Held at the Art Gallery on NSW on 20 July, 2016 to launch two new Power Publications – Hegel’s Owl: the life of Bernard Smith by Sheridan Palmer and the new volume The legacies of Bernard Smith: essays on Australian art, history and cultural politics

In this talk, Professor Terry Smith addresses the contemporary state of art history in Australia and internationally. He looks at the contexts in which art historians operate today. What are the prevailing, contending and emerging approaches to the discipline? What are the ongoing tasks, and the urgent issues?

Terry Smith 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. His most recent book is Talking contemporary curating (2015).