Anthony White is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on the history of modern and contemporary art. He is the author of Lucio Fontana: Between Utopia and Kitsch (MIT Press, 2011); with Grace McQuilten, of Art as Enterprise: Social and Economic Engagement in Contemporary Art (IB Tauris, 2016); and Italian Modern Art in the Age of Fascism (Routledge, 2020). He has written for several peer-reviewed journals including Grey Room, October, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, and Third Text, and for exhibition catalogues published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris; and the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. He is also a contributor to Artforum.
During his tenure as Curator of International Painting and Sculpture at the National Gallery of Australia from 2000 – 2002 he curated several exhibitions including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and Mexican Modernism; Sol LeWitt Drawings, Prints and Books 1968-1988; and Jackson Pollock’s Blue Poles. In 2008 he co-curated The Art of Making Sense at the Cunningham Dax Collection in Melbourne.
He has received several research awards from the Australian Research Council (2018, 2012, 2007) and the Ian Potter Foundation (2014) and was a named Collaborator on a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2012 - 2017). He has held visiting positions at the Department of Italian Studies, New York University (2013), The Centre for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts, Washington D.C. (2006), and the Humanities Research Centre at The Australian National University (2005). In 2014 he was elected President of the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand, and was appointed a Research Fellow in the Centre of Visual Art at The University of Melbourne in 2018.
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