Roberta Smith is a writer and art critic for the New York Times. She was born in New York City but grew up in Lawrence, Kansas. She graduated from Grinnell College and was awarded a fellowship with the Whitney Museum in New York City where she met Donald Judd. From there, Smith became interested in writing about art by beginning to write monographs of shows and works. In 1972, Smith began working at the Paula Cooper Gallery and at MoMA. It is during this time were she began to create her career and body of work by writing for Artforum. In 1986, she was hired by the New York Times as an art critic due to her numerous essays for catalogues and monographs on many leading contemporary artists at the time. Smith has now been writing for the New York Times for nearly thirty years now and has become a prominent voice/critic in fine art. Her clear and insightful writings of contemporary art in the U.S. have made her an important figure that can recognize, enlighten, and analyze important shifts in visual art of our time.