Associate Professor, Art History and Visual Communication Department Chair, Art History and Visual Communication

Ph.D. Université Paris X
M.A. Université Paris X
B.A. Université Paris X

Office: Lowerre Academic Center, North Campus, Office 15
Phone: +41 91 986 36 51

Gabriel N. Gee holds a PhD in contemporary art history from the Université Paris X Nanterre (2008). His doctoral research focused on Aesthetics and politics in the North of England from the 1980s onwards. His book Art in the North of England. 1979-2008 was published by Ashgate (now Routledge) in 2017. He joined Franklin in 2011, where he teaches contemporary art history and theory. His current research interests include 20th century British and Irish art, the changing representations and imaginaries of port cities in the second half of the 20th century, as well as interconnected global histories, with a particular interest in urban architectural representation. He recently edited with Alison Vogelaar a volume on the Changing representation of nature and the city: the 1960s-1970s and their legacies (2018). He is co-founder of the TETI group, for Textures and Experiences of Trans-Industriality (


2021-2022 Courses

AHT 102 Introduction to Art History and Visual Culture I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance FALL 2021
AHT 280 Contemporary Art: From the New York School to the Present FALL 2021
VCA 199 Desire and Consumption: The Photographic Image FALL 2021



Gee G.N, Art in the North of England. 1979-2008, London, New York, Routledge: an Ashgate book, 2017.

Gee G.N & Vogelaar A. eds, Changing representations of nature and the city: the 1960s -1970s and their legacies, London, New York: Routledge, (2018).

Book chapter:

Gee G.N. “Beyond Narcissus : The metamorphosis of port cities in the 20th century”, in Gee G.N & Vogelaar A. eds, Changing representations of nature and the city: the 1960s -1970s and their legacies, Routledge, 2018

Gee G.N. “Les navires de croisière entre narcissisime et passages de civilisations – 1880 - 1970”, in Christine Peltre, ed. Genèse de la croisière moderne. Les formes d’une expérience, entre loisir et découverte (1830-1970), Mare & Martin (forthcoming 2020)

Gee G.N. “The late 20th century marine: ‘forgotten spaces’ and trans-industrial visions”, in Terms, Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art, Beijing (forthcoming 2020)

Gee G.N. “From stone to flesh: the deconstruction and reconstruction of the British monument” in Monument et modernité dans l’art et la littérature britanniques et américains, Marc Porée & Christine Savinel, eds, Paris, Presses Sorbonne Nouvelle, 2015.

Gee G.N, “Markers, borders, crossings: on the representation of a divided space in Northern Ireland”, in Claire Dubois & Vanessa Alayrac-Fielding (eds), The foreigness of foreigners: cultural representations of the Other in the British Isles (17th- 20th centuries), Cambridge Scholar, 2015

Gee.G.N. “Learning from the post-industrial transition in Northern England: alternative developments in the visual arts (1979-2008),” in Cultural Economies in Post-Industrial cities: Creating a (different) Scene, ed. Myrna Breitbart, Farnham, Ashgate, 2013.

Gee, G.N. “Art without Commerce in the North of England”, in Art and Commerce in the United-Kingdom, Charlotte Gould & Sophie Mesplède (eds), Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Selected Articles:

Gee G.N, “Painting within itself: the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition”, Journal of contemporary painting  Issue 2, Vol.4, October 2018, pp.345-61

Gee G.N, “The metamorphosis of Cain: aesthetic in the trans-industrial city at the turn of the twenty-first century”, Visual Resources, Vol..4 October 2014

Gee G.N, “The catalogues of the Orchard Gallery: a contribution to critical and historical discourses in Northern Ireland, 1978-2003”, Journal of art historiography, n.9, 2013

Gee.G.N. “Malédiction et renaissance : lectures imagées de la ville du nord,” in Textimages, revue du dialogue texte-image, Varia 3, hiver 2013

Gee, G.N, “The representation of the northern city in the photography of John Davies (1981-2003)”, Visual Culture in Britain, Volume 11, Issue 2, December 2010.

Gee, G.N, “Valeurs instrumentales et valeurs de résistance dans l’art du Nord de l’Angleterre, 1979-2008” in Marges, “Valeurs de l’art”, Presses de l’université Paris VIII, n. 11, October 2010, pp. 76-80.

Gee G.N.  “Négocier les ‘Troubles’, la Orchard Gallery à Derry, 1978-2003” in Textuels, revue Lettres, arts, cinéma, Presses de l’université Paris VII, September 2010.