Mr Allan Smith

MA, BFA, DipTchg

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Fine Arts


Allan Smith has taught art and design history and theory, and studio practice at several New Zealand tertiary institutions. He has worked as Curator at City Gallery, Wellington; and Curator, Contemporary Art at Auckland Art Gallery. His first appointment to Elam School of Fine Arts was to the Painting Department. He has written on a wide range of topics in contemporary art. Smith's research is grounded in his explorations of material and formal transformations of 19th and 20th century art and practice, which include interests in expressive tectonics in 19th and 20th century art and architecture, changes in image and sound technologies, concepts of collecting and accumulation in 19th and 20th century photography, and the varying conditions of painting in the era of late capitalism. He was the curator of the inaugural Auckland Triennial in 2001 at the Auckland Art Gallery and most recently curated “Running on Pebbles”, a 36 artist exhibition at the artist-run space Snakepit.

Research | Current

  • Art theory
  • Curation
  • Painting
  • Critical Writing

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Watkins, D., Miles, A., McWhannell, F., & Smith, J. A. (2017). Snorkeling and machines of loving grace: Denys Watkins and Allan Smith in conversation. Dynamo Hum (pp. 85-89). Auckland, New Zealand: Rim Books in association with Bath Street Arts Trust.
  • Smith, J. Provisional arrangements: Paul Cullen [Installation] Ilam Gallery, Ilam School of Fine Arts, Christchurch, New Zealand. 8/6/2016 - 30/6/2016
  • Smith, J. A. (2016). Little by little, soon a rich cloth: Painting everywhere and everytime. In N. Conland (Ed.) Necessary distraction: A painting show (pp. 33-37). Auckland: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
  • Smith, J. A. (2015). Julia Morison's Headcases. EyeContact [website - art forum]
  • Smith, J. A. (2014). Xin Cheng: Art as permaculture and localist utopia. Artlink, 34 (4)Adelaide, Australia.
  • Smith, J. A., & Cheng, X. (2013). Artist talks: Xin Cheng talks with Allan Smith in The Freedom Farmers exhibition in the Auckland Art Gallery. Auckland Art Gallery.
  • Smith, J. A. (2013). Struan Hamilton's Cartographies of Ruin. STRUAN HAMILTON [Artist's website]
  • Smith, J. A. (2013). Welded indicatives: The spatial constructions of John Panting. Art New Zealand (149), 94-99.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 4, Room 404
New Zealand