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Photo of Milena Tomic
Milena Tomic
Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area(s) of Expertise

Contemporary Art, Art Criticism, Critical Theory


Milena Tomic is an art historian and writer based in Toronto. Her research specialty is contemporary art after 1960, with an emphasis on quotational strategies. She completed her PhD at University College London and recently held a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University. Her peer-reviewed articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Word & Image, Oxford Art Journal, Tate Papers, OBJECT, and TOPIA. She has also written for frieze, Art in America, ARTMargins Online, C Magazine, Border Crossings, Fillip, Journal of Curatorial Studies, CritCom, and other venues.


PhD, History of Art, University College London (2008-12)

MA, Art History, University of British Columbia (2006-08)

BFA, Visual Arts, York University (2002-06)

Awards \ Grants

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014–16)

Inspired Teaching Award, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, OCAD University (2014)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2008–12)

Graduate School Research Projects Fund Travel Grant, University College London (2011)

Terra Foundation for American Art Research Travel Grant (2010)

University Graduate Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2007–08)

Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts, University of British Columbia (2008)

CGS Master's Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2006–07)

Faculty of Arts Grant Supplement Award, University of British Columbia (2006–07)

President's Scholarship, York University (2002–06)

Dean's Prizes for Excellence, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University (2004)

Selected Publications

Book manuscript (in progress): Corpse of Art: Quotational Networks in Post-Conceptualism from Yugoslavia, 1973–1992

Peer-reviewed article: –Reinvention as Parallax: Allegorical and Other Afterlives of Allan Kaprow's Un-Art,"Word & Image, forthcoming

Book chapter: Radenko Milak's Endless Movie, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, forthcoming

Review: Vanessa Maltese and Nathalie Du Pasquier at Cooper Cole, frieze, issue 182 (October 2016), in press

Review: David Maljkovi? at VOX, Art in America, vol. 104, no. 4 (April 2016): 121

Peer-reviewed article: –Biopolitical Effigies: The Volatile Life-Cast in the Work of Paul Thek and Lynn Hershman Leeson,"Tate Papers, no. 24 (Fall 2015),

Catalogue essay: –Dead Men Displayed with Their Pictures: Remediating Violent History in Radenko Milak & Roman Uranjek's DATES,"in Radenko Milak & Roman Uranjek's DATES 2 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2015), 7–24

Review: Charles Stankievech at Prefix ICA, Art in America, vol. 103, no. 11 (December 2015): 145–46

Review: –Hommage "Malevich: Black Square Continued, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, July 2 "September 6, 2015,"ARTMargins Online (October 16, 2015):

Review: Vera Frenkel at MOCCA, Art in America, vol. 103, no. 3 (March 2015): 166

Review: Mark Lewis at Daniel Faria, Art in America, vol. 103, no. 2 (February 2015): 113

Peer-reviewed article: –Fidelity to Failure: Re-enactment and Identification in the Work of Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy,"Oxford Art Journal, vol. 36, no. 3 (2013): 437–56

Peer-reviewed article: –Reframing the Invisible: On the Uses of –Bare Life"in Art,"TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, no. 22 (Fall 2009): 159–78

Peer-reviewed article: –Re-enacting OHO: Some Interventions in a Neo-avant-garde Field,"OBJECT: Graduate Articles and Reviews in Art History and Visual Culture, no. 14 (2012): 100–25