Manners: A 1944 Life Magazine ‘Picture of the Week’,” Visual Resources 28:3 (September 2012), 240-263.

• “Breaking It Down: Andy Warhol’s Newspaper Allegories,” Andy Warhol: Headlines, ed. Molly Donovan (Washington: National Gallery of Art, 2011), 25-34. (Text translated into German and Italian.)

• “Gerhard Richter’s Cold War Vision” in Gerhard Richter: Early Work, 1951-1972, eds. Christine Mehring, et. al.(Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2011), 11-35.

• “Running on Empty: Willem de Kooning in the Late 1950s,” Modernism/Modernity 17:1 (Winter 2010), 61-86.

• “The Aroma of Photography,” Lothar Baumgarten: Seven Sounds, Seven Circles, ed. Kaira Marie Cabañas (Bregenz: Kunsthaus Bergenz, 2009), 54-69. (Text translated into German.)

• “Pure Art, Pure Science: The Politics of Serial Drawing in the 1960s,” in Infinite Possibilities: Serial Imagery in 20th-Century Drawing (Wellesley, MA: Davis Museum, 2004), 24-36.


ART 103. History of Western Art
ART 103. Survey of Western Art
ART 259. History of Photography
ART 282. Modern Art, 1890-1945
ART 284. Postwar/Cold War: Art 1945-2000
ART 285. Global Contemporary Art
ART 394. Issues in Art History
ART 396. Abstraction and Meaning: European and American Painting 1910-1965
ART 396. Sculpture in the Age of Pop Art
FYS 100. Painting/Photography: An Exploration of Images – offered once