Brian Bentley is an Art History PhD candidate at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University where he received his MA in 2013. His research focuses on Modern and contemporary art of the Americas. He is currently writing a dissertation on Brazilian new figuration and New Objectivity in the 1960s. He was Curatorial Assistant at NYU's Grey Art Gallery and at The Brooklyn Museum where he worked with the European, Pre-Columbian, and Native American collections. He holds a BA Honours in Art History from McGill University and is a recipient of the IFA Connoisseurs Circle Fellowship. He served as curatorial researcher at El Museo del Barrio and The Whitney Museum of American Art, and co-curated Intimate Matters, an exhibition of work by NYU Steindhardt BFA students in 2016. His writing is published in Paulo Bruscky: Artist Books and Films, 1970-2013 (Another Space, 2015). He was research assistant for Carolee Thea's On Curating II: Paradigm Shifts – Interviews with Fourteen International Curators (D.A.P., 2016) and Mário Pedrosa: Primary Documents (MoMA, 2015). He has lectured on panels including “A Dialogue About Antonio Dias” at the IFA in 2016, the 2018 Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress in Barcelona, “Pop América: New Figuration in Brazil and Beyond ca.1960” at the IFA in 2018, and “Special Session on New Research on Brazilian Art,” sponsored by the National Committee for the History of Art and held at the IFA in conjunction with CAA’s 2019 conference. He is currently co-organizer, for the fourth time, of the annual IFA-ISLAA Symposium for Latin American Art.