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J.M. (John) Bezold

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Kunstgeschiedenis

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  • Turfdraagsterpad 15
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  • Research Interests & Profile

    John Bezold (1985, Cincinnati) is an American-Dutch editor, researcher, writer, and journalist. His work is at the forefront of the latest advancements in design, art, technology, and architecture—offering a glimpse into the future of creativity and how it's evolving in the digital age, particularly utilizing digital publishing. John has collaborated with leading technology, design, art, and publishing organizations to help shape their editorial visions. Within academia, he researches art markets and art collecting practices, especially by museums during the first half of the twentieth century. John holds a BSc from the University of Cincinnati, alongside two master's degrees, from the University of Amsterdam.

  • Editorships, Articles, Books, Etc.

    Edited Journals
    Review Editor, Oud Holland, 2019–2024. Published 60+ reviews and established the digital publishing process

    Dutch Art & Design Today, 2022–
    Frans Hals Paintings—The Podcast, 2022-

    Book/Exhibition Reviews
    'Frans Hals in America: Collectors, Scholars, & Connoisseurs', Oud Holland Reviews (Aug. 2023).
    'Frans Hals: The Male Portrait', Early Modern Low Countries 6, no. 2 (Dec. 2022): 278-280.
    'Van de Velde & Sons: Marine Painters', Oud Holland Reviews (Nov. 2022).
    'The Frans Hals Family Portrait Exhibition', Oud Holland Reviews (Dec. 2020). 

    Book Chapters & Articles
    'Frans Hals Connoisseurs and Exhibitions: From Thoré to Today', (Haarlem: Frans Hals Museum, 2024). 
    'Gerard, Lina, & Jan Gratama als schilders en tekenaars', Eigenbouwerno. 16 (Nov. 2022): 22-33.
    'The 14 Hals Children', (Oct. 2021). 

    Edited Books
    Bezold, John (ed.). Basquiat: The Artist & His New York Scene (Heerlen: Schunck, 2019).
    –––. Un-Conscious-City (New York City: Actar, 2019). 
    –––. Crown Hall Dean's Dialogues (New York City: Actar, 2017). 
    –––. Ellen Kooi Above Rotterdam (New York City: Actar, 2016). 
    –––. Wiel Arets–Bas Princen (Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2015).

    Conference Papers
    'The Many Frans Hals Connoisseurs and Exhibitions: From Thoré to Today.' Frans Hals: A Survey of Current Research, Organized by the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, 8 January 2023.

    Popular Articles
    Bezold, John. 'The Creation, Curation, & Connoisseurship of AI Art',, Dec. 2022. 

    –––., 'Manifest Destiny: The Wild West & Post-Glitch Infused World of Artist Jon Cates',, Dec. 2022. 

    –––., 'Toward a Hybrid Modernity: The Metaversal World of Designer Luis Fernandez', MetaMundo, July 2022.

    –––., ‘Zelfreflectie: Niet alleen in de Verenigde Staten maar ook in China en Frankrijk doet men een poging de selfie als kunst te beschouwen.’ Museumvisie 4. 2018, 20-21.

    –––., ‘Amos Rex Museum in Helsinki.’ Museumvisie 4. 2018, 62-63.

    –––., ‘Bewaarplaats: In Nederland en België wordt hard gebouwd aan gloednieuwe depots met de allernieuwste technieken op het gebied van klimaatbeheersing.’ Museumvisie 3. 2018, 62-63.

    –––. ‘Vreemde Wereld: Door tentoonstellingen te populariseren, vergroten musea hun doelgroep. Rijk of arm, homo of hetero, bekend of onbekend: portretten bereiken nieuw publiek.' Museumvisie 2, 62-63.

    –––. ‘Op de Vlucht: Twee tentoonstellingen in Nederland belichtten het leed van vluchtelingen. Ook elders in de wereld blijft hun lot niet onopgemerkt.' Museumvisie 1. 2018, 62-63.

    –––. ‘Verjongingskuur: Musea verbinden hun collecties aan modern werk om hun relevantie te laten zien en bezoekers bij hun missie te betrekken'. Museumvisie 3. 2017, 63-64.

    –––. ‘The IJhal in Amsterdam's Central Train Station.' Domus no. 1007 (Nov. 2016): 60-71.

    –––. 'Oving Caps a House with Glass.' Mark Magazine. Apr./May 2015, 30-31. (Essay on preservation of a former guard's house at Camp Westerbork).

    –––. 'Paper Gallery: Ellen Kooi.' Elephant Magazine 20. 2014.

    –––. ‘Abandoned Amusements.' Mark Magazine. Dec. 2008/Jan. 2009, 156-163. (Essay on abandoned amusement parks in the USA, Korea, and Japan).

    –––. ‘Migrating Formations by CAP.' Frame. Jan./Feb. 2009, 75. (Exhibition review of MoMA’s ‘Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling’).

    –––. ‘Neri Oxman Interview: By experimenting with materials in an open-ended manner, Neri Oxman reshapes the look and feel of architecture yet to come.' Mark Magazine. Oct./Nov. 2008, 204-209. (Profile of MIT-based ‘new material’ architecture researcher, Dr. Neri Oxman).

    Frits Duparc Thesis Award 2017, Honorable Mention: Contrasting Connoisseurs: Attributing the Family Portraiture of Frans Hals (MA–Dutch Art 2015).

    American Friends of the Mauritshuis Researcher, Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis, 2016.

  • Ancillary activities
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