Gi l d a   Wi l l i a m s

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Based in London since 1994, New York-born contemporary art critic, editor and teacher Dr. Gilda Williams is Senior Lecturer on the MFA in Curating programme, Goldsmiths College (since 2009). She has also taught at the frieze academy and in the Guardian’s Masterclass series

Her book How to Write About Contemporary Art (Thames&Hudson, 2014), now in six languages, has been described as ‘the little red book everyone in the art world should have’ (Art Monthly, Feb 2015). Williams is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine and her writing has appeared in The Guardian, Time Out,  frieze blog, Sight and Sound, Tate etc., and more.

Williams has given talks worldwide, principally on her specialist area of interests (art writing; Andy Warhol): Tate Modern; Royal Academy; Serpentine Gallery; the ICA; NYU Abu Dhabi; Garage MCA, Moscow; Hangar Bicocca, Milan, and more 

Edited anthologies include ON&BY Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel Press; 2016) a selection of 50 key writings on and by the most influential artist of the 20th century and The Gothic (MIT/Whitechapel, 2007), on the Gothic spirit in contemporary visual culture, also the subject of her PhD (Open University, 2012).  

From 1994-2005 Williams was Editor and Commissioning Editor (from 1997) for contemporary art for Phaidon Press, London. In 2011 she was a judge on the Max Mara Art Prize for women artists; in 2014 a nominator for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists; in 2018 a judge for the Other Art Fair; since 2016 a member of the Whitechapel Ventures Board.

Dr. Williams is co-author of The Art Book for Children (Phaidon, 2005), which is translated into ten languages and was awarded an English Association prize for Best Non-Fiction Children’s Book in 2006.

See also Author’s Page, MIT Press;  Author’s Page, Thames & Hudson; Author’s Page,; Contributors Page, Artforum; Tags, frieze.
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from the archive: scenes from the Venice Biennale, 1993. Photos: Mario Gorni. (Thanks for digging these up Mario!)

Gilda Williams working with, l. to r., Francesco Bonami, Nicolas Bourriaud, James Lee Byars (1932-1997)