art in the UK

Since 1994 Williams has lived in London and followed new British art. She is a regular London correspondent for Artforum magazine and contributes to Art Monthly, Art in America, Tate Etc, and more.



‘”Very British with a Hint of America”: On the Hybrid Art of Damien Hirst‘, Fondation Cartier, Paris

catalogue essay, ‘Stand and Deliver: On Phyllida Barlow‘, in Frontier, Haus Der Kunst Munich, with Damien Lentini, Briony Fer, Alex Potts. Lisa Paland, U. Wilmes


Jonathan Wateridge: Ghosts in the Garden‘, in Jonathan Wateridge: Enclave/Ex Patria, with Mark Sanders, Anomie Publishing


‘Fiona Rae: Full Swing’, catalogue, Hakgojae Cheongdam Seoul, Korea


fig 2, ICA, London, on artists Kihlberg & Henry; Ruth Beale; Anna Barham; Patrick Coyle and Francesco Pedraglio; Bruce Maclean, Susanne Treister, Simon Welsh; POSTmatter; Rebecca Birsh, Shezad Dawood, Tom McCarthy, curated by Fatos Ustek, Black Dog Publishing, 2017


‘Charles Avery’. Gemeentemuseum, The Hague

‘Giorgio Sadotti: The True Artist is Down to Earth When Lofty Might Be Better’, poster-catalogue essay, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst, Siegen, 2016


‘Hannah Collins‘, Sprengel Museum Hannover; Camden Arts Centre, Lonodn


‘Taking Flight On Rebecca Jewell’, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York, co-contributor with Jonathan Franzen


Shades of Modern Gothic, from the Victorians to the Surrealists’ in Victoriana: The Art of Revival – A Miscellany, Guildhall Gallery, London


Living Dolls and Ordinary Things – On Sarah Lucas’, with Lisa LeFeuvre, 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’, Al Visual Arts, London

‘Jonathan Wateridge” Another Place’, All Visual Arts, London

Giorgio Sadotti – The Artist Live at Milton Keynes’, 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 museums’ 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 Bucnanon, Alan Currall, Dalziel + Scullion, Wendy McMurdo, Smith/Stewart. Edinburgh

Wendy McMurdo: Identity Twins’, Centro de Fotografia, Salamanca, 1998. Reprinted in Art and Photography, ed. David Campany, Phaidon Press.

‘Zarina Bhimji’, Photo ’98, Leeds


Pause, Rewind, Press Play. Reviewing British Art in the 90s, 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 Yas, Ed. Charta

book reviews


Amalia Ulman, online artist’s conversation,Tate, 7 Sept. Available to watch online: (talk begins at 9:00)


‘In Conversation with Phyllida Barlow’, 10 Apr, Royal Academy of Art, London

chair, ‘Writing into Art Symposium‘, with Katrina Palmer, Erica Scourti, Nick Thurston, Duncan Wooldridge, New Contemporaries/South London Gallery/Camberwell College of Arts, London, Feb


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, artist’s 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’, Take 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, Kingston University, 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

Williams, Maurizio Rigiello (Arte Continua) and Martin Creed, Arte all’Arte, San Gimignano, 2000



