Dept of History of Art | Staff | Associate lecturers | Dr Nickolas Lambrianou
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Dr Nickolas Lambrianou

Nickolas is a lecturer and writer on art history, philosophy and critical theory. He has taught at a number of institutions including Birkbeck, Middlesex University, University of the Arts, London and Tate Modern. Nickolas trained as a fine artist at Liverpool John Moores University and went on to complete his MA in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (Middlesex University). He completed his PhD at The London Consortium (University of London/Tate/ICA/Architectural Association).

He is currently working on a book length project on temporality and the artwork in pre- and post-conceptual practices.


Nickolas has contributed to a wide variety of academic and non-academic publications, including Mute, Radical Philosophy and Contemporary.

Notable publications include:

  • ‘Delay, Repeat, Mirror: Temporalities of the Image after the Post-conceptual Art Work’ in The International Journal of the Image, Common Ground Publishing, forthcoming 2017
  • ‘Are you now or have you ever been a bourgeois philosopher?’ Review of Michael Wayne, Red Kant: Aesthetics, Marxism and the Third Critique’ in Radical Philosophy, 192, July/August 2015.
  • ‘Altermodern: Movement or Marketing?’ in Mute: Culture and Politics After the Net, April 2009
  • ‘Neo-Kantianism and Messianism: Origin and Interruption in Hermann Cohen and Walter Benjamin’, in Walter Benjamin: Critical Evaluations in Cultural Theory, ed. Peter Osborne, 3 vols (London: Routledge 2005). Cited in Peter Osborne and Matthew Charles. .Walter Benjamin. (Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, 2011,

Research interests

  • Critical discourses of modernism and the avant-garde, 1870s onwards
  • Theories and debates in contemporary art practices and exhibition strategies
  • Repetition and return in modern art
  • Critical histories of location, architecture and monument
  • Theory and development of critical art histories in the 19th and 20th Centuries