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Black Art UK/US Art Monthly

Richard Hylton was born in London, England. Between 1987-1990 he studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design. In 2000, he was awarded an MA in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Visual Cultures.

Since the early 1990s, he has been actively involved in the visual arts sector, primarily as an exhibition organiser, working for a number of different public and independent organisations including Oldham Art Gallery, University of Bradford, Autograph (Association of Black Photographers), London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. He has devised, organised and facilitated the production of numerous national and international exhibitions involving a wide range of artists.

Hylton has over the past decade also produced a substantial number of publications and commissioned new writing for exhibition catalogues, brochures and monographs such as The Best Janette Parris and Doublethink: The Art of Donald Rodney. In 2002, after seven years of production, he co-produced with Virginia Nimarkoh, The Holy Bible: Old Testament, David Hammons’ first artist’s book.

In 2007, his book The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector, A Study of Policies, Initiatives and Attitudes 1976-2006, was published by University of Bath. He has also written articles on the politics of the visual arts sector in the UK and has recently published essays for two US-based journals, Critical Interventions: Journal of African art and visual culture and CAA Reviews.

In 2014, he was one of five curator selectors for the international exhibition Where do I end and you begin staged by Edinburgh Art Festival. The exhibition involved over twenty artists and included existing and newly commissioned works, which explored historical and contemporary concepts of the ‘Commonwealth’, ‘common-wealth’ and the ‘commons’.

Richard Hylton is currently Cultural Programme Curator at University for the Creative Arts (UCA), where he is responsible for devising, overseeing and supporting internal and external exhibitions and events across UCA’s campuses in Farnham and Epsom.

Exhibitions & Projects

2017Contemporary Art, Ethnography and the Western Museum: Perspectives from Britain
2016Merz – Die Kunst
2016Barbara Walker Sub Urban New Drawings
2015Julia Keenan - Vermillion Hue
2014Where do I end and you begin - Edinburgh Art Festival

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Publications

2016Barbara Walker Sub Urban New Drawings
2010Failure Whitechapel Art Gallery & MIT Press
2007The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector. A study of policies, initiatives and attitudes 1976-2006, published by the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), University of Bath [ISBN 0-86197-136-1]
2007Flying Down to Moscow by Rushton & Tyman, ed. Richard Hylton, published by Wild Pansy Press in collaboration with Unit 2 Gallery, London and Artis, The Netherlands [ISBN 978 1 900687 25 6]
2003The Best of Janette Parris artist monograph, (ed. Richard Hylton) published by Autograph [ISBN 1 899282 75 0]

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Writing

2017The Place is Here The Burlington Magazine Exhibition Review
2017Black Art UK/US Art Monthly
2016Barbara Walker Sub Urban New Drawings
2015The Image of the Black in Western Art Volume V- Review
2015Academic Choice - Craft Study Centre

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Biography

Richard Hylton was born in London and studied BA (Hons) Fine Art at Exeter College of Art and Design, between 1987-1990. In 2000, he received an MA in History of Art from Goldsmiths College, London, where he is currently a PhD candidate in the department of Visual Cultures.

Hylton’s involvement in the visual arts sector began in 1990 when he was awarded a prestigious eighteen-month Arts Council of England traineeship in exhibition organising, based at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle. The traineeship culminated in 1992 with his first curated exhibition, Shifting Borders a show involving eight artists from across Europe working in sculpture, film, photography, mixed media and installation to explore history and identity.

Since 1992, Hylton has been working in the visual arts sector as an exhibition organiser, lecturer, writer, artist and occasionally as a freelance curator. He has run contemporary art programmes for a number of public and independent arts organisations including Oldham Art Gallery (now Gallery Oldham), University of Bradford, Autograph (Association of Black Photographers), London Metropolitan University and the London School of Economics. He has devised, organised and facilitated the production of over thirty national and international exhibitions involving a wide range of artists and curators.

In 2014, he was one of five curatorial selectors for the international exhibition Where do I end and you begin, staged by Edinburgh Art Festival and which explored historical and contemporary concepts of the ‘Commonwealth’, ‘common-wealth’ and the ‘commons’. His other curated group exhibitions include Landscape Trauma in the Age of Scopophilia 2001, Discreet Charm 1996, Imagined Communities, 1996, Tampered Surface: Six Artists from Pakistan (with Alnoor Mitha) 1995, and Shifting Borders 1992.

As curator of Unit 2 Gallery, London Metropolitan University (2004-2009), Hylton was responsible for curating and facilitating a wide range of exhibitions including solo exhibitions by Mathew Houlding, Andrew Jackson, Anthony Key, Art & Language (curated by Chris Smith), Jim Medway, Victor Mount, Lady Lucy (curated by Eddie Chambers) Alicia Paz, Hana Sakuma, Ritu Sood, Rushton and Tyman, Salomé Voegelin and Barbara Walker. He was also involved in organising a number of public lecture events including What is Cultural Diversity? jointly organised by Eddie Chambers and involving Sarat Maharaj, Tamara Sivanandan and SAYITASITIS a two part series of artists’ talks on art and politics involving: John Jordan, Peter Fend, Virginia Nimarkoh, Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman, Robin Stott and Anthony Iles.

As curator at Autograph between (1999-2003), Hylton produced a number of projects such as the artist book, Album Pacifica by Mohini Chandra and monographs, The Best of Janette Parris on the work of artist Janette Parris and the posthumously published Doublethink: The Art of Donald Rodney. He also curated exhibitions such as The Two of Us- Eileen Perrier and Ann Marie LeQuesne, 1999 (in collaboration with Susie Gray, Pump House Gallery, London); Brown Leatherette by Jimmy Robert, Platform, London 2002.

As Fellow in Visual Arts, Hylton ran Gallery II, University of Bradford (1996-1999) where he was responsible for staging numerous exhibitions and projects including: A Bradford Atlas: Lost Empires/Salt Air, Salt March/Industrial Steps -Tim Brennan, 1997, Heads of State -Faisal Abdu'allah, curated by Bisi Silva, 1997; Night Vision- Adam Chodzko 1998; In a City- Julia Spicer; Concealed Vision, Veiled Sisters Sabera Bham; This is History -Tam Joseph curated by Eddie Chambers, 1998; Mutant curated by Kate Smith.

As a writer of art criticism he has published catalogue essays and articles for art journals in Britain and the USA, including Art Monthly, Third Text, Engage, Critical Interventions and College Arts Association (CAA). His book, The Nature of the Beast: Cultural Diversity and the Visual Arts Sector, A Study of Policies, Initiatives and Attitudes 1976-2006, was published by University of Bath 2007. In 2002 he co-produced with Virginia Nimarkoh, The Holy Bible: Old Testament, a limited edition artist book by American artist David Hammons.

Since 1995 he has been a member of the art rock trio Die Kunst (with David Mackintosh and Martin Vincent). Alongside studio recordings Die Kunst have also written and performed music for film screenings (The Golem by Paul Wegener and short films by Segundo de Chomòn) and site specific music such as Slow & Quiet/Loud & Fast (recorded at University of Liverpool’s, Acoustics Research Unit (ARU) anechoic and reverberation chambers, 1999); Life is Good (Rushton & Tyman, 2011) and Merz Barn, Elterwater with Graham Revell, (Littoral, 2014) (www.diekunst.org.uk).

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