Terence Smith


105 Frick Fine Arts
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

F: 412-648-2792

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Terry Smith, FAHA, CIHA, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, National Institute for Experimental Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney. In 2010 he received the Franklin Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA) and the Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate Award (Commonwealth of Australia).

During 2001-2002 he was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angles, and 2008-9 the GlaxoSmithKline Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center, Durham, NC. From 1994-2001 he was Power Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the Power Institute, Foundation for Art and Visual Culture, University of Sydney. He was a member of the Art & Language group (New York) and a founder of Union Media Services (Sydney).

He is the author of a number of books, notably Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America (University of Chicago Press, 1993; inaugural winner Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Prize, 2009), Transformations in Australian Art, volume 1, The Nineteenth CenturyLandscape, Colony and Nation, volume 2, The Twentieth Century: Modernism and Aboriginality (Craftsman House, Sydney, 2002), The Architecture of Aftermath (University of Chicago Press, 2006),What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press, 2009),Contemporary Art: World Currents (Laurence King and Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011), and Thinking Contemporary Curating(New York: Independent Curators International, 2012).

He is editor of many other books including In Visible Touch: Modernism and Masculinity (Power Publications and the University of Chicago Press, 1997), First People, Second Chance: The Humanities and Aboriginal Australia (Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1999), Impossible Presence: Surface and Screen in the Photogenic Era(Power Publications and the University of Chicago Press, 2001), with Paul Patton, Jacques Derrida, Deconstruction Engaged: The Sydney Seminars (Power Publications, 2001) and with Okwui Enwezor and Nancy Condee, Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity (Duke University Press, 2008).

A foundation Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, he is currently a Board member of the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. In 1996 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Membré Titulaire of the Comité International d’Histoire de l’Art.


  • Talking Contemporary Curating
  • Making the Modern: Industry, Art and Design in America
  • The Nineteenth Century: Landscape, Colony and Nation, volume 2
  • The Architecture of Aftermath
  • What is Contemporary Art?
  • Contemporary Art: World Currents
  • Thinking Contemporary Curating