Back to Biographies Elizabeth Rankin
University of Auckland, New Zealand
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Elizabeth Rankin was appointed Professor of Art History at the University of Auckland in 1998. Previously professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, she has contributed for many years to South African art history in both writing and curating exhibitions, with a particular interest in exploring the work of little-known artists who work outside the mainstream of established art institutions, and in media that have been somewhat neglected in the literature.

She has given special attention to printmaking, co-publishing and co-curating with printmaker Philippa Hobbs. They have co-authored Printmaking in a Transforming South Africa (National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 1997) and Rorke’s Drift: Empowering Prints (2003, with a travelling exhibition to eight South African centres, awarded the BASA award); and they are currently completing a book on the Cape printmaker and painter, Peter Clarke.
As well as many articles, Elizabeth has also published essays in monographs on printmakers Diane Victor in South Africa, and Rodney Fumpston, Anthony Davies and Marian Maguire in New Zealand.


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