Professor Gregory Minissale

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

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Assoc Dean Postgrad Research


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, and has been at the University of Auckland since 2010.

Research | Current

Recent Publications

Minissale, G. (2021) Rhythm in Art, Psychology and New Materialism. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. Pages: 300.

Minissale. G (2021) ‘Schizo-Dolls in Surrealist Art’.  In Surrealism and Critical Theory, Cambridge University Press, ed. Natalya Lusty. 10 pages.

Minissale. G. (2021) ‘Martin Creed’s Stacks’. In Martin Creed, ed. Elizabeth Schellekens. London: Bloomsbury Press. 10 pages.

Minissale, G. (2021) 'Esoteric and exoteric vision in South Asian miniature painting' World Art Journal DOI: 10.1080/21500894.2021.1911838. 5,000 words.


Teaching | Current

ARTHIST 204 Ways of Seeing Contemporary Art

ARTHIST 334 Ways of Seeing Contemporary Art

ARTHIST 231 Framing the Viewer: Twentieth Century Art

ARTHIST 331 Framing the Viewer: Twentieth Century Art

ARTHIST 725 Concepts in Contemporary Art

Postgraduate supervision



  • Time in Contemporary Art [VC’s Best Thesis]
  • Inter-subjectivity and choreographic practice
  • Art in the city, the city in art
  • The Crisis of the object in craft, design and art
  • Velasquez and Foucault
  • Thinking Matter
  • Bio Art
  • Questioning binaries in art: LGBLTIQ2+ artistic practices
  • Irony in Contemporary Indian Art
  • New approaches to understanding Rajasthani painting


  • Abject Textiles
  • 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


Art History Major/Specialisation Leader

Areas of expertise

  • Contemporary art and theory
  • Psychological and phenomenological approaches to art and materiality
  • Mughal art

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Sindhwani, S., Minissale, G., Weber, G., Lutteroth, C., Lambert, A., Curtis, N., & Broadbent, E. (2020). A Multidisciplinary Study of Eye Tracking Technology for Visual Intelligence. EDUCATION SCIENCES, 10 (8)10.3390/educsci10080195
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Shyamli Sindhwani, Anthony Lambert, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Law, M., Minissale, G., Lambert, A., Nater, U. M., Skoluda, N., Ryckman, N., ... Broadbent, E. (2020). Viewing landscapes is more stimulating than scrambled images after a stressor: A cross-disciplinary approach. Frontiers in Environmental Science, 1010.3389/fpsyg.2019.03092
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anthony Lambert, Elizabeth Broadbent
  • Minissale, G. (2019). The Queering of Action Man. Queer Objects (pp. 57-62). New York: Rutgers University Press.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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