Head Curator of International Art at Art Gallery of NSW, Australia
Justin Paton is Head Curator of International Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, one of Australia’s foremost public art museums. He was formerly Senior Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu in Christchurch, New Zealand. Paton’s curatorial projects have ranged from artist projects and monographic surveys (Kay Rosen, Julia Morison, Shane Cotton, Jeffrey Harris) to comprehensive collection rehangs in both Christchurch and Sydney (Conversations through the Asian collections, Brought to Light) to a program of art in public spaces following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Paton is a widely published author who has written many monographs and essays (most recently for Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria) as well as the Montana Book Award-winning How to Look at a Painting (Awa Press, 2005). In 2012 he was the recipient of the Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship for New Zealand writers. At the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Paton heads an international department including curators of photography, film, and contemporary and historical Asian art and Western art. This team’s focus in the immediate future is the Sydney Modern project: a new building, designed by Japanese firm SANAA, to open in 2021 beside the Art Gallery of New South Wales.