From 1994-2005 Williams was Editor and Commissioning Editor (from 1997-2005) for Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press. 

At Phaidon she edited some 50+ monographs in the ‘Contemporary Artists Series’ , and oversaw the ‘Themes and Movements’ series. Williams created and commissioned the cream series of biennials-in-a-book, 1998-2003. 

Other commissioned projects include Salon to Biennale: Exhibitions that Made Art History (ed. Bruce Altshuler) Gordon Matta-Clark (Thomas Crow, Corinne Disernes, Judith Russi Kirschner, Christian Kravagna) and Robert Mangold (Arthur C. Danto, Robert Storr, Richard Shiff, Nancy Princenthal, Sylcia Plimack mangold.http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/contemporary-artists/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/contemporary-artists/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/themes-and-movements/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/salon-to-biennial-9780714844053/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/gordon-matta-clark-9780714839165/shapeimage_1_link_0shapeimage_1_link_1shapeimage_1_link_2shapeimage_1_link_3shapeimage_1_link_4

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contemporary artists series

‘The boldest, best executed, most far-reaching publishing project devoted to contemporary art.’                                                            -- Artforum        
'A unique series of informative monographs on individual artists.' (The Sunday Times)

'Gives the reader the impression of a personal encounter with the artists. Apart from the writing which is lucid and illuminating, it is undoubtedly the wealth of lavish illustrations which makes looking at these books a satisfying entertainment.' (The Art Book)

'The combination of intelligent analysis, personal insight, useful facts and plentiful pictures is a superb format invaluable for specialists but also interesting for casual readers, it makes these books a must for the library of anyone who cares about contemporary art.' (Time Out)

Books commissioned by Gilda Williams include:

