Art historian, art critic and exhibition curator, Jean-François Chevrier has been a Professor of History of Contemporary Art at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 1988.
He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the magazine Photographies (1982-85), general advisor for the Documenta X (1997).
Through 30 years, his main centers of interest have been the exchanges between art and literature in the twentieth century, history of photography, art since the 1960’s and architecture. Exhibitions and catalogues he has curated and co-edited include Une autre objectivité / Another Objectivity (London, Paris, Prato, 1988-9), Photo-Kunst (Stuttgart, Nantes, 1989-90), Walker Evans & Dan Graham (Rotterdam, Marseille, Münster, New York, 1992-4), Des Territoires (Paris, 2001), Art and Utopia: Limited Action. Modern Art according to Mallarmé (Barcelona, Nantes, 2004-5). He is currently preparing an exhibition on biographical forms in modern art (Madrid, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, autumn 2013).
Among his recent publications, a monograph on Jeff Wall (Paris: Hazan, 2006) and an expanded edition of his 1982 book, Proust et la photographie (Paris: L’Arachnéen, 2009).
A seven-volume anthology of his writings is in the process of being published by Editions L’Arachnéen: La Trame et le hasard ; Entre les beaux-arts et les medias: photographie et art moderne ; Walker Evans dans le temps et dans l’histoire (March 2010). Des territoires ; Les Relations du corps (January 2011) ; L’Hallucination artistique. De William Blake à Sigmar Polke (spring 2012). Œuvre et activité (2013).