Jeremy Lewison is an independent curator working in London. He began his career as Curator of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge. From 1983 he worked at the Tate Gallery where he rose to become Director of Collections and was charged with directing the acquisitions programme and the programme of collection displays. He was a key figure in creating the conditions whereby it was possible to expand the Tate in London and was closely involved in the planning stages of Tate Modern. He also organised a number of exhibitions including Ben Nicholson, Brice Marden, Anish Kapoor and Sol LeWitt. He left the Tate in 2002 to set up as an independent curator and art consultant. He now advises the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris, a private collector in San Francisco and the Estate of Alice Neel.
He is currently the co-curator of the retrospective exhibition of Alice Neel that opens at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston in March 2010 (travelling to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London and the Moderna Museet Malmo) and is working on a show of late Turner, late Monet and Cy Twombly for the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. His exhibition, Capturing Time, opens at the Kadist Art Foundation in Paris on 12 September.
He is the author of many books and catalogues including Interpreting Pollock, Looking at Barnett Newman, Henry Moore and the catalogue raisonne of the prints of Brice Marden, which is now the standard work on the artist.
In his lecture Jeremy Lewison will focus on the differences in roles, responsibilities and missions between public collections and private foundations in the collection of modern and contemporary art. His talk will draw on his experience as director of collections of Tate and his experience as an art consultant and advisor to the Kadist Art Foundation.