Painting of a woman in a black dress pointing towards the ground

Natasha Staller

Natasha Staller’s A Sum of Destructions: Picasso’s Cultures & the Creation of Cubism was shortlisted for the Charles Rufus Morey Book Award – the annual book prize of the College Art Association, which considers books on art of all cultures and centuries. It won the Eleanor Tufts Award for the best book on Spanish art in English and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of the Year.

Selected other publications appeared in the Art Bulletin, Art History, The Art of Interpreting, ed.[Anthony Cutler and] Susan Scott,  Picasso the Early Years, 1892-1906, ed. Marilyn McCully, (exhibition catalogue, National Gallery),  Picasso: cine y arte, ed. Agustín Gómez, and artUS.

Staller lectures widely in the US and Europe, among many, at the National Galleries (London and Washington DC), Boston Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Frick Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Kimball Museum, High Museum, Museu Picasso, Barcelona, Museo Picasso, Málaga, Universidad de Málaga, as well as at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, the University of Chicago, the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU), University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Berkeley, Williams College, Shelby Cullum Davis Center (Princeton).

Films/ Media include featured speaker on ‘Les Demoiselles’, from the BBC series, ‘The Private Life of a Masterpiece’; in program on “Dreams and Visions,’ from PBS series, ‘Art Through Time: A Global View’, and in the film, ‘Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies’ -- based in part on her work on Picasso and the cinema -- director Arne Glimcher, edited by Sabine Krayenbuehl, produced and introduced by Martin Scorsese.

Education: BA, Wellesley College, (no Latin honors given at that time), Wellesley College Scholar. As an undergraduate, Staller studied harpsichord with Lola Odiaga and photography with Minor White. PhD Harvard.  Before Amherst, was visiting professor at University of Chicago and Princeton.

Honors (selected): Phi Beta Kappa. Harvard Society of Fellows, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, J. Paul Getty Fellowship (Whitney Humanity Center, Yale), Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship (University of Pennsylvania), Axel Schupf Fellowships (Amherst), Ailsa Mellon Visiting Senior Fellow, CASVA, National Gallery, (declined). John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (for Goya.)