Sarah Wilson is Professor of the History of Modern and Contemporary art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Following The Visual World of French Theory: Figurations (Yale, 2010), Picasso / Marx and socialist realism in France, (Liverpool, 2013) radically extends John Berger’s Success and Failure of Picasso of 1965.
During 2012-2013 she held a Chair of Excellence at the Centre for the Cultural History of Contemporary Societies at the University of Versailles, Saint Quentin: her research project ‘Globalisation before globalisation: avant-gardes, academies, revolutions’ continues. She has recently been invited to curate ‘Artists discover China’ as part of the curatorial team for the first Asian Biennale, (China: Guangzhou), 2015.
She was principal curator of Paris, Capital of the Arts, 1900-1968 (Royal Academy London, Guggenheim Bilbao, 2002-3) and Pierre Klossowski (Whitechapel Art Gallery, 2006), touring to Cologne and Paris. A close relationship with the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris has extended throughout her career. Sarah Wilson was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres awarded by the French government for services to French culture in 1997.