Online Texts and Podcasts

“Curating Coevality: Conversation Between Terry Smith and Tarek Elhaik,” Anthropology of the Image Laboratory, University of California Davis, October 28, 2016 at

Politika (Belgrade), May 4, 2015, at

“The Doubled Dynamic of Biennales,” Global Art and the Museum online site, Guest Author, March and April 2014.  Text of Keynote lecture, Busan Biennale Symposium, November 2013

“Contemporary Art: World Currents In Transition Beyond Globalization: Terry Smith and Saloni Mathur,” an edited transcript of a colloquium, Department of the History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, on October 17, 2012. In contemporaneity, #4.

“Worlds Pictured in Contemporary Art: Planes and Connectivities,” in Caroline Turner, Michelle Antoinette and Zara Stanhope eds., The World and World-Making in Art, special issue of the Humanities Research Journal, vol. XIX, no. 2 (July 2013),11-25.

“Proposal for a Museum: Terry Smith, “You can be a museum, or contemporary…” posted Feb. 5, 2013, at Open Space,

Orit Gat, “Art Theorist Terry Smith on his new tome Thinking Contemporary Curating,” posted September 18, 2012

“World Picturing: Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity,” lecture, and discussion with Professor Li Miao, Department of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, at Han Fen Bookstore of the Commercial Press, Beijing, August 2, 2012.  At********

“Meyer Schapiro on style in art and science: Notes from a Theory and Methods of Art History graduate seminar lecture course, Columbia University, New York, 1973,” Journal of Art Historiography, #7 (December 2012) (transcripts with brief introduction)  at  or 7-TS/1

“If Looks Could Kill Empires,” review of Nicholas Mirzoeff, The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011),”Public Books, website of Public Culture, posted July 18, 2012

“Biennials and Infrastructural Shift, Part 1,” ArtAsiaPacific, no. 79 (July/August, 2012):

“Experimentality: Theories and Practices,” Studies in Material Thinking, volume 08 (2011), issue on Experimental Arts edited by Jill Bennett, posted May 2012 at  Pdf here:  SMT_V8_P01_Smith


A Tribute to Bernard Smith, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, November 28, 2011

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Book Launch and Panel Discussion: Contemporary Art – World Currents

Sotheby’s Institute of Art – London, Wednesday 21 September 2011. Published by Laurence King, the book was launched by Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery.

“One and Three Ideas: Conceptualism Before, During and After Conceptual Art,” e-flux journal, #29 (11/2011), at

“Contemporaneity in the History of Art: A Clark Workshop 2009, Summary of the papers and discussions,” Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in the History of Art, no. 1 (June 2011),  3-34.

“The Art of Dissent: Ai Weiwei”, The Monthly, June 2011.

‘Inside out, outside in: changing perspectives in Australian art historiography’ Journal of Art Historiography, no.4 (June 2011)  4-TS/1

“Contemporary Art in Transition: From Late Modern to Now,” abridged introduction to Contemporary Art: World Currents, online at Global Art and the Museum, a website of the project led by Hans Belting.

Guest author of December 2010. At

“Anthony Gormley and the Reiths,” interview by Amanda Smith, Artworks, ABC Radio National, Sunday April 10, 2011. At

“The State of Art History: Contemporary Art,” Art Bulletin, vol. XCII, no.4 (December 2010): 366-383.   At

“What is Contemporary About Australian Aboriginal Art?” Inaugural John W. and Maria T. Kluge Distinguished Lecture in Arts and Humanities, University of Virginia, April 2008. Podcast.

“Emily Kngwarreye’s practice of painting: an international perspective,” talk given at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 23 August 2008, at the symposium “Why do those fellas paint like me …?” held in conjunction with the exhibition Utopia: The Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Podcast and online text.

“Currents of Contemporaneity: Architecture in the Aftermath”, Architectural Theory Review, Vol 11, No 2, 2006, full pdf

“Creating Dangerously, Then and Now” in (ed) Okwui Ewenzor, The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society (Seville: 2nd International Biennial of Comptempory Art Seville, 2006): 114-129. full pdf

“Bernard Smith – Changing the Way We See,” The Book Show with Julie Copeland, ABC Radio National, Sunday January 22, 2006.   Transcript.

“World Picturing in Contemporary Art: The Iconogeographic Turn”, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Art, Vol 6, No 7, 2005 and Vol 7, No 1, 2006, 24-46, full pdf

“Repetition: Kierkegaard, Artaud, Pollock and the theatre of the image.” A discussion with Samuel Weber, September 16, 1996, Power Institute of Fine Arts, University of Sydney, online text

“Writing the History of Australian Art: Its Past, Present and Possible Future,” Australian Journal of Art, 3, 1983, 10-29. Online through the Journal of Art Historiography, no. 4 (June 2011), at 4-TS/3

“The Provincialism Problem,” Artforum, XIII, No 1, Sept 1974, 54-9; reprinted in Malasartes(Rio de Janiero) No 1, Oct-Nov 1975. Online through the Journal of Art Historiography, no. 4 (June 2011), at 4-TS/2