Rhea Anastas is an art historian and critic whose scholarship has appeared in numerous books, catalogues, and journals. She is currently the interim director of the Master of Arts program in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, where she also serves as Assistant Professor of the Practice of Art Criticism. She is also a Visiting Critic in Residence in Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Anastas is currently writing a book about Andrea Fraser’s Untitled (2003).
From 2001 to 2008, Anastas taught at The Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture, Bard College. She was co-founder of Orchard—a cooperatively organized exhibition and event space in New York's Lower East Side, which ran from 2005 to 2008. Anastas co-edited Dan Graham: Works 1965–2000 and Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne. Recent articles include "The Artist Is a Currency," with Gregg Bordowitz, Andrea Fraser, Jutta Koether, and Glenn Ligon in Grey Room and "A Rendez-vous Under the Counter: On David Joselit and Gareth James at Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York," in Texte zur Kunst. Anastas received a BA and MA from Columbia University and a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.