Dr Gregory Minissale

PhD (SOAS, London), MA (SOAS, London), MSc (City University), BA (Sussex)

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Associate Professor


Gregory was born in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and studied art history and Italian at the University of Sussex. He completed his Masters and PhD in art history at the School of African and Oriental Art, University of London on the subject of cross-cultural encounters in art. He has taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA USA and London Metropolitan University.

Research | Current

  • Art theory
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Cognitive and psychological approaches to art

Greg is currently conducting research into matter and contemporary art, using art theory, philosophy, phenomenology and cognitive psychological approaches.

Teaching | Current

ARTHIST 115 Global Art Histories

ARTHIST 204 Contemporary Art and Theory

ARTHIST 231 Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art

ARTHIST 331 Framing the Viewer: 20th Century Art

ARTHIST 334 Contemporary Art and Theory

ARTHIST 725 Concepts in Contemporary Art

Postgraduate supervision


  • Velazquez and Foucault
  • Time and Contemporary Art [VC’s Best Thesis]
  • Inter-subjectivity and choreographic practice
  • Art in the City, the City in Art
  • The Crisis of the object
  • Thinking Matter
  • Bio Art
  • Irony in Contemporary Indian Art


  • Sculpture and Heidegger
  • Art and Representations of AIDS/HIV
  • Art and Trans Bodies
  • The Archive and Contemporary NZ Art
  • Susanna+Bathsheba: The Male Gaze 1250-1650
  • Feminist Approaches to Digital Art
  • Historiography and Contemporary Art
  • Menstruation in art
  • Urban Art
  • Sonic Art
  • Misogynist Responses to Tracey Emin's Art.
  • Fiona Connor
  • Cosmography in art
  • Entomology in art
  • Dance and Art
  • Authenticity in Contemporary Art
  • Neon Art
  • Peter Greenaway’s Last Supper


2013 Early Career Teaching Excellence Award.

Areas of expertise

Contemporary art and theory, psychological and phenomenological approaches to art and materiality

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Art History's Representative on the Humanities Research Committee

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Minissale, G. (2018). Global and local multistability in contemporary art. In C. Albu, D. Schuld (Eds.) Perception and agency in shared spaces of contemporary art (pp. 107-117). New York: Routledge.
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Problem Spaces in the Walters Prize. Reading Room: A Journal of Art and Culture (7), 126-146. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27388
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Becoming-cyborg. In L. Grabbe, P. Rupert-Kruse, N. Schmitz (Eds.) Cyborgian images: The moving image between apparatus and body (pp. 164-185). Darmstadt: Buchner-Verlag.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27387
  • Minissale, G. (2015). The Invisible Within: Dispersing Masculinity in Art. Angelaki : Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 20 (1), 71-83. 10.1080/0969725X.2015.1017378
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26164
  • Minissale, G. (2015). Performing the Curator, Curating the Performer: Abramović’s Seven Easy Pieces. In C. Jeffery (Ed.) The Artist as Curator (pp. 131-149). Bristol, UK ; Chicago, IL: Intellect.
  • Minissale, G. (2014). Revealing Freedom: Contemporary New Zealand Art at Auckland Art Gallery. Art New Zealand (149), 50-54. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27389
  • Minissale, G. (2013). The Psychology of Contemporary Art. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 407.
  • Minissale, G. (2012). Conceptual Art: A Blind Spot for Neuroaesthetics?. Leonardo, 45 (1), 43-48. 10.1162/LEON_a_00324
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26172


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 7, Room 749
New Zealand

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