Amalia Ulman, El Planeta‘, film review,, Feb 


Khadija Saye‘, at 236 Westbourne Grove, Oct/Nov, Artforum

Joey Holder‘, at ex-Springhealth Pool and Spa, Summer, Artforum 

Jade Montserrat’, at Iniva, April, Artforum

Mark Leckey‘, at Tate Britain, Artforum, January 


Nevine Mahmoud‘, at Soft Opening, Artforum September

Tracey Emin‘, White Cube, Artforum, Summer

Annie Ratti’, Amanda Wilkinson, Artforum, May

Beatrice Gibson‘, Camden Arts Centre, Artforum, April


‘Lawrence Abu Hamdan’, Chisenhale Gallery, Artforum, December 

‘Lin May Saeed‘, Studio Voltaire, Artforum, November

A Woman’s Place‘, Knole House, Art Monthly, September

Leo Fitzmaurice‘, at Sunday Painter, Artforum, April


Making and Unmaking’, at Camden Art Centre, Artforum, October

Amalia Ulman’, at Arcadia Missa, Artforum, January

James Richards’, ICA, Artforum, January


Caroline Achaintre’, at Arcade, Artforum, April 2016


Katrina Palmer’, Artangel/Portland, Artforum, September


Marvin Gaye Chetwynd’, Sadie Coles, Artforum, Summer

Philomene Pirecki’, Supplement, Artforum, January


Sarah Lucas’, Sadie Coles HQ, Artforum, Summer

Steve Bishop’, Carlos/Ishigawa, Artforum, April

Renee So’, Kate MacGarry, Artforum, April


Alice Channer’, The Approach, Artforum, Summer

British Art Show 7’, Hayward Gallery, Artforum, May


Michael Fullerton’, Chisenhale Gallery, Artforum, December

Tacita Dean’, Frith Street Gallery, Artforum, September

Michael Landy’, South London Gallery, Artforum, May

Ian Kiaer’, Bloomberg Space, Artforum, April

Clunie Reid’, MOT International, Artforum, January


The Otolith Group’, The Showroom, Artforum, December

Elizabeth Price’, Spike Island, Bristol, Artforum, September

Voodoo’, Riflemaker, Artforum, Summer

Lindsay Seers’, Matt’s Gallery, Artforum, May

Clare Hooper’, Hollybush Gallery, Artforum, April

Duncan Campbell’, Hotel, Artforum, March

Tim Shaw’, Kenneth Armitage Foundation, Artforum, February

Liverpool Biennial’, Artforum, January


Roger Hiorns’, Artangel at Harper Road, Artforum, December

John Samson’, Seventeen, Artforum, December

Peter Coffin/Djordje Ozbolt’, Herald St., London, Artforum, October

Front of House’, Parasol unit, London, Artforum, September

Anthony McCall’, Serpentine Gallery, London, Artforum, March

William Daniels’, Vilma Gold, London, Artforum, February

Gary Hume’, White Cube, London, Artforum, January


Graham Hudson’, Rockeby, London, Artforum, December

Peter Lewis’, T 1+2 Gallery, London, Artforum, November

Varda Caivano’, Chisenhale, London, Artforum, October

Jake and Dinos Chapman’, Paradise Row, London, Artforum, May 

Tod Hanson’, Cell Project Space, London, Artforum, March

Charles Avery’, Cubitt/Alexandre Pollazzon, London, Artforum, February


Mark Wallinger’, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, Artforum, December

Clare Woods’, Chisenhale Gallery, London, Artforum, December

Anthea Hamilton’, Ibid Projects, London, Artforum, November

Pablo Bronstein’, Herald Street Gallery, London, Artforum, April 2006

Matt Bryans’, Kate McGarry Gallery, London, Artforum, April 2006


Roderick Buchanan‘, Camden Arts Centre, London, Art Monthly, November


Paul Noble‘, Interim Art, Maureen Paley, London, Art Monthly, December/January

‘George Shaw’, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery, Art Monthly, February


Because a Fire Was in My Head‘, South London Gallery, London, Art Monthly, May

These Epic Islands‘, Vilma Gold Gallery, London, Art Monthly, March

‘Cocaine Orgasm’ 


Heart and Soul‘, 60 Long Acre, London, Art Monthly, September

‘Cerith Wyn Evans‘, Asprey/Jacques Gallery, London, Art/Text, September 

Jane and Louise Wilson’, Lisson Gallery, London, Art Monthly, April 1999

Tim Noble and Sue Webster‘, Modern Art Inc, London, Art/Text, Spring 1999


Speed‘, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Art Monthly, October 1998

BANK: What is a Photograph?‘, Galerie Poo-Poo/Underwood Street, Art Monthly, September 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, September 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



book contributions


Science Fiction, ed. Dan Byrne-Smith,‘The Otolith Group’, The Showroom, Artforum, review, December 2009, forthcoming in the ‘Documents of Contemporary Art’ series (MIT Press/Whitechapel).


In print: ‘On the Right Track: Interview with Christian Marclay’:, Talking Art 2: Art Monthly Interviews with Artist since 2007, Riding House Publications, 2017


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: Identity Twins’, in Art and Photography, ed. David Campany, Phaidon Press.


Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting – Contributor, text on painters: ‘Gabriele Di Matteo’,  ‘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


The Empire Chair, by Zarina Bhimji’, Continental Drift, Photo ’98, Leeds, 1998






‘In Search of the Miraculous’, frieze blog, on the Miracle Marathon, Serpentine Gallery


‘Elizabeth Price’, LUX, January 2010


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


‘Openings: Daniel Silver’, Artforum, Summer 2008


Profile on Lucy Skaer‘, Art Monthly, September 2004


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

Paper Moon, on David Thorpe‘, Art Monthly, February 2000


‘Cleaning the Garden – Zarina Bhimji’, Portfolio, December 1998

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

Profile on Siobhan Hapaska‘, Art Monthly, February 1998


‘Studio Crawl: Marc Quinn, Kiki Smith, Georgina Starr’, Elle Decoration, November 1997

I Love You to Death, Edward Stewart: Stephanie Smith‘, Art/Text, November 1997

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

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

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


The Animal Bride, on Lucy Gunning‘, Art Monthly, October 1996

Tabula Rasa, on Martin Creed‘, Art Monthly, April 1996




‘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

‘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.


‘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.

short news articles


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, March 2000

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

Joey Holder, Semelparous, 2020. Ex-Springhealth Pool and Spa, review, Artforum, Summer, 2020

Jade Montserrat, born to suffer the weight of men, 2017. Iniva, London, review, Artforum Feb 2020.

Beatrice Gibson, I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead, 2019. Camden Arts Centre, review, Artforum, April 2019