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PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Global Mind Field – a cybernetic perspective, Casey, K., Smith, D., Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium of Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney. Edited by Kathy Cleland, Laura Fisher and Ross Harley. Published by ISEA International, the Australian Network for Art & Technology and the University of Sydney,
ISBN: 978-0-646-91313-1

SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS

Smith, D., ‘A.R.T – what does it mean?’, Willis, G., ‘The production of cultural presence’, in Process Presence, exhib cat., Words For Art, 2013, (Italian translation: Cristina Maras), ISBN -13: 978-0-9875155-0-6

Initiating Moonboy: Secret symbolism in Sidney Nolan’s ‘Snake’
, University of Tasmania, School of Art, 2012

Lindy Lee: Making Time, in Kent, R., (curator), Marking Time, exhib. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2012

Sidney Nolan and the Photographic Eye
, in Sidney Nolan: Desert and Drought, exhib. cat.,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2003

Nolan through Kelly, in Morgan K., & Smith D., Unmasked: Sidney Nolan and Ned Kelly 1950 - 1990, exhib. cat.,
Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne 2006


Art and Trust in Mexico, Design Research Institute, RMIT University, 2012


CONFERENCES / CONFERENCE PAPERS / PUBLIC TALKS

Conferences Colombia Australia: Cultural Connections in the 21st Century, RMIT Design Hub, 2013. Conference convenors: Colombian Foreign Ministry, Multicultural Arts Victoria, RMIT University; Conference Moderators: Trinidad Estay, Jill Morgan, Damian Smith

How white is our art? Melbourne Festival, Damian Smith in conversation with Lesley Alway, Bindi Cole, Michael Agar and Kobya, 25 October 2012, Fairfax Studio, Art Centre, Melbourne

Let's Shake: Art & Reconciliation
, Parliament of the World's Religions, Melbourne, 2009

Audience Development, Public Galleries Association of Victoria, Bendigo Art Gallery, 2007

From Artist to Curator, NETS Victoria Curator's Conference, National Gallery of Victoria, 2005

Damian Smith: Towards a philosophy of curating, Artist Forum: Pressing Issues, Castelmaine Visual Arts Biennale, La Trobe University, Bendigo, March 2011

Guest Arts Writer, Castlemaine Visual Arts Biennale, 2011

Mike Nicholls: Primitive Soul, public seminar, McClelland Gallery, July 2011

New Art From Tibet, Innovasian: Asian Art 1960 to now, Art Gallery of New South Wales, August 2011

ISEA International Symposium of Electronic Art, Istanbul, 2011, Delegate

Transitio 04, Mexico City, 2011, Delegate

Asia Story: Parts I: The Rise of Chinese Art, Art Melbourne in association with the China Australia Art Foundation, Melbourne, 2012 (Panel moderator - Damian Smith, Speakers – Tamsin Roberts, Yashian Schuable, Maggie McCormack, Song Ling)

Asia Story Part II: The Rise of the Asian Art Market, Art Melbourne in association with the China Australia Art Foundation, Melbourne, 2012 (Panel moderator - Damian Smith, Speakers – Melissa Kavanagh, Dr Annette Van den Bosch, Deborah Salter, Edward Sanderson)

REVIEWS

Deborah Edwards, (with Rose Peel et al.), Margaret Preston, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australian Review of Books, Melbourne, no.279/21. 2006

Lindy Lee: painting with fire, Art & Australia, Volume 49, no.2, December 2011

Nancy Underhill, (ed.), Nolan on Nolan: Sidney Nolan in his own words
, Viking Books, Australian Review of Books, Melbourne, no. 296/26, 2007

Roger Butler, The Prints of Margaret Preston: A Catalogue Raisonne, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Review of Books, Melbourne, no.279/21, 2006

Sophisticated Borrowings, (Margaret Preston), Australian Review of Books, Melbourne, March 2005


BOOKS / MONOGRAPHS

Contemplating the divine: the paintings of artist Vicki Grace, in Grace, V., Smith, D., Visual Prayers: Vicki Grace, published by Vicki Grace, 2012

Gary Willis and the impossible dream
, in Marsh, A., Smith, D., Willis, G.,
Diary of a Dead Beat Modern Art Type Gary Willis 1972-1982, Gulag Publishing, 2000

Matthew Bax A picture is a picture is a stupid little picture, in Pappas, A.., Smith, D., Matthew Bax, Pretty, litle, stupid pictures, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2012

Mike Nicholls – a powerful and indelible vision, in Crawford, A., Smith D., Mike Nicholls - A work in progress, published by Mike Nicholls, Printed by Hinkler Books Australia 2007 ISBN 978 1 7418 2060 7

The Portraits (Chap. 3), The Tasmanian Landscape (Chap.4), The Abstract Landscapes (Chap. 9), in Dyer, G., Pierce, P., Smith, D., Geoff Dyer - A Tasmanian Perspective, The Art of Geoff Dyer, Australia, 2008

