Matthew Biro, Portrait by Phong Bui, 2015
Portrait of Matthew Biro. Pencil on paper by Phong Bui. From a photograph by Sally Bjork.


Matthew Biro is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, where he also served as department chair between 2010 and 2016. He is an expert in modern and contemporary art and the history of photography; and the philosophical questions he investigates have to do with the relationships between art (in a wide variety of media), technology, and identity. He is the author of Anselm Kiefer and the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger (Cambridge University Press, 1998), The Dada Cyborg: Visions of the New Human in Weimar Berlin (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), and Anselm Kiefer (Phaidon Press, 2013).

In addition to publishing frequently in academic journals on a wide variety of subjects, he has also written essays and reviews on contemporary art, film, and photography for a variety of magazines, including Artforum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, Contemporary, Art Papers, and The New Art Examiner. He is currently writing a book on the photographer Robert Heinecken; and since 2015, he has been Co-Director of the Michigan-Mellon Project on Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, a four-and-a-half-year series of symposia, courses, exhibitions, and publications, which is funded by $1.3 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Header: Beverly Fishman, Artificial Paradise, 2013, hand-blown glass, dimensions variable, detail. Photograph by Matthew Biro.

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