Terry Smith

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Terry Smith was the 2010 winner of the Mather Award for art criticism conferred by the College Art Association (USA), and is the 2010 Australia Council Visual Arts Laureate. During 2001-2002 he was a Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and in 2007-2008 the GlaxoSmithKlein Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Research Centre, Raleigh-Durham. 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 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Book Prize 2009); Transformations in Australian Art, volume 1, The Nineteenth Century: Landscape, 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), and Contemporary Art: World Currents (Laurence King and Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011). He is editor of many others 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, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2005); Contemporary Art + Philanthropy (University of NSW Press, 2007), and (with Nancy Condee and Okwui Enwezor) Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, postmodernity and 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. See www.terryesmith.net/web/.