The Directors & Staff of Viktor Wynd Fine Art Inc are delighted to present a fantastic body of work by James Putnam in the Gallery.

James Putnam is an independent curator and writer. He founded and was curator of the British Museum's Contemporary Arts and Cultures Programme from 1999 to 2003. He was also a former curator of the British Museum's Department of Egyptian Antiquities (1985-1998). In 1994 he conceived and curated the groundbreaking exhibition, 'Time Machine' which involved juxtaposing works by contemporary artists with ancient sculpture in the British Museum's Egyptian Gallery. He also organized a different version of 'Time Machine' at the Museo Egizio, Turin in 1995. His book 'Art and Artifact - The Museum as Medium', published by Thames & Hudson in 2000, surveys the interaction between contemporary artists and the museum. He has curated an ongoing series of critically acclaimed projects with contemporary artists at the Freud Museum, London that have included Sophie Calle, Sarah Lucas, Ellen Gallagher, Tim Noble, Sue Webster, Mat Collishaw and Andreas Hofer.

From 2003-2004 he was Visiting Scholar in Museum Studies at New York University and since 2004 has been lecturer in Curatorial Studies at Certral Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. He has also curated exhibitions at Petrie Museum, University College London and was Associate Curator at the Bowes Museum, County Durham from 2004 to 2006. He was appointed curator of Arte 'all Arte 9, in Tuscany in 2005 and was on the curatorial committee for the 2006 Echigo Tsumari Triennial, Japan. In 2009 he curated 'Distortion' and 'Library' as Collateral exhibitions of the 53rd Venice Biennale. He was a curator for the Busan Biennale, S. Korea (2010). Most recently he curated 'The Knowledge' exhibition for the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) that included a new site-specific installation by Chiharu Shiota.