Matthew James Holman is a writer and academic.

Matthew’s research is primarily concerned with cultural policy, conflict and diplomacy, and his first book, Curating Modern Life: Frank O’Hara, the Mid-Century Museum & the Art of the Cold War, is forthcoming with Bloomsbury. His scholarship has been published, or is forthcoming, in Critical Quarterly, Essays and Studies, Textual Practice, The Journal of Modern Literature, The Oxford Art Journal, and Women’s Studies. His art and literary criticism has appeared in Apollo, The Art Newspaper, Burlington Contemporary, Frieze, Jacobin, New Left Review, Plaster, Poetry Review, The White Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. Matthew regularly writes essays for international exhibition catalogues and artists monographs, especially on contemporary painting, including on Jean-Michel Basquiat, Winston Branch, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Françoise Gilot, Megan Rooney, Gideon Rubin, Yves Tanguy, and Mark Wallinger. 

Matthew has held research fellowships at Yale, the Smithsonian, and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He has been the Terra Foundation for American Art Fellow at The Courtauld, and a Leverhulme Trust-funded Research Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies in Berlin. He has lectured extensively on art history and curatorial practice, including at The Barbican, The Guildhall, and The Slade, and has taught literary studies at several universities, including the Freie Universität Berlin, Queen Mary University of London, and University College London, where he completed his PhD in modern American poetry in 2020. His work as a community organiser and teacher, in non-selective state schools and Russell Group universities, has been recognised by awards from the HEA, HEFCE, and the AHRC. Matthew is currently Lecturer in Literature and Fine Arts at the University of Hertfordshire, and lives in London.

For enquiries, please email: matthew.james.holman@gmail.com