Richard Calvocoressi


Richard Calvocoressi is a director and senior curator at Gagosian London.  Since joining the gallery in 2015, he has contributed to the exhibitions Francis Bacon: Late Paintings in New York (2015) and Alberto Giacometti/Yves Klein: In Search of the Absolute in London (2016).

Born in 1951, Calvocoressi was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. He was Director of the Henry Moore Foundation from 2007 to 2015, and Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh from 1987 to 2007.  Before moving to Scotland he was a curator at the Tate Gallery (1979 to 1987).

In 2013 he co-curated the exhibition Bacon/Moore: Flesh and Bone at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.  In addition, he has organised exhibitions on, or published critical appraisals of, Georg Baselitz, Lucian Freud, Anselm Kiefer, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, René Magritte, Lee Miller, Joan Miró, A. R. Penck, and Jean Tinguely.

Since 2012, Calvocoressi has spoken at conferences in the USA, Great Britain and Germany on artist foundations.  In 2013, as Director of the Henry Moore Foundation, he organised a one day symposium in London, “The Artist as Philanthropist. Artist Foundations in the USA and Britain: An Emerging Force in Cultural Philanthropy”.  Speakers included Charles C. Bergman, Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Jack Flam, President and CEO of the Dedalus Foundation (Robert Motherwell), and Christine J. Vincent, Project Director of the Aspen Institute’s Artist-Endowed Foundations Initiative, whose pioneering research into this expanding field was first published in 2010.