Ralph Body

Ralph Body

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


I am a PhD candidate in Art History. My research considers the significant role played by the art world networks of the South Australian artist Hans Heysen (1877-1968) in establishing, shaping and maintaining his career and reputation. These encompassed fellow artists, art critics, publishers, dealers, collectors and museum trustees and directors. Due to Heysen’s geographical isolation written correspondence played an essential role in his long-distance career management and his letters provide valuable insights into the importance of his networks.

I am a PhD candidate in Art History researching the art world networks of the South Australian artist Hans Heysen (1877-1968) with particular attention to his correspondence.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2013 Body, R. M. (2013). Of Uncertain Genus: Resituating John Buchanan. Art New Zealand, (145).
    2009 Body, R. M. (2009). The Doyen of Dunedin Art: Alfred Henry O’Keeffe’s Late Works. The Journal of New Zealand Art History, 30, 17-36.
    2008 Body, R. M. (2008). Review: Donald Bassett, Fix: The Art and Life of Felix Kelly. The Journal of New Zealand Art History, 29, 101-102.
    2007 Body, R. M. (2007). Lightweight? – Review. Scope: Contemporary Research Topics: Art, (2), 134-135.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2007 Body, R. M. (2007). Shifting Skins. In L. Plummer (Ed.), Modulations: Cantata Re Configured: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5: a multimedia installation series by Lyn Plummer. Dunedin: L. Plummer and R. Browne.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Body, R. M., & Spiers, O. (2016). Bookended: The first and last twenty years of Australian art magazines. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Work of Art - Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference. School of Art, Australian National University, Canberra.
    2015 Body, R. M. (2015). Distant vistas, urban art worlds: the role of Hans Heysen’s networks in establishing his reputation (c.1904-­1914). Poster session presented at the meeting of Image, Space, Body - Art Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual Conference. Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events

    Year Citation
    2012 Body, R. M. (2012). A. H. O'Keeffe: Light in the Shadows (No. Of Pieces: Exhibition of two months duration.) [Exhibition]. Dunedin Public Art Gallery.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2008 Body, R. M. (2008). Alfred Henry O'Keeffe in Retrospect: Paint and Personality: a thesis submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in Art History and Theory at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. (Master's Thesis, University of Otago).

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