themes and movements series, phaidon

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			Survey			            Interview		            Focus			            Update (2nd. Ed.)
Vito Acconci 		Frazer Ward   		            Mark C.Taylor  	                          Jennifer Bloomer
Doug Aitken		Daniel Birnbaum  	            Amanda Sharp  	            Joerg Heiser
Francis Alys		Cuahtemoc Medina  	            Russell Ferguson  	            Jean Fisher
Uta Barth 		Pamela Lee  		            Matthew Higgs  	            Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe 
Louise Bourgeois	Robert Storr  	                         Paulo Herkenhoff  	            Allan Schwartzman 
Cai Guo Qiang 	Dana Friis-Hansen  	            Octavio Zaya  		            Takashi Serizawa 
Maurizio Cattelan	Francesco Bonami  	            Nancy Spector  		            Barbara Vanderlinden  	Massimiliano Gioni 
Vija Celmins    	Lane Relyea  		            Robert Gober  		            Briony Fer 
Tacita Dean    	             Jean Christophe Royoux          Marina Warner  	            Germaine Greer
Mark Dion		Lisa Graziose Corrin  	            Miwon Kwon  		            Norman Bryson
Peter Doig		Adrian Searle		            Kitty Scott		            Catherine Grenier
Stan Douglas		Scott Watson  		            Diana Thater  		            Carol Clover
Marlene Dumas	Dominic van den Boogerd      Barbara Bloom  	            Mariuccia Casadio                         
Olafur Eliasson 	Madeleine Grynsztejn             Daniel Birnbaum  	            Michael Speaks 
Fischli and Weiss   	Robert Fleck  		            Beate Soentgen  	            Arthur C. Danto
Tom Friedman 	Bruce Hainley  	            Dennis Cooper  	            Adrian Searle 
Isa Genzken   	             Alex Farquarson  	            Diedrich Diederichsen            Sabine Breitwieser
Dan Graham 		Birgit Pelzer  		            Mark Francis  		            Beatriz Colomina 
Hans Haacke   	Walter Grasskamp  	            Molly Nesbit  		            Jon Bird  
Thomas Hirschhorn    Benjamin H.D. Buchloh         Alison M. Gingeras  	            Carlos Basualdo
Roni Horn 		Louise Neri  		            Lynne Cooke  		            Thierry de Duve
Ilya Kabakov		Boris Groys  		            David A. Ross  		            Iwona Blazwick 
Alex Katz		Carter Ratcliff  		Robert Storr  		            Iwona Blazwick  
Mike Kelley		John Welchman 		Isabelle Graw  		            Anthony Vidler 
On Kawara 		Jonathan Watkins 	             ‘Tribute‘  		            Rene Denizot 
William Kentridge 	Dan Cameron  		Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev  J.M. Coetzee  
Yayoi Kusama	             Laura Hoptman 		Akira Tatehata  	            Udo Kulturmann
Christian Marclay 	Jennifer Gonzalez  	              Kim Gordon  		            Matthew Higgs 
Paul McCarthy	Ralph Rugoff  		              Kristine Stiles  	            Giacinto Di Pietrantonio   
Cildo Meireles	              Paulo Herkenhoff                     Gerardo Mosquera  	            Dan Cameron
Lucy Orta		Roberto Pinto  		Nicolas Bourriaud   	            Maia Damianovic 
Raymond Pettibon 	Robert Storr  		             Dennis Cooper  	            Ulrich Loock 
Richard Prince	Rosetta Brooks  	            Jeff Rian  		            Luc Sante  
Pipilotti Rist		Peggy Phelan  		            Hans Ulrich Obrist  	            Elizabeth Bronfen 
Anri Sala		Mark Godfrey		            Hans Ulrich Obrist	            Liam Gillick
Doris Salcedo 	              Nancy Princenthal  	            Carlos Basualdo  	            Andreas Huyssen
Roman Signer	             Gerhard Mack  	            Paola van de Bosche 	            Jeremy Millar
Lorna Simpson	Kelly Jones  		            Thelma Golden  	            Chrissie Iles 
Wolfgang Tillmans	Jan Verwoert  		            Peter Halley  		            Midori Mitsuro 
Luc Tuymans		Ulrich Loock  		            Juan Vicente Aliaga  	            Nancy Spector   		Hans Rudolf Reust 
Gillian Wearing	Russell Ferguson  	            Donna De Salvo  	            John Slyce    
Franz West		Robert Fleck  		            Bice Curiger  		            Neal Benezra http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/vito-acconci-9780714840024/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/doug-aitken-9780714839899/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/francis-als-9780714843216/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/uta-barth-9780714841533/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/louise-bourgeois-9780714841229/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/cai-guo-qiang-9780714840758/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/maurizio-cattelan-9780714843063/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/vija-celmins-9780714842646/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/tacita-dean-9780714844282/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/mark-dion-9780714836591/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/peter-doig-9780714845043/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/stan-douglas-9780714837963/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/stan-douglas-9780714837963/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/olafur-eliasson-9780714840369/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/peter-fischli-david-weiss-9780714843230/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/tom-friedman-9780714839868/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/isa-genzken-9780714844251/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/dan-graham-9780714839646/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/hans-haacke-9780714843193/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/thomas-hirschhorn-9780714842738/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/roni-horn-9780714838656/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/ilya-kabakov-9780714837970/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/alex-katz-9780714844077/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/mike-kelley-9780714838342/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/on-kawara-9780714841045/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/william-kentridge-9780714838298/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/yayoi-kusama-9780714839202/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/christian-marclay-9780714843742/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/paul-mccarthy-9780714835525/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/cildo-meireles-9780714838588/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/lucy-orta-9780714843001/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/raymond-pettibon-9780714839196/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/richard-prince-9780714841649/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/pipilotti-rist-9780714839653/http://livepage.apple.com/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/doris-salcedo-9780714839295/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/roman-signer-9780714844459/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/lorna-simpson-9780714840383/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/wolfgang-tillmans-9780714841922/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/luc-tuymans-9780714842981s/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/gillian-wearing-9780714838243/http://uk.phaidon.com/store/art/franz-west-9780714838250/http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Z5RSJMXTL._SL500_AA300_.jpgshapeimage_16_link_0shapeimage_16_link_1shapeimage_16_link_2shapeimage_16_link_3shapeimage_16_link_4shapeimage_16_link_5shapeimage_16_link_6shapeimage_16_link_7shapeimage_16_link_8shapeimage_16_link_9shapeimage_16_link_10shapeimage_16_link_11shapeimage_16_link_12shapeimage_16_link_13shapeimage_16_link_14shapeimage_16_link_15shapeimage_16_link_16shapeimage_16_link_17shapeimage_16_link_18shapeimage_16_link_19shapeimage_16_link_20shapeimage_16_link_21shapeimage_16_link_22shapeimage_16_link_23shapeimage_16_link_24shapeimage_16_link_25shapeimage_16_link_26shapeimage_16_link_27shapeimage_16_link_28shapeimage_16_link_29shapeimage_16_link_30shapeimage_16_link_31shapeimage_16_link_32shapeimage_16_link_33shapeimage_16_link_34shapeimage_16_link_35shapeimage_16_link_36shapeimage_16_link_37shapeimage_16_link_38shapeimage_16_link_39shapeimage_16_link_40shapeimage_16_link_41

