Professor David Cottington

School: School of Critical Studies and Creative Industries
Position: Professor of Modern Art History

Biography

David Cottington studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford for a BA, and was an MA student at the Courtauld in 1970-2. After some years' teaching at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver he returned to study for a PhD at the Courtauld in 1978, and to write a thesis, completed in 1985, on 'Cubism and the Politics of Culture in France, 1905-1914'. For several years he led an MA course in '20th Century Art & Design: Histories & Theories' at University College Falmouth, where he was appointed its first Professor in 1994. He joined Kingston University in 2005, as Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture. The study of early 20th century Parisian modernism has until recently been his particular research interest. The objects of his current research are the the histories and theories of the avant-garde, in particular the avant-garde formations of Europe before the First World War (he is presently writing a book on those of London and Paris in this period, for Yale University Press), and the recent and contemporary growth of the 'creative industries'.

Research expertise

David Cottington is an expert on cubism and has published several books on this subject. He has also recently completed 'The Avant-Garde: A Very Short Introduction', a volume in the 'Very Short Introductions' published by the Oxford University Press, published in 2013. His other publications have included 'Cubism in the Shadow of War: The Avant-Garde and Politics in Paris, 1905-1914' (Yale, 1998), 'Movements in Modern Art: Cubism' (Tate, 1998), Cubism and its Histories' (Manchester, 2004) and 'Modern Art: A Very Short Introduction' (Oxford, 2005). Among many articles he has written, the most recent is 'The Formation of the Avant-Garde in Paris and London, c1880-1915', in Art History, June 2012.

David has become increasingly interested in the artistic 'avant-garde', both as a concept and as a historical formation. He is currently working on a book for Yale University Press, entitled A Tale of Two Cities; the Formations of the Avant-Garde in Paris and London, c1895-1915, it will explore the differences, and relations, between the discourses and institutional developments that shaped the emergence and consolidation of these formations. .This project is preliminary to a proposed international collaborative project, 'mapping' this emergence and consolidation, on a European (and ultimaely global) scale. This will identify a number of key typologies of the avant-garde groupings that appeared in the capital cities of Europe (and North and South America) in the pre-First World war period.

Teaching areas & responsibilities

BA History of Modern Art and Design (module leader, four modules)
MA History of Modern Art & Design (contributor) as Director of Studies (currently 4 students) and as second supervisor (currently 4 students)
Research Degree supervision, PhD and MA by Research.

Professional activity

  • 2012 - presentOpen University, Advisor for mock REF
  • 2011Middlesex University, Advisor for mock REF
  • 2011 - 2012External Examiner for a PhD, University of Westminster
  • 2011Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris
  • 2008 - presentExternal Examiner for a PhD, UCL
  • 2005 - presentPeer reviewer for Art Bulletin, Art History
  • 2003 - presentExternal Examiner for a PhD, Exeter University

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 1985PhD, History of Art London University (Courtauld Institute of Art)
  • 1972MA History of Art London University (Courtauld Institute of Art)
  • 1970BA(Hons) Philosophy, Politics & Economics Oxford University (St Edmund Hall)

Conferences & events

Cottington, David [Keynote] (2012), Picasso: Outros Criterios conference; 26 – 30 November 2012, Centro Universitario Maria Antonia USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Cottington, David [Keynote] (2011) Against All Odds Life Strategies conference; 19 – 20 January 2011, Athens School of Fine Art (amphitheatre), Athens, Greece.

Cottington, David (2009) Historicising the 'historic avant-garde'. In: Revising/revisiting the Avant-Garde.; 3 July 2009, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK.

Cottington, David (2009) Like mushrooms overnight: a conjunctural analysis of the emergence of the avant-garde. In: Historizing the Avant-Garde; 20-22 Nov 2009, Copenhagen.

Soon Choi, Gyoung, Oehlmann, Ruediger and Cottington, David (2008) Towards a framework for cross-cultural colour design. In: Seoul design conference; 9 Oct - 12 Oct 2008, Seoul, Korea.

Cottington, David (2008) Modernities, modernisms and avant-gardes: London and Paris 1900-1914. In: Modernity and Modernism in Fin-de-siecle Britain (1880-1914); 16 May 2008, Tours, France.

Choi, Gyoung Soon, Oehlmann, Ruediger, Dalke, Hilary and Cottington, David (2007) Discovering color semantics as a chance for developing cross-cultural design frameworks. In: 11th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Informational and Engineering Systems/17th Italian Workshop on Neural Networks; 12 Sept - 14 Sept 2007, Vietri sul Mare, Italy.

Choi, G. Soon, Oehlmann, R., Dalke, H. and Cottington, D. (2007) Cross-cultural comparison of color preferences between English and Korean subjects. In: 6th International Workshop on Social Intelligence Design; 2 July - 4 July 2007, Trento, Italy.

Cottington, David (2006) Cubism and Decoration: Life and Death. In: Cubism and its Environments; July 2006, Museu Nacional d'Arte de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.


