Area(s) of Expertise18th/19th-century art history, Critical theory, Criticism, Print culture, History of art exhibitions
Dr. Whyte's research reveals legacies of eighteenth-century art and culture that are commonplace in and relevant to the early twenty-first century. He is currently writing a book on the role of printed matter in the Salon du Louvre exhibitions of the Ancien Régime. His other recent work addresses fashion, gastronomy, and cross-cultural exchange in eighteenth-century print culture. He has also written art criticism and essays for journals that include Artext, Artichoke, Border Crossings, C Magazine, Lola, New Observations, and Parachute.
PhD, History of Art, Department of Art, University of Toronto, 2008
MA, Art History, Department of Art History, University of Western Ontario, 2001
BFA, Art and Design, Department of Art and Design, University of Alberta, 1996
1998 Di/splay, Tableau Vivant Gallery, Toronto
1997 Painting Degree Zero, Latitude 53 Gallery Society of Artists, Edmonton
1996 Pascal's Terror, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton
1995 Spark Chamber, Anosa Gallery, Edmonton
1995 Ulysses Diary (installation with twenty-four hour performance piece), Anosa Gallery, Edmonton
1999 Transmissions: Deadlines (a fold of two, an entre-deux), with Yam Lau, Cold City Gallery, Toronto
1997 Syncrude Next Fest, Edmonton
1997 Four Aggregate Artists, Manifesto, Edmonton
1997 Pyroclastic, Commerce Place, with Aggregate, Edmonton
1996 Fireworks–96, Fringe Gallery, Edmonton
1995 How Does It Smell? Latitude 53 Members Show, Edmonton
Awards \ Grants
2014 Chercheur invité, Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris.
2013-2014 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity.
2013 OCAD University Research Seed Grant.
2012 Invited participant, Edmond J. Safra Colloquy, "The Academy of Painting and Sculpture in the Ancien Régime: New Perspectives," Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant, recommended for funding at the Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris.
2009 Getty Scholar Associate, Getty Research Institute.
2005 The Associates of the University of Toronto Travel Award (dissertation research based in Paris).
2005 Peter Brieger Fellowship (dissertation research based in the French provinces).
2002-2005 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Grant.
2002-2003 Iter Research Fellow in Art History, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, University of Toronto.
Book manuscript in progress, The Invention of Contemporary Art: Printed Matter and Spectatorship in the Salon du Louvre.
"Poetry for Show: Manuscript Verse in the Paris Salon du Louvre," Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (forthcoming)
"Le Cru et le cuit : la nature morte et l'imaginaire gastronomique de la cuisine française (XVIIIe siècle)," in Julia Csergo and Olivier Etcheverria, eds., Imaginaires de la gastronomie : productions, diffusions, valeurs, enjeux (forthcoming)
"Le Critique à table : Grimod de La Reynière et l'image de la gastronomie," in Julia Csergo & Frédérique Desbuissons eds., Le Cuisinier et l'art. Art du cuisinier et cuisine d'artiste (XVIe-XXIe siècle) (Paris: Institut national d'histoire de l'art /Menu Fretin, 2018), pp. 47-60.
"Pocket Museums: The Display of Art in Women's Almanacs During the First French Empire," in Heidi Strobel and Jennifer Germann, eds., Materializing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Burlington: Routledge/Ashgate, 2016), pp. 157-172.
Ryan Whyte and Jennifer Purtle, "China fabrizieren: Textile Chinoiserien aus St.Gallen," [Fabricating China: Chinoiserie Textiles from St. Gallen] in Michaela Reichel and Hans Bjarne Thomsen, eds., Kirschblüte & Edelweiss. Der Import des Exotischen (Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, 2014), pp. 57-93. Exhibition catalogue for the exhibition, "Kirschblüte & Edelweiss. Der Import des Exotischen," Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, March 23-December 30, 2014, marking the 150th anniversary of the opening of diplomatic relations between Japan and Switzerland.
"Exhibiting Enlightenment: Chardin as tapissier," Eighteenth-Century Studies, vol. 46, no. 4 (2013): 531–554.
Review of Simon Gikandi, Slavery and the Culture of Taste, in Journal of Curatorial Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2013): 125-127.
"Jean Locquin," entry in Philippe Sénéchal and Claire Barbillon, eds., Dictionnaire des historiens de l'art actifs en France de la Révolution française à la Première Guerre mondiale (Paris: Institut national d'histoire de l'art, 2012), 2500 words plus 2500 word bibliography (in French): https://www.inha.fr/fr/ressources/publications/publications-numeriques/dictionnaire-critique-des-historiens-de-l-art/locquin-jean.html
"Repeat Performance: Chardin's Aesthetics of Repetition in the Paris Salons," RACAR–Revue d–art canadienne/Canadian Art Review, XXXVI/1, (2011): 51-62 (double column).
"Understanding Painting, Print and Verse: Chardin's Le Négligé ou Toilette du Matin," in Christina Ionescu and Renata Schellenberg, eds., Word and Image in the Eighteenth Century: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008).
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Universities Art Association of Canada
College Art Association
Association for Asian Studies
Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation