Dr Vivien Gaston
Honorary Research Fellow
School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne
Vivien Gaston is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne and art historian and curator. She has been a lecturer in the history and theory of art and design at the University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT. She has curated two major survey exhibitions The Naked Face: self-portraits, National Gallery of Victoria (2010-2011) and Controversy: the power of art, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (June-August 2012) and is currently curating Sublime Sea: rapture and reality, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (opening December 2019). She has a special interest in portraits, working closely with the collection in the National Gallery of Victoria as Senior Research Associate for an ARC research grant, 2013-2016, and convening an international conference on portraits in 2016. She has published on subjects ranging from 16thcentury Italian painting to British and Australian portraits from the 18th to the 21st-centuries,including The Naked Face: self-portraits, NGV (2011) and The Long Portrait Gallery: Renaissance and Baroque Faces (2010), as well as numerous articles for journals including the Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.