Consultancy

Member, Scientific Advisory Committee, exhibition Picasso, Braque, Léger and the International Language of Cubism, Rome: Complesso Vittoriano, forthcoming March-June 2013.

Research groups & programmes

Research supervision


Publications

Number of items: 19.

Article

Cottington, David (2012) The formation of the Avant-Garde in Paris and London, c. 1880-1915. Art History, 35(3), pp. 596-621. ISSN (print) 0141-6790

Choi, Gyoung Soon, Oehlmann, Ruediger and Cottington, David (2010) Discovering chances for cross-cultural colour design. International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, 2(2/3), pp. 140-158. ISSN (print) 1755-0386

Soon Choi, Gyoung, Oehlmann, Ruediger and Cottington, David (2008) A study on cross-cultural understanding of color in design. Journal of Digital Interaction Design, 7(2), pp. 59-69.

Cottington, David (2007) Reading between the lines: Pettibon, Picasso and the future of drawing. TRACEY: Contemporary Drawing Research, ISSN (online) 1742-3570

Book

Cottington, David (2013) The Avant-Garde: a very short introduction. Oxford, U.K. : Oxford University Press. 136p. (Very short introductions) ISBN 9780199582730

Cottington, David (2005) Modern art: a very short introduction. Oxford, UK : Oxford University Press. 152p. ISBN 0192803646

Cottington, David (1998) Cubism. London, UK : Tate Gallery. 80p. (Movements in modern art) ISBN 1854372513

Cottington, David (1998) Cubism in the shadow of war: the avant-garde and politics in Paris, 1905-1914. New Haven, USA : Yale University Press. 256p. ISBN 0300075294

Book Section

Cottington, David (2013) Made in Paris: cubismo e avanguardia. In: Eyerman, Charlotte, (ed.) Cubisti cubismo. Milan, Italy : Skira. ISBN 9788857219035

Choi, Gyoung Soon, Oehlmann, Ruediger and Cottington, David (2010) Free Association versus Recognition: Sensitivity for Chance Discovery in Cross-Cultural Color Design. In: Lovrek, Ignac , Howlett, Robert J. and Jain, Lakhmi C., (eds.) Knowledge-Based Intelligent Information and Engineering Systems. Berlin : Springer. pp. 727-733. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science, no. 5178) ISSN (print) 0302-9743 ISBN 9783540855644

Cottington, David (2009) Modernities and avant-gardes: London and Paris 1900-1914. In: Harris, Trevor, (ed.) Art, politics and society in Britain (1880-1914): aspects of modernity and modernism. Cambridge Scholars. pp. 23-40. ISBN 9781443813648

Cottington, David (2009) Networks and boundaries of the early twentieth century avant-gardes: the Cubist House, the Omega Workshops and the 'cubist moment'. In: Glynne, Jonathan , Hackney, Fiona and Minton, Viv, (eds.) Networks of design: proceedings of the 2008 annual international conference of the Design History Society (UK) University College Falmouth 3-6 September. Baca Raton, USA : Universal Publishers. pp. 416-420. ISBN 9781599429069

Locke, Hugh [Interviewee] and Cottington, David [Interviewer] (2008) Hew Locke on drawing and sculpture : in conversation with David Cottington. In: Duff, Leo and Sawdon, Phil, (eds.) Drawing: the purpose. Bristol, U.K. : Intellect Books. pp. 107-117. ISBN 9781841502014

Conference or Workshop Item

Cottington, David (2009) Historicising the 'historic avant-garde'. In: Revising/revisiting the Avant-Garde.; 3 July 2009, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK. (Unpublished)

Cottington, David (2009) Like mushrooms overnight: a conjunctural analysis of the emergence of the avant-garde. In: Historizing the Avant-Garde; 20-22 Nov 2009, Copenhagen. (Unpublished)

Soon Choi, Gyoung, Oehlmann, Ruediger and Cottington, David (2008) Towards a framework for cross-cultural colour design. In: Seoul design conference; 9 Oct - 12 Oct 2008, Seoul, Korea.

Cottington, David (2008) Modernities, modernisms and avant-gardes: London and Paris 1900-1914. In: Modernity and Modernism in Fin-de-siecle Britain (1880-1914); 16 May 2008, Tours, France. (Unpublished)

Choi, Gyoung Soon, Oehlmann, Ruediger, Dalke, Hilary and Cottington, David (2007) Discovering color semantics as a chance for developing cross-cultural design frameworks. In: 11th International Conference on Knowledge-Based Intelligent Informational and Engineering Systems/17th Italian Workshop on Neural Networks; 12 Sept - 14 Sept 2007, Vietri sul Mare, Italy.

Choi, G. Soon, Oehlmann, R., Dalke, H. and Cottington, D. (2007) Cross-cultural comparison of color preferences between English and Korean subjects. In: 6th International Workshop on Social Intelligence Design; 2 July - 4 July 2007, Trento, Italy.

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Front Cover, Art History 35(3), 2012
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Front cover The Avant Garde: a very short introduction (Oxford University Press, 2013)
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Front cover Cubisti cubismo (Milan, Italy : Skira, 2013)