Angus Trumble - The Finger

Angus Trumble - The Finger

In discussion with David Hansen, returning Melburnian Angus Trumble - Senior Curator of Paintings for the Yale Centre for British Art - takes us through the finer points of his career and his professional preoccupations.

From his early failures as an aspirant artist to the origins of his most recent book The Finger: A Handbook, Trumble reveals how choosing the finger for his subject allowed him to, as Hansen put it, “graze widely in the fields of history”.


Portrait of Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble

Angus Trumble is the author of The Finger: A Handbook and Brief History of the Smile.

Portrait of David Hansen

David Hansen

David Hansen has worked as a regional gallery director, a State museum curator and an art auction house researcher and specialist; in 2014 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory at the Australian National University.

With over 35 years’ experience in the visual arts and museums sector, Dr Hansen has curated more than 80 exhibitions, while his writings on art have been widely published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, exhibition catalogues and books. The catalogue of his 2017 National Portrait Gallery exhibition Dempsey’s People won the 2018 William M.B. Berger Prize for British Art History.

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