July - August 2008
Matthew Affron is associate professor of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art and director of special curatorial projects at the University of Virginia. A specialist in the area of modern art, Affron’s chief research focus concerns not only the painting of Fernand Léger, but also the artist’s ideas concerning the social function of art and his involvement with photography and propaganda. He is editor of Matisse, Picasso, and Art in Paris: The T. Catesby Jones Collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum (forthcoming, Richmond, 2009), and both catalogue author and exhibition curator for Fernand Léger: Contrasts of Forms (Charlottesville, 2007). Affron is also a contributor to the exhibition catalogue Exiles and Emigrés: The Flight of European Artists from Hitler (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1997). Affron’s Clark project will further his research for an exhibition devoted to the art and films of Joseph Cornell, to be co-organized for the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, with museum director Sylvie Ramond.