Wayne Warren – something from nothing, in Dyer, J., Smith, D., Warren, W., Wayne Warren, China Art Projects, Beijing 2011

 

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES

An artist takes the tour: Anna Caione in Italy, exhib. cat., Gallery 101, Melbourne, 2008

Anna Pappas Gallery, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2011

Bayside: Live, Work, Play, exhib. cat., Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, Melbourne 2011

Bronwyn Thompson and the psychoanalytic imagination, exhib. cat., Uber Gallery, Melbourne, 2008

Carolyn Goldberg – Journeys to knowing
, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2007

Celia Ko – visiting the ancestors
, exhib. cat., That Moment Now, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 2009

Chandraguptha Thenuwara: An artist in the age of war
, Craft Culture: World: dialogues between cultures through craft, Melbourne, February 2006

China Art Projects at Melbourne Art Fair, exhib. cat., China Art Projects, Beijing, 2010

Chris Delpratt
, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2008

Confinis
, exhib. cat., Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2007

Co-variance, exhib cat. Counihan Gallery, Brunswick. 2013

Curator's Statement, in Heartlands - Refugee Fine Art Prize, exhib. cat., Multicultural Arts Victoria & AMES, Melbourne 2011

Curator's Statement, in Heartlands - Refugee Fine Art Prize, exhib. cat., Multicultural Arts Victoria & AMES, Melbourne 2013

Cutting Space: New sculptural works by Ewen Coates, exhib. essay, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Charting new terrain: Unseen histories in the art of Annabel Nowlan, exhib. cat., Anita Traverso Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Cyrus Tang: Scenes from the crystal city, exhib. essay, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Dependant Arisal in the work of Gonkar Gyatso, China Art Projects, Beijing, 2010

Digital Ghosts, exhib. text, Mass Gallery, Melbourne, 2002

Drawing the line - perspectives in contemporary Australian abstraction
, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2008

Gan Guan: Observing the senses, exhib. cat., Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2005

Gary Willis – Melbourne Moderne & Sam Fisher - The Emperor's New Border Protection
exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2007

Geoff Dyer, exhib. cat., Guangdong Museum, Guangdong, China, 2008

Heading North: Contemporary Asian Artists in Australia
, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne 2007

Huang Xu Fragments / Cultural Landscapes
, China Art Projects, Beijing, 2008, Arc One Gallery, Melbourne, 2008, October Gallery, London, 2009

In search of a perfect ceramic, in Smith D., 2004 Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramics Award in association with
La Trobe University, Shepparton Art Gallery, 2004


Jayne Dyer
, exhib. cat., Uber Gallery, Melbourne, 2008

Joanne Mott: Another Turn, exhib. cat., MARS Gallery, Melbourne, 2011

Judy Holding: Terra Australis, exhib. cat., Deakin University Art Gallery, 2012

Kate Anderson
, exhib. essay, China Art Projects, Beijing, 2008

Kate Anderson, Surface tensions in Venice & Beijing, exhib. cat., Barry Stearn Gallery, Sydney, 2010

Karen Casey – Casting Shadows / Drawing Light
, exhib. essay, Arc One at Span Galleries, Melbourne, 2003

Karen Casey – Convex/Converse: hands across the Pacific, exhib. text, New Zealand Academy of the Arts, Wellington, 2011

Karen Casey – Radiant, exhib. essay, Span Galleries, Melbourne, 2000

Karen Casey – Ripple
, exhib. cat., Span Galleries, Melbourne 2002

Lin Onus – Meaning of Life, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2009

Lindy Lee
, in Tempting God, exhib. cat., China Art Projects, Beijing, Stellar Downer Gallery, Sydney, 2009

Martin King – First Rain
, exhib. essay, Span Galleries, Melbourne, 2003

Martin King – South Georgia Island, exhib. cat., James Makin Gallery, Melbourne, 2007

Matt Coyle The Shades, exhib. cat., Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

OAO: Jesse Marlow, exhib. essay, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Owen Leong: Dreaming of Butterflies, exhib. cat., Birthmark, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

Paolo Consorti, exhib. cat., Uber Gallery, 2007

Paradise….a hell of a place, exhib. essay, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Petrus Spronk Meditations on a Korean Odyssey, exhib. cat. Shepparton Art Gallery, 20 May - 20 June 2004

Process / Journey, exhib. cat., Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China, October 2007

Project 12: This is not a love song, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2011

Rides a White Horse. Fear in the work of Kate James, exhib.cat. Kate James, Craft Victoria & Maroondah Art Gallery, 2010

Rod Moss: Dark days in the outback, exhib. essay, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne 2011

Sara Lindsay: Serendip: Tapestry and Works on Paper 1992 - 2006, exhib. cat., Ararat Regional Art Gallery,
Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, 2008