                                                                    editor                        survey author

Arte Povera Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

The Artist’s Body (with Iwona Blazwick)Tracey Warr                        Amelia Jones

Art and Feminism (with Iwona Blazwick)Helena Reckitt           Peggy Phelan

Conceptual ArtPeter Osborne

Land and Environmental Art               Jeff Kastner                        Brian Wallis

MinimalismJames Meyer

100 new artists as selected by ten international curators


cream: Contemporary Art in Culture (1998)

preface: Gilda Williams; contributors: Carlos Basualdo, Francesco Bonami, Dan Cameron, Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Matthew Higgs, Susan Kandel, Rosa Martinez, Asa Nacking, Hans Ulrich Obrist


freshcream: Contemporary Art in Culture (2000)

preface: Gilda Williams; contributors: Iwona Blazwick, Amada Cruz, Bice Curiger, Vasif Kortun, Maria Lind, Viktor Misiano, Gerardo Mosquera, Olu Oguibe, Apinan Poshyananda, Octavio Zaya


Cream 3 (2003)

preface: Gilda Williams; contributors: Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Charles Esche, Ruben Gallo, Yuko Hasegawa, Udo Kittelman, Adriano Pedrosa, Beatrix Ruf, Nancy Spector, Hamza Walker, Igor Zabel, James Meyer

artistauthors

Survey            Interview            Focus            Update (2nd Ed.)

Christian BoltanskiDidier Semin              Tamar Garb              Donald Kuspit

Richard  DeaconJon Thompson  Pier Luigi Tazzi  Peter Schjeldahl  Penelope Curtis

Jimmie Durham           Laura Mulvey                          Dirk Snauwert                               Mark Alice Durant

Antony Gormley  John Hutchinson              Sir Ernst Gombrich             Lela B. Njatin             WJ.T. Mitchell

Paul GrahamAndrew Wilson  Gillian Wearing  Carol Squiers

Mona Hatoum            Guy Brett              Michael Archer  Catherine De Zegher       

Jenny HolzerDavid Joselit              Joan Simon              Renata Salecl   

Mary KellyMargaret Iversen              Douglas Crimp  Homi K. Bhabha   

Thomas SchütteJulian Heynen  James Lingwood  Angela Vettese   

Nancy SperoJon Bird              Jo Anna Isaak                  Sylvère Lotringer

Jessica StockholderBarry Schwabsky              Lynne Tillman  Lynne Cooke 

Jeff WallThierry de Duve  Arielle Pelenc                Boris Groys               Jean-Francois Chevrier  

Lawrence WeinerAlexander Alberro             Benjamin H. D. BuchlohDavid Batchelor

and Alice Zimmerman 

HouseRachel Whiteread

James Lingwood, Jon Bird, Doreen Massey, Iain Sinclair, Richard Shone, Neil Thomas, Anthony Vidler, Simon Watney


Amandes AmeresJean Marc Bustamante 


Salon to Biennale: Exhibitions That Made Art History, Phaidon (2008) by Bruce Altshuler and Phaidon Editors


pressPLAY: Contemporary Artists in Conversation (2005)

50 interviews with key contemporary artists, the complete Phaidon interviews 1995-2005


Gordon Matta-Clark (2003), by Thomas Crow, Corinne Disernes, Judith Russi Kirschner, Christian Kravagna


Robert Mangold (2000), by Arthur C. Danto, Richard Shiff, Robert Storr, Nancy Princenthal, Sylvia Plimack Mangold

cream, biennales-in-a-book

other books

contemporary artists series (as commissioning editor)

contemporary artists series (as editor)

themes and movements

other books