Jo Applin

Jo Applin is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, with a particular emphasis on American and British art since 1945. She studied at the University of Essex and at University College London (UCL), where she was subsequently Henry Moore Postdoctoral Fellow. She joined the Courtauld in 2016, after eleven years teaching at the University of York. From 2018 to 2021 she was Head of the History of Art Department at the Courtauld. Jo is currently an elected member of the Courtauld’s Governing Board and Director of the Centre for American Art.

Jo is the author of Lee Lozano: Not Working (Yale University Press, 2018), Alison Wilding (Lund Humphries, 2018), Eccentric Objects: Rethinking Sculpture in 1960s America (Yale University Press, 2012) and Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Room ‒ Phalli’s Field (Afterall and MIT Press, 2012). Her most recent book, Lee Lozano: Not Working, was awarded the Suzanne and James Mellor Book Prize from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. She is currently working on a book about art and ageing.

Jo’s edited books include London Art Worlds: Mobile, Contingent and Ephemeral Networks 1960–1980 (Penn State University Press, 2018), with Catherine Spencer and Amy Tobin, and Flesh (York Museums Trust, 2016). She has also co-edited special issues of Oxford Art Journal, Tate Papers and Art Journal. In 2016 Jo co-curated Flesh, a major loan exhibition of over eighty works at York Art Gallery; artists included Francis Bacon, Lynda Benglis, Belinda de Bruyckere, Chardin, Sarah Lucas, Steve McQueen, Bruce Nauman, Rodin, Donald Rodney, Rubens and Jenny Saville.

Jo is an editor of Oxford Art Journal, where from 2014 to 2020 she was Reviews Editor. She also sits on the editorial boards of Archives of American Art Journal and Tate Papers.