Sidney Nolan - A magnificent obsession, exhib. cat., Maroondah Art Gallery, 2009

Sidney Nolan Drought Photographs, exhib. cat., Australian Galleries, Melbourne 2011

South Georgia Island, in Hilary, P., and Smith D., South Georgia {sub Antarctica}, exhib. cat., MARS Gallery, Melbourne. July, August 2006, Dickerson Gallery, Sydney. November, December 2006, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong. 2007

Strathbogies {North-east Victoria}, exhib. cat., James Makin Gallery, 2009

Surveying the city scene: artists and the built environment, Urban Spaces Exhibition, Polish Art Foundation, exhib. cat., Steps Gallery, Melbourne, 2012

Tom Fantl. Searches Experiences Statements Time, exhib. cat., Span Galleries, Melbourne 2001

Tony Scott - Crossing the Bo Hai Gulf, exhib. cat., Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne 2002

Via Vai: Comings and Going, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick, 2004

Sifting Time…, Chinese Museum, Melbourne, exhib. cat., 2012

Post Eden, Today Art Museum, Beijing, exhib cat., 2010

Curator’s statement, 2012 Heartlands Refugee Fine Art Prize, AMES & MAV, exhib. cat., fortyfivedownstairs, 2012


PERIODICALS

Digital Ghosts, Imprint, The Quarterly Journal of the Print Council of Australia Inc., Melbourne, March 2002

For ceramics, think Shepparton, Coast & Country, Autumn Winter pp66-69, 2004

Huang Xu, Photofile Magazine, December 2008 - March 2009

Jill Orr – Under the Southern Cross, Trouble Magazine, April 2008

Kris Coad's journey…, World Sculpture News, Hong Kong, 2011

Martin King: a man for all seasons, Imprint, the quarterly journal of the Print Council of Australia Inc.,
pp36-37, Volume 45, No.2, Winter 2010

Peter Townsend. A view from the bar, Art Monthly Australia, Canberra, Issue 193, September 2006

Pressing Issues – 2011 Castlemaine Visual Arts Biennale, IMPRINT Magazine, 2011

Shepparton shows off ceramics, 50s Lifestyle, Issue No 8, Spring 2004

Smoke gets in my eyes: Gothic capitulation in the work of Samantha Small, Pat Foster & Jen Berean,
Photofile Magazine, Melbourne 2009

 

AUCTION CATALOGUES

Jeffrey Smart, Portrait of David Malouf, Deutscher and Hackett Auction House, Important Australian + International Art,
April 2011

Slave Dolls, Leski Auctions, Sporting and General Memorabilia, March 2011

 

WEB ARTICLES

Ping Pong: A curatorial perspective, Design Cue Issue 32: Research Spotlight, 2013

Charles Green and Lyndal Browne – Australia's official war artists, Centre for Contemporary Photography, 2009

Chinese Ceramics Through The Ages, Craft Victoria, 2008

Fear and loathing in Lhasa Vegas: new art from the roof of the world, Words For Art, Melbourne 2010

Kwok Mang Ho: The Frog King returns to Beijing, exhib. text., ME Photo Art Gallery, Beijing, 2010

 

BLOGS

Hello World!, wordsforart.blog.com, December 2010

Merde! Here's the art exchange, wordsforart.blog.com, January 2011

MONA opens to the public
, wordsforart.blog.com, January 2011

Gary Willis: the key issues concerning contemporary art, wordsforart.blog.com, January 2011

Robert Janz – artist, poet, sojourner, wordsforart.blog.com, January 2011

Sidney Nolan Drought Photographs, wordsforart.blog.com, February 2011

Castlemaine comes alive, wordsforart.blog.com, April 2011

Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre opens to the public, wordsforart.blog.com, May 2011

‘Let's Shake’ at Te Papa, New Zealand, wordsforart.blog.com, June 2011

Contemporary art in Wellington, New Zealand, wordsforart.blog.com, June 2011

ISEA opens in Istanbul, wordsforart.blog.com, September 2011

Santa Fe, New Mexico, wordsforart.blog.com, October 2011

Art & Trust in Mexico
, wordsforart.blog.com, November 2011

Downloading soon – digital art editions, wordsforart.blog.com, November 2011

Sifting Time….Chinese Museum, Melbourne, wordsforart.blog.com, April 2012

Art Fairs, Art Prizes, Art Books, wordsforart.blog.com, May 2012


WORDS FOR ART REVIEWED

Christopher Heathcote, Sidney Nolan Drought Photographs, Art Monthly, May 2011

Steve Meacham, The lost images of Nolan's artistic drought, Sydney Morning Herald, p7, 11-12 June 2011

Pio, Heartlands at Fortyfivedownstairs, Asian Art News, pp87-88, July/August, 2012

Robert Nelson, Art Melbourne 2012, Melbourne Age, 30 May 2012