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Gilda Williams



Based in London since 1994, New York-born contemporary art writer, editor and teacher Dr. Gilda Williams is a Lecturer on the MFA in Curating programme, Goldsmiths College, University of London and a Lecturer on the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London, MA in Contemporary Art programme. Williams is a London correspondent for Artforum magazine and author of The Gothic (MIT/Whitechapel), 2007, also the subject of her PhD.

Her forthcoming book is ON&BY Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel Press; Spring 2016), a selected anthology of the key writings on and by the most influential artist of the 20th century. Her book How to Write About Contemporary Art (Thames&Hudson, 2014), now in its 2nd edition, has been described as ‘the little red book everyone in the art world should have’ (Art Monthly, Feb 2015).

From 1994-2005, Williams was Editor and Commissioning Editor (from 1997) for contemporary art for Phaidon Press, London. There she edited and commissioned some 50 monographs in the ‘Contemporary Artists’ series as well as the ‘Themes and Movement’ anthologies; the cream biennials-in-a-book and Salon to Biennale: Exhibitions that Made Art History (2008). 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; from 2016 a member of the Whitechapel Ventures Board.