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Dr Giulia Smith

Associate Lecturer
Giulia Smith

Giulia specialises in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on ecological and feminist aesthetics in Britain and the USA. Her research deals primarily with questions of technology, materiality, politics, subjectivity, wellbeing and welfare. In 2016, she received her PhD from the History of Art Department at University College London. Her thesis, ‘Regeneration in Postwar British Art and Architecture’, investigates the collision of Pop Art with proto-environmentalist and eco-feminist motifs. Between 2016–17, Giulia was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, where she worked on an ongoing book project on the ecological imaginary of the Independent Group.


In 2015–16, Giulia was Editorial Assistant at Oxford Art Journal. Previously she worked in the curatorial departments of The Drawing Center and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. She has organised public programmes in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Tate, South London Gallery and Arcadia Missa, London. In 2014, she co-curated Re-Materialising Feminism (ICA and The Showroom, London) and edited the accompanying catalogue (Arcadia Missa Press). She has contributed articles to British Art Studies, Oxford Art Journal, Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform and Object. Giulia has served as an art critic for Art Monthly, Frieze, ModernMatter and This Is Tomorrow.


  • The Courtauld Institute of Art, BA2 Constellations, Object, Subject, World: American Art 1945-1975
  • Goldsmiths University, MA, Reading the Performative
  • The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, BA2, Feminism and the Artist’s Body
  • The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, BA1, Black Art: What is it?

Research Interests

  • Western Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Post-internet art
  • Environmental art; ecology
  • Cybernetics; science fiction
  • History of welfare
  • Feminist art
  • LGBTQ+ art

Research Grants

  • 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles


  • 2017 ‘Smoke and Mirrors: Amalia Ulman’s Instagram’, article, Oxford Artistic and Practice Based  Platform, vol. 1 (Oxford University Press), 
  • 2015 ‘Painting that Grows Back: The Art of Magda Cordell, 1956–1961’, British Art Studies, vol. 1.,
  • 2014 ‘From Amoebas to Mutants: Nigel Henderson’s Camerawork, 1946-1952’, Object, vol 16. 


  • 2014, Giulia Smith, Rozsa Farkas et al, eds, Re-materialising Feminism (Arcadia Missa Press) 

Book Reviews

  • 2017 ‘Enough with Pop Art’, Oxford Art Journal, vol. 40, issue 3

Art Criticism

  • 2017 ‘Pills, Needles and White Coats: Contemporary Art on Healthcare’, forthcoming in Art Monthly 411 (November 2017)
  • 2016 ‘Fake It Until You Make It: Amalia Ulman’s Recent Work’, artist profile, Modern Matter
  • 2015 ‘Children, Knives and Animals: Marianna Simnett Talks About Her Films’, interview, AQNB,

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