DR Anthony G White

DR Anthony G White


  • 20th century art (Italian modernism and post-WWII American art)
  • Art and fascism
  • Art and mental illness
  • Art history (Modern Art)
  • Outsider art



  • 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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Member of

  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. President 2015 - 2019
  • Art Association of Australia and New Zealand. Ordinary Member 2004 - 2019
  • College Art Association. Ordinary Member 2005 - 2015
  • Art Association of Australa and New Zealand. Treasurer 2000 - 2004


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • Other Grants and Fellowships

    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 2012 – 2017 (Collaborator)

    Faculty of Arts Engagement Grant, The University of Melbourne, 2014

    Faculty of Arts Conference Support Scheme, The University of Melbourne, 2014, 2012, 2009

    ARC Linkage Preparation Grant, The University of Melbourne, 2006

    Publication Subsidy Grant, The University of Melbourne, 2009, 2005, 2004

    Harvard University Graduate Student Council Research Grant, 1999.

    Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Completion, Harvard University, 1997

    Charles Eliot Norton Travelling Fellowship, Harvard University, 1996

    Mellon Fellowship for Summer Language Study/Summer Research, Harvard University, 1995

    Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Harvard University, 1995



Education and training

  • PhD, Harvard University 2000
  • MA, Harvard University 1994
  • MA, University of Melbourne 1993
  • BA(hons), University of Melbourne 1991
  • BBus, Swinburne University of Technology 1985

Awards and honors

  • Community and Cultural Relations Committee Award, The University of Melbourne, 2006
  • Early Career Researcher Award, The University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Australian Postgraduate Research Award, Commonwealth of Australia, 1992
  • Australian Higher Education Scheme Postgraduate Scholarship, Commonwealth of Australia, 1991



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am currently interested in supervising topics relating to:
    • Modern art
    • Italian modernism
    • Art and mental illness
    • Outsider art
    • Art and fascism

    Current Primary PhD Supervisions

    Giles Fielke, "Hollis Frampton"
    Tara Heffernan, "Piero Manzoni"
    Amelia Winata "Charlotte Posenenske"