ARTICLES & REVIEWS

Greg Thomas: writer & editor

AESTHETICA

"Visualising the Impossible"
Survey of the work of Katie Paterson.
May 2022


"Complex Landscape"

On Ingrid Pollard, Altered Carbon, at MK Gallery.
May 2022

"A Major Retrospective"
On the major retrospective of Diane Arbus's photography at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
May 2022

"Portals to the Future"
Discussing the Afro-Futurist photography of Darryl DeAngelo Terrell.
May 2022

"A Survey of Portraiture"
Preview of group show Who Are You: Australian Portraiture, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.
May 2022

"The Age of Immersion"
Long read on Larry Bell and the Light and Space movement.
April-May 2022

"Design Emergency"
Review of a book on design in the age of climate crisis, edited by Alice Rawsthorn and Paola Antonelli.
April-May 2022

"Thread of Humanity"
Interview with renowned landscape and portrait photographer Nadav Kander.
April 2022

"The Thrill of Colour"

On textile artist Sheila Hicks, ahead of a retrospective at Hepworth Wakefield.
March 2022

"A Universal Language"
Preview of the group show What Is Left Unspoken, Love at the High Museum, Atlanta. 
March 2022

"Curating Reality"

Exploring the curated street photography of Clarissa Bonet ahead of her show at Chicago's Catherine Edelman Gallery.
March 2022

"Global Influence"
Assessing the global influences and afterlives of the Surrealist movement, in conjunction