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Mr J.M. (John) Bezold

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

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    John Bezold is specialized in Dutch Old Master paintings and drawings, and contemporary architecture and design. He joined the art history faculty at the University of Amsterdam in December 2018, where he is working on his PhD in Art History, with a project exploring the Haarlem portraitist Frans Hals’ studio and workshop practices as related to his pupils, five painter sons, and family. Earlier he received two master’s degrees; an MA in Dutch Art (specializing in seventeenth century paintings and drawings) and an MA(Res) in the Dutch Golden Age, and a BSc in Architecture in the USA (University of Cincinnati). He has also studied Scandinavian Architecture in Denmark (Denmark’s International School) and art history in Italy (Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut Rome; Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut in Florence). At the moment he is working on several articles related to Frans Hals, his family, and his peers in Haarlem. 

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    Edited Books
    Bezold, John ed. Un-Conscious-City (Actar: New York City, 2019). 
    Bezold, John ed. Ellen Kooi Above Rotterdam (Actar: New York City, 2016). 
    Bezold, John ed. Wiel Arets–Bas Princen (Hatje Cantz: Ostfildern, 2015).

    Popular Articles
    Bezold, John. ‘Bewaarplaats: In Nederland en België wordt hard gebouwd aan gloednieuwe depots met de allernieuwste technieken op het gebied van klimaatbeheersing.’ Museumvisie 3. 2018, 62-63.

    Bezold, John. ‘Vreemde Wereld: Door tentoonstellingen te populariseren, vergroten musea hun doelgroep. Rijk of arm, homo of hetero, bekend of onbekend: portretten bereiken nieuw publiek.' Museumvisie 2. Jun. 2018,  62-63.

    Bezold, John. ‘Reflectie op Mensenrechten: Twee tentoonstellingen in Nederland belichtten het leed van vluchtelingen. Ook elders in de wereld blijft hun lot niet onopgemerkt.' Museumvisie 1. Mar. 2018, 62-63.

    Bezold, John. ‘Verjongingskuur: Musea verbinden hun collecties aan modern werk om hun relevantie te laten zien en bezoekers bij hun missie te betrekken'. Museumvisie 3. Sept. 2017, 63-64.

    Bezold, John. ‘The IJhal in Amsterdam's Central Train Station.' Domus, no. 1007 (Nov. 2016): 60-71.

    Bezold, John. ‘Abandoned Amusements.' Mark Magazine. Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009, 156-163. (Essay on abandoned amusement parks in the USA, Korea, and Japan).

    Bezold, John. ‘Migrating Formations by CAP.' Frame. Jan./Feb. 2009, 75. (Exhibition review of MoMA’s ‘Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling’).

    Bezold, John. ‘No Joints Needed: By experimenting with materials in an open ended manner, Neri Oxman reshapes the look and feel of architecture yet to come.' Mark Magazine. Oct./Nov. 2008, 204-209. (Profile of the MIT-based ‘new material’ architecture researcher, Dr. Neri Oxman).

    Frits Duparc Thesis Award 2017, Honorable Mention: Contrasting Connoisseurs: Attributing the Family Portraiture of Frans Hals (MA–Dutch Art 2015).

    'American Friends of the Mauritshuis Research Fellow'. The research will be published in a forthcoming issue of Oud Holland, regarding the painting acquisition policy of connoisseur Ary Bob de Vries (1905-1983), the director from 1945-1970.

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