Roberta Smith is the co-chief art critic of the The New York Times. She joined the Times in 1991 after writing for the paper as a freelancer from 1986-1991. Smith reviews museum exhibitions, art fairs and gallery shows both locally and across the globe.
Smith began writing criticism in 1972 and views her primary role as helping people see art. In addition to reviewing shows and fairs, Smith has also written on the need for free admission to museums, deaccesioning and the Google Art Project.
Smith received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for Art Criticism in 2003. She was born in New York City and raised in Kansas and is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa.