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.
- 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.
- Art writing and art criticism
- Andy Warhol - 21st-century artist
- Contemporary gothic - narrativizing a troubled past through materialized forms: ruins, ghosts, and haunted places
Publications and research outputs
Williams, Gilda. 2016. 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Men Women and Punctuation in Warhol's Novel a'', afterword to a: a novel, an erased novel by poet Derek Beaulieu. In: Derek Beaulieu, ed. a: a novel. Paris: Jean Boite Editions, pp. 460-478. ISBN 978-2-36568-019-6
Williams, Gilda; Kramer, Fritz W.; Falkenberg, Harald; Wiebel, Peter and Slyce, John. 2016. 'Werner Buttner's Paintings: From 'Werner' to 'Art' and Back Again. In: Andrew Renton, ed. Werner Buttner: Coincidence in Splendour. London: Black Dog, pp. 175-180. ISBN 978-1-910433-75-1
Williams, Gilda and Mille, Daria. 2016. 'Werner Buttner's Collages: From A to T (and Back Again)'. In: Andrew Renton, ed. Werner Buttner: My Looting Eye. London: Black Dog, pp. 7-11. ISBN 978-1-910433-83-6
Williams, Gilda. 2016. "'How Embarrassing!': On Maria Lassnig", Tate etc., May 2016. Tate etc.(37), pp. 43-47. ISSN 1743-8853
Williams, Gilda. 2015. 'Are We Post-Critical?', book review, 'Bad New Days: Art in an Emergency, by Hal Foster', frieze blog. frieze blog, ISSN 0962-0672
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
Williams, Gilda. 2015. "Write On: On Today's Art Writing Explosion and the Tyranny of the Artist's Statement'. Art Monthly(384), pp. 1-4. ISSN 0142-6702
Williams, Gilda. 2014. Silver Sliver: Andy Warhol's Infinitesimal Fragments of Space of Time. Art Monthly, pp. 1-4. ISSN 0142 6702
Conference or Workshop Item
Williams, Gilda. 2014. ''Art writing in the Second Machine Age: from Andy Warhol to Kenneth Goldsmith' -- How to Write about Contemporary Art, talks and workshops'. In: Art-Writing conferences and workshops. London, United Kingdom 2014–2016.
Williams, Gilda. 2009. 'Making Monsters: Gothic Processes and Themes in Contemporary Art'. In: Lecture. University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom.
Williams, Gilda. 2009. 'Defining Contemporary Gothic Art in the 21st Century'. In: 9th Biennial International Gothic Association Conference. University of Lancaster, United Kingdom.