Dr Gilda Williams

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PositionLecturer, MA Curating
Department Art
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Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7691
Dr Gilda Williams

Gilda Williams is interested in the collective process — among artists, curators, art writers, gallerists, academics, collectors, museums and more — which results in the production of discourse in art. She sees her role in this process as a critic, teacher, editor and researcher of contemporary art.

Williams has taught at Goldsmiths since 2008. She was Editor and Commissioning Editor (from 1997) for Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press 1994-2005, where she commissioned the ‘Contemporary Artists’ monographs, ‘Themes and Movements’ series of anthologies, and other books including Salon to Biennale: Exhibitions that Made Art History (2008). 

She is a London correspondent for Artforum, and has written for Art Monthly, The Guardian, Sight & Sound, Burlington, frieze and many more.

Recent publications

  • On and By Andy Warhol (MIT/Whitechapel), 2016.
  • ‘A Mouthful of Imagery’, Christian Marclay: Action, Aargauer Kunsthaus/Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2015.
  • How to Write About Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson), 2014.
  • ‘It Was What it Was: Modern Ruins’, Art Monthly no. 336 (May 2010), reprinted in Brian Dillon, Ruins, ‘Documents of Contemporary Art’ (MIT/Whitechapel), 2011.
  • The Gothic, ‘Documents of Contemporary Art’ (MIT/Whitechapel), 2007.


Research Interests

  • Art writing and art criticism  
  • Andy Warhol - 21st-century artist
  • Contemporary gothic - narrativizing a troubled past through materialized forms: ruins, ghosts, and haunted places




‘Women and Gothic’ (on Louise Bourgeois)
Williams, Gilda. 2010. ‘Women and Gothic’ (on Louise Bourgeois). Cambridge: Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University.

‘Gothic and Its Legacies’
Williams, Gilda. 2009. ‘Gothic and Its Legacies’. London: Courtauld Institute.

‘The Gothic’
Williams, Gilda. 2009. ‘The Gothic’. London: Westminster University.

Symposium for ‘Dark Glamour: Gothic Fashion’
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Symposium for ‘Dark Glamour: Gothic Fashion’. New York: FIT.

Book Section

Towards a 21st Century Definition of Gothic Art
Williams, Gilda. 2011. Towards a 21st Century Definition of Gothic Art. In: , ed. Monstrous Media/Spectral Subjects. Lancaster University.

Jonathan Wateridge: Being Seen, In Between
Williams, Gilda. 2010. Jonathan Wateridge: Being Seen, In Between. In: Gilda Williams, ed. Jonathan Wateridge: Another Place. London: All Visual Arts, pp. 22-37. ISBN 978-1-907164-02-6

Catherine Yass
Williams, Gilda. 2010. Catherine Yass. In: , ed. 100 Video Artists. Madrid: Exit Publicaciones, pp. 438-441. ISBN 978-84-937347-0-1


book review, 'Bad New Days: Art in a State of Emergency'
Williams, Gilda. 2015. book review, 'Bad New Days: Art in a State of Emergency'. Frieze,

Write On: On Today's Art Writing Explosion, and the Tyranny of the Artist's Statement
Williams, Gilda. 2015. Write On: On Today's Art Writing Explosion, and the Tyranny of the Artist's Statement. Art Monthly, 348, pp. 11-14. ISSN 0142 6702

Silver Sliver: Andy Warhol's Infinitesimal Fragments of Space of Time
Williams, Gilda. 2014. Silver Sliver: Andy Warhol's Infinitesimal Fragments of Space of Time. Art Monthly, pp. 1-4. ISSN 0142 6702

It Was What It Was: Modern Ruins
Williams, Gilda. 2010. It Was What It Was: Modern Ruins. Art Monthly, 336, pp. 1-4.

Ian Kiaer
Williams, Gilda. 2010. Ian Kiaer. Artforum, 48(8), p. 206. ISSN 1086-7058

Clunie Reid
Williams, Gilda. 2010. Clunie Reid. Artforum, 48(5), pp. 211-212. ISSN 1086-7058

The Otolith Group
Williams, Gilda. 2009. The Otolith Group. Artforum, 48(4), p. 245. ISSN 1086-7058

Elizabeth Price
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Elizabeth Price. Artforum, 48(1), p. 304. ISSN 1086-7058

Williams, Gilda. 2009. Voodoo. Artforum, 47(10), p. 348. ISSN 1086-7058

Claire Hooper
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Claire Hooper. Artforum, 47(8), pp. 198-199. ISSN 1086-7058

Lindsay Seers
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Lindsay Seers. Artforum, 47(9), p. 247. ISSN 1086-7058

Duncan Campbell
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Duncan Campbell. Artforum, 47(7), p. 254. ISSN 1086-7058

Tim Shaw
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Tim Shaw. Artforum, 47(6), pp. 203-204. ISSN 1086-7058

Liverpool Biennial
Williams, Gilda. 2009. Liverpool Biennial. Artforum, 47(5), pp. 221-222. ISSN 1086-7058

What's That Hanging on My Bicycle?
Williams, Gilda. 2009. What's That Hanging on My Bicycle? Artforum, 47(10), p. 67. ISSN 1086-7058

Roger Hiorns
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Roger Hiorns. Artforum, 47(4), pp. 311-312. ISSN 1086-7058

John Samson
Williams, Gilda. 2008. John Samson. Artforum, 47(4), p. 312. ISSN 1086-7058

Peter Coffin and Djordje Ozbolt
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Peter Coffin and Djordje Ozbolt. Artforum, 47(2), p. 394. ISSN 1086-7058

Front House
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Front House. Artforum, 47(1), pp. 473-474. ISSN 1086-7058

Jimmy De Sana
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Jimmy De Sana. Artforum, 46(10), p. 450. ISSN 1086-7058

Daniel Silver: Openings
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Daniel Silver: Openings. Artforum, XLVI(10), pp. 418-419. ISSN 1086-7058

Anthony McCall
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Anthony McCall. Artforum, 46(8), p. 380. ISSN 1086-7058

William Daniels
Williams, Gilda. 2008. William Daniels. Artforum, 46(6), pp. 300-301. ISSN 1086-7058

Gary Hume
Williams, Gilda. 2008. Gary Hume. Artforum, 46(5), p. 291. ISSN 1086-7058

Exhibition Catalogue

Giorgio Sadotti: Live at Milton Keynes
Williams, Gilda. 2010. Giorgio Sadotti: Live at Milton Keynes.

Conference or Workshop Item

Making Monsters: Gothic Processes and Themes in Contemporary Art
Williams, Gilda. 2009. 'Making Monsters: Gothic Processes and Themes in Contemporary Art'. In: Lecture. University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.

Defining Contemporary Gothic Art in the 21st Century
Williams, Gilda. 2009. 'Defining Contemporary Gothic Art in the 21st Century'. In: 9th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference. University of Lancaster, United Kingdom.

The Gothic
Williams, Gilda. 2008. 'The Gothic'. In: ‘The Gothic’, keynote speaker, curatorial programme. Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

‘The Gothic’
Williams, Gilda. 2008. '‘The Gothic’'. In: The Gothic. Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom.