Gi l d a   Wi l l i a m s

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Since 1994 Williams has lived in London and followed new British art. She is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine.
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Charles Avery: To Make a Tree, 2013, in conversation, June 2013, Whitechapel Art Gallery., London

in conversation with Richard Deacon, 3 Mar, Plinth, London

‘Curatorial Directions: Writing the Exhibition’, day course, MAC, Belfast

moderator, ‘The Sculpture Question’, Folkestone Triennial

nominator, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists, London

panelist, An Insider’s Guide to the Art World: Art Critics, White Cube Bermondsey/IESA event, with Jennifer Higgie, Brian Dillon, and Michael Bracewell 

Panel discussion with artist Nina Danino ‘Communion’, Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead, London

Giorgio Sadotti, artist’s talk at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

Jockum Nordstrum and Emma Hart, artist’s talk at Camden Arts Centre, London 

Charles Avery, artist’s talk at Whitechapel Gallery

Craneway Event by Tacita Dean, Barbican Art Gallery, London

Matt Bryans, artists talk, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London

‘Interview with Grayson Perry’, for, on ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’

‘Fiona Rae: Maybe you can live on the moon in the next century’, gallery talk, Leeds Art Gallery

‘Culture Now: Jane and Louise Wilson’, ICA talks, London, March

‘In conversation with Alice Channer’, South London Gallery

‘In conversation with George Shaw’, South London Gallery 

Folkestone Biennial Tour, summer 

‘Late at Tate’, Tate Britain gallery talk, on Sarah Lucas

Judge, Max Mara Art Prize, Laure Prouvost, The Whitechapel Gallery, London 

‘Critic’s Circle: British Art Show 7’, Nottingham Contemporary, Nov, with JJ Charlesworth and Sam Thorne.

Art Monthly Debates: For and Against the Interview’ , with Julian Stallabrass and Sally O’Reilly. 

Talk with Yinka Shonibare MBE, BP Art Lecture Award, Tate Britain, London. 

‘In conversation: John Stezaker’, Stanley Picker Public Lectures, Kingston University, London

‘Damien Hirst: Murderme Collection’, gallery talk, Serpentine Gallery, London

‘Gillian Wearing’, gallery talk, Whitechapel Art gallery, London 

‘Days Like These; Tate Triennial’, symposium, Tate Modern, London 

Oxford University Press art prize, Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University

‘Jane and Louise Wilson’, gallery talk, Serpentine Gallery, London

‘New Art for Cool Britannia’, panel, Culture Wars symposium, Riverside Studios, London

‘New British Art’, roundtable discussion, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

‘Beyond the Artist, A London Biennale?’, panel, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
fig. 2, ICA, London, with Louisa Buck, Caroline Douglas, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Catherine Wood. curated by Fatos Ustek. Black Dog Publishing


‘Charles Avery’, Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

Giorgio Sadotti, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen

‘Hannah Collins’, Sprengel Museum Hannover; Camden Arts Centre, London

‘Rebecca Jewell’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York (with Jonathan Franzen)

‘Shades of Modern Gothic’ in Victoriana: The Art of Revival - A Miscellany Guildhall Gallery, London

‘Sarah Lucas: Ordinary Things’, with Anne Wagner and Deborah Orr, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds

‘Fiona Rae: Maybe You Can Live on the Moon in the Next Century’, Leeds Arts Gallery
‘Vanitas: The Transience of Earthly Pleasures’, All Visual Arts, London
‘Jonathan Wateridge: Another Place’, All Visual Arts, London
‘Giorgio Sadotti’, Milton Keynes Gallery, UK
‘Jodie Carey’, Towner Gallery, London 	
‘Siobhan Hapaska’, (File Notes series) Camden Arts Centre, London 
‘London Orphan Asylum’, Openspace, Milan (with Clare Manchester)
‘Twisted’, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, text on David Thorpe
‘The Double’, catalogue for the museum’s inaugural exhibition, The Lowry, Salford
‘Becks Futures’, ICA, London, contribution on Elizabeth Wright
‘XLVII Venice Biennale’, contribution on Roderick Buchanon 
‘The Richard Hough Bursary’, Roderick Buchanon, Alan Currall, Dalziel + Scullion, Wendy McMurdo, Smith/Stewart. Edinburgh
‘Wendy McMurdo’, Centro de Fotografia, Salamanca
‘Zarina Bhimji’, Photo ‘98, Leeds

‘Art from the UK’, Angela Bulloch, Willie Doherty, Tracey Emin, Douglas Gordon, Mona Hatoum, Abigail Lane, Sarah Lucas, Sam Taylor-Wood, Rachel Whiteread. Sammlung Goetz, Munich 

‘Strange Days: British Contemporary Photography’ (also curated), Richard Billingham, Zarina Bhimji, Thomas Demand, Willie Doherty, Paul Graham, David Griffiths, Sarah Jones, Sarah Lucas, Wendy McMurdo, Steven Pippin, Stuart Smith, John Stezaker, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gillian Wearing, Catherine Yass. Ed. Charta

Michael Craig-Martin, On Being an Artist,  Art Monthly, Oct 2015


‘Talking Art 2’, and ‘Interview with Christian Marclay’, collected Art Monthly interviews, vol. 2


Ruins, ed. Brian Dillon, ‘It Was What it Was: Modern Ruins’ MIT Press/Whitechapel, ‘Documents of Contemporary Art’


‘Catherine Yass’, 100 Video Artists, Exit Publicaciones, Madrid


‘Wendy McMurdo’, in Art and Photography, Phaidon Press


Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting – Contributor, texts on young painters: Angela de la Cruz, Chris Ofili, George Shaw

100 Reviews Backwards (Alberta Press) – Contributor, texts on young artists and exhibitions: Maurizio Cattelan, at Laure Genillard, London ‘Cocaine Orgasm’, ‘The Epic and the Everyday’


‘Lucy Gunning’, in Art and Feminism, Phaidon Press

‘Elizabeth Price’, LUX, Jan 2010

‘Expanding East: the New Whitechapel’ , Artforum, Jan 2009

Openings: Daniel Silver’, Artforum, Summer 2008

‘Profile on Lucy Skaer’, Art Monthly, Sep 2004

‘Jane and Louise Wilson in the Light of the Gothic Tradition’, Parkett, Spring 2000

‘Paper Moon, on David Thorpe’, Art Monthly, Feb 2000

‘Cleaning the Garden -- Zarina Bhimji', Portfolio, Dec 1998

‘Wah-Wah: The Sound of Crying or the Sound of an Electric Guitar: The Work of Gillian Wearing', Parkett, Spring 1998

‘Studio Crawl: Marc Quinn, Kiki Smith, Georgina Starr', Elle Decoration, Nov 1997

‘Live in Your Head: Sculpture & Some Photographs by Ana Genoves’, Make, Jun-Jul 1997

‘Profile on Siobhán Hapaska’, Art Monthly, Feb, 1997

‘I Love You to Death, Edward Stewart/Stephanie Smith’, Art/Text, Nov, 1997

‘A League of His Own, on Roderick Buchanon’, Art Monthly, Sep 1997

‘Walking the Plank, on John Wood and Paul Harrison’, Art Monthly, Apr 1997

‘The Animal Bride, on Lucy Gunning’, Art Monthly, Oct 1996

‘Tabula Rasa, on Martin Creed’, Art Monthly, Apr 1996

‘Ryan Gander’, Artforum, May 2008

‘Enrico David’, Artforum, October 2007

‘Grayson Perry, Laurent Delaye Gallery’, Time Out, May 2000

‘Darren Almond, The Approach’, Time Out, Mar 2000

‘Shizuka Yokomizu, The Approach’, Time Out, Feb 2000


‘Amalia Uhlman’, at Arcadia Missa, Artforum, Jan 2017

‘James Richards’, ICA, Artforum, Jan 2017

‘Caroline Achaintre’, Arcade, Artforum, April, 2016
‘Katrina Palmer’, Artangel/Portland,  Artforum, September 2015
‘Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’, Sadie Coles, Artforum, Summer, 2014
‘Philomene Pirecki’, Supplement,  Artforum, Jan, 2014
‘Steve Bishop’, Carlos/Ishigawa, Artforum, April 2013
‘Sarah Lucas’, Sadie Coles HQ, Artforum, Summer 2012
‘Renee So’, Kate MacGarry, Artforum, April 2012
‘Alice Channer’, The Approach, Artforum, Summer 2011
‘British Art Show 7’, Hayward Gallery, Artforum Mar 2011
‘Michael Fullerton’, Chisenhale Gallery, Artforum, Dec 2010
‘Tacita Dean’, Frith Street Gallery, Artforum Sept 2010
‘Michael Landy’, South London Gallery, Artforum May 2010
‘Ian Kiaer’, Bloomberg Space, Artforum April 2010
‘Clunie Reid’, MOT International, Artforum Jan 2010
‘The Otolith Group’, The Showroom, Artforum Dec 2009
‘Elizabeth Price’, Spike island, Bristol, Artforum Sept 2009
‘Lindsay Seers’, Matt’s Gallery, Artforum May 2009
‘Clare Hooper’, Hollybush Gallery, Artforum April 2009
‘Duncan Campbell’, Hotel, Artforum Mar 2009
‘Tim Shaw’, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, Artforum Feb 2009
‘Liverpool Biennial’, Artforum Jan 2009
‘Roger Hiorns’, Artangel at Harper Road, Artforum Dec 2008
‘John Sanson’, Seventeen, Artforum Dec 2008
‘Peter Coffin/Djordje Ozbolt’, Herald St, London, Artforum October 2008
 ‘Anthony McCall’, Serpentine Gallery, London, Artforum, March 2008
‘William Daniels’, Vilma Gold, London, Artforum, February 2008
‘Gary Hume’, White Cube, London, Artforum, January 2008
‘Graham Hudson’, Rockeby, London, Artforum, December 2007
‘Peter Lewis’, T 1+2 Gallery, London, Artforum, November 2007
‘Varda Caivano’, Chisenhale, London, Artforum, October 2007
‘Jake and Dinos Chapman’, Paradise Row, London, Artforum, May 2007
‘Tod Hanson’, Cell Project Space, London, Artforum, March 2007.
‘Charles Avery’, Cubitt/Alexandre Pollazzon, London, Artforum, February 2007
‘Jonathan Wateridge’, David Risley, London, Artforum, February 2007
‘Mark Wallinger’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, Artforum Dec 2006
‘Clare Woods’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Artforum Dec 2006
‘Anthea Hamilton’, Ibid Projects, London, Artforum Nov 2006
‘Pablo Bronstein’, Herald Street Gallery, London, Artforum, Summer 2006 
‘Matt Bryans’, Kate McGarry Gallery, London, Artforum, April 2006
‘Rodney Buchanon’, Camden Arts Centre, London, Art Monthly, November 2005
‘George Shaw’, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, Art Monthly, February 2001
‘Paul Noble’, Interim Art, Maureen Paley, London, Art Monthly, December/January 2000
‘Because a Fire Was in My Head’, South London Gallery, London, Art Monthly, May 2000
‘These Epic Islands’, Vilma Gold Gallery, London, Art Monthly, March 2000
‘Heart and Soul’, 60 Long Acre, London , Art Monthly, September 1999
‘Cerith Wyn Evans’, Asprey/Jacques Gallery, London, Art/Text, September 1999
‘Jane and Louise Wilson’, Lisson Gallery, London , Art Monthly, April 1999
‘Tim Noble/Sue Webster’, Modern Art Inc, London, Art/Text, Spring 1999
‘Speed’, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Art Monthly, September 1998
‘BANK/What is a Photograph?’, Galerie Poo-Poo/Underwood Street, Art Monthly, May 1998
‘Siobhán Hapaska’, Entwistle Gallery, London, Art in America, December 1997
‘Sarah Lucas’, Sadie Coles HQ, London, Art/Text , November, 1997
‘Darren Almond’, White Cube, London, Art/Text, November, 1997
‘Darren Almond’, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, Art in America, October 1997 
‘Irredeemable Skeletons’, Shilam + Smith, London, Art Monthly, May, 1997
‘Steve McQueen’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, Art in America, April 1997
‘Tony Bevan’, Matt's Gallery, London, Art in America, March 1997
‘Sam Taylor-Wood’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Art/Text, February/April 1997 
‘Gillian Wearing’, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, Art Monthly, February 1997
‘Be Me (Giorgio Sadotti)’, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, Art Monthly, November 1996
‘Liam Gillick’, Robert Prime Gallery, London, Art/Text, October 1996
‘Richard Billingham’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, Art Monthly, Sept 1996 
‘Young Americans Part II’, Saatchi Gallery, London, Art Monthly, May 1996
‘Young Americans Part I’, Saatchi Gallery, London, Art Monthly, March 1996
‘Jane and Louise Wilson’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Art Monthly, February, 1996
‘Henry Bond,’ Studio Casoli, Milan, Corriere della Sera, March 24, 1992

2000‘London Orphan Asylum’ (co-curated with Clare Manchester) New London Art, Openspace, Milan. Artists: Martin Creed, Jeremy Deller, Matthew Franks, Inventory, Klega, Mark Lecky, Tim McMillan, Tim Noble+Sue Webster

2000    ‘Arte all’Arte’ (co-curated with Roberto Pinto), San Gimignano. Artists: Sislej Xsafa, Wim Delvoye, Kendell Geers, Alberto Garutti, Martin Creed , Tania Bruguera, Jacqueline Riva and Geoff Lowe.

1997‘Strange Days, British Contemporary Photography’, Claudia Gian Ferrari Gallery, Milan Artists: Zarina Bhimji, Richard Billingham, Thomas Demand, Willie Doherty, Paul Graham, David Griffiths, Sarah Jones, Sarah Lucas, Wendy McMurdo, Steven Pippin, Stuart Smith, John Stezaker, Sam Taylor-Wood, Gillian Wearing, Catherine Yass

Philomene Pirecki, Installation at Supplement Gallery, review, Artforum, January, 2014.

Emma Hart, in conversation, Camden Arts Centre, London, July,2013;

Steve Bishop, Installation at Carlos Ishigawa Gallery, review, Artforum, April, 2013

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Canterbury Tales at Sadie Coles Gallery, review, Artforum, Summer, 2014.

book contributions




short news articles


Katrina Palmer, The Loss Adjusters on Portland Island, Artangel, review, Artforum, September, 2015.

book reviews

Williams, Maurizio Rigiello (Arte Continua) and Martin Creed,

Arte all’Arte, San Gimignano, 2000

Williams and Omar Kholeif,  on Resonance fm,

July 2014. Listen here.

Caroline Achaintre, Golem, 2016, Arcade review, Artforum, April, 2016