Dr Luke Smythe
Dr Luke Smythe is a lecturer in art history and theory.
Prior to commencing at Monash, I taught art history in New Zealand and the United States. From 2012–2014, I worked as a Curatorial Fellow in Postwar Art at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.
My recent research has focussed on three main topics: the global evolution of modernism since the Second World War, abstract cinema and somatic experience, and the passage of analogue art media into the digital era. Articles and essays, addressing these and other topics, have appeared in a number of publications, including October, Modernism/modernity, the Art Journal (U.S.), and Oxford Art Journal.
My book Gretchen Albrecht: Between Gesture and Geometry was published in 2019 by Massey University Press. Forthcoming projects include a monograph on the German painter Gerhard Richter and a special issue of the Journal of New Zealand Studies (co-edited with Rex Butler) on the New Zealand painter Colin McCahon.
As a curator, I have worked on exhibitions at a number of museums and galleries, including the Chinati Foundation, Yale University Art Gallery and the Pinakothek der Moderne.
To date my work has been supported by the DAAD, the Fulbright Foundation, the Yale Centre for British Art, the Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst, Creative New Zealand, and the Jennifer Gibbs Trust.