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Charles Green

Culture And Communication
contemporary art
australian art
arts & humanities
war art
social sciences
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Charles Green

Primary Interest
Contemporary Australian and international art
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Charles Green


Charles Green is Professor of Contemporary Art in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Author of Peripheral Vision (Craftsman House, 1996) and The Third Hand (U Minnesota Press, 2001), he published a history of biennials in contemporary art, Biennials, Triennials and Documenta: The Exhibitions that Created Contemporary Art (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), with Associate Professor Anthony Gardner (Oxford University), assisted by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.

Lyndell Brown and Charles Green have worked in collaboration as one artist since 1989. They are based in regional Victoria. Their works are included in most of Australia's public art museum collections and many private and corporate collections. In 2007, they were Australia's Official War Artists, deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and between 2011 and 2014 worked on follow-up collaborations with artist Jon Cattapan (assisted by two Australian Research Council Discovery Grants) about the aftermath of Australia's wars since Vietnam, which the three artists exhibited in Melbourne across two galleries in late 2014, accompanied by a book (Framing Conflict: Contemporary War and Aftermath, Macmillan Palgrave, 2014). Dr Lyndell Brown is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. Visit Visit Charles Green is one of Australia’s foremost art historians in the area of contemporary international and Australian art, and an authority on biennials, on artist collaborations and on artist teamwork. He is also a well-known artist working always in collaboration with Lyndell Brown since 1989. His research has been supported by a stream of ARC (3 DPs), Australia Council (5 grants) and other grants and fellowships. He has published 4 widely-praised books, edited 6 books, published 36 book chapters, 18 journal articles and more than 200 essays and reviews in professional journals world-wide, including the world's leading art journal, Artforum. He has co-edited Australia's peak art history journal. As an artist he has held 40 solo exhibitions and has been included in 45 curated exhibitions at many of Australia's leading public art museums. In 2007 with Lyndell Brown they were Australia's Official War Artists, deployed in war-zones in Afghanistan and Iraq. Professor Green has undergraduate degrees and postgraduate research degrees in both art history and art practice, including a PhD in art history and a Masters in studio art practice. He has extensive experience in research collaborations in both art history and art practice. In addition, he has expertise as a curator of contemporary art (through a five-year, 2001-2006 appointment as Adjunct Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and has researched and published in the emerging area of contemporary art curatorship with the assistance of an ARC Discovery grant. He has become an expert on war art through his experience as a war artist in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has served on national arts organization committees, most the recently Commissioner's Council for Australia at the Biennale of Venice (2011-2018), and between 2013-15 as Deputy Commissioner).


Displaying the 9 most recent projects by Charles Green.



Project Types


Research Grant


Internal Research Grant

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 185 most recent scholarly works by Charles Green.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Bangladesh Biennale, Dacca, Bangladesh


Australia India Artist Retreat, Jaipur, India


Australia India Artist Retreat, Red Hill, Victoria


Harn Distinguished Scholar, University of Florida


Visiting Fellow, School of Humanities and Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin


Australian Official Artist, Australian War Memorial. Deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.


“Horizons” Parks Victoria Residency (co-researcher Lyndell Brown; residential research fellowship)


Gunnery Studio Research Residency, Sydney. (co-researcher Lyndell Brown)


Asialink/Sanskriti Residency, Delhi (co-researcher Lyndell Brown)


Power Institute Studio, Cité des Arts, Paris (co-researcher Lyndell Brown)


Visiting Fellow, Visual and Performing Arts, University of Western Sydney Nepean (co-researcher Lyndell Brown)






Culture And Communication


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Master of Arts (Visual Arts)

Monash University

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art)

Victorian College of the Arts

Diploma in Education

Melbourne State College

Diploma of Art (Painting)

National Gallery Art School