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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Luke Smythe is a Lecturer in Art History and Theory in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.  Prior to commencing at Monash, he taught art history at Otago University and Wesleyan University.  From 2013-2014, he worked as a Curatorial Fellow in Postwar Art at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

His historical specialty is modern art from the postwar period until today with at present a particular focus on three subjects: the global evolution of modernism since the Second World War, identity art and its constraints, and the passage of analog media into the digital era.  His articles and essays, addressing these and other topics, have appeared in many journals and catalogues, among which are OctoberModernism/modernity, the Art Journal (U.S.), and Oxford Art Journal.  He is currently completing two book manuscripts: the first on the New Zealand artist Gretchen Albrecht (forthcoming with Massey University Press in 2019) and the second on the German painter Gerhard Richter.

In addition to his research and writing, he has worked on exhibitions at a number of museums and galleries, including the Chinati Foundation, Yale University Art Gallery and the Pinakothek der Moderne.

His work has been supported by the DAAD, the Fulbright Foundation, the Yale Centre for British Art, the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, and Creative New Zealand.

Keywords

  • Modern and contemporary art

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Research Output 2002 2019

Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture and Geometry

Smythe, L., 2019, Auckland, New Zealand: Massey University Press. 304 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Gordon Walters

Smythe, L., 2018, Dunedin Public Art Gallery Society Newsletter, 53 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationShort ReviewResearch

Employing Reason Wisely: Gordon Walters and European Modernism

Smythe, L., 2017, Auckland and Dunedin, New Zealand: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. 14 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCatalogueResearchpeer-review

'Live' Motion, Pure Movement and Liberation: Len Lye's Kinetic Imaginary

Smythe, L., 2017, The Long Dream of Waking: New Perspectives on Len Lye. Brobbel, P., Curnow, W. & Horrocks, R. (eds.). New Zealand: Canterbury University Press, p. 59-70 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Richter, Gerhard

Smythe, L., 2017, Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: Die Bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. Beyer, A., Savoy, B. & Tegethoff, W. (eds.). Munich, Germany: Walter de Gruyter, Vol. 98. p. 441-445 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopaedia / Dictionary EntryResearchpeer-review

Activities 2011 2019

Painting Politics Symposium

Luke Smythe (Invited speaker)
26 Jul 201927 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

External review of PhD thesis - UQ School of Architecture

Luke Smythe (Examiner)
15 Aug 2019

Activity: Examination typesThesis Examination

Gordon Walters: Employing Reason Wisely

Luke Smythe (Contributor)
12 Nov 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images, opening weekend symposium

Luke Smythe (Invited speaker)
15 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

University of Otago, Division of Humanities Research Network for Cultures, Histories and Identities Seminar

Luke Smythe (Invited speaker)
7 Aug 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

Impure First

Luke Smythe

1/07/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Review

Her True Colours

Luke Smythe

29/06/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Article/Feature

Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture and Geometry

Luke Smythe

20/05/19

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Review

Shaping Colour: Gretchen Albrecht

Luke Smythe

19/05/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture and Geometry

Luke Smythe

10/05/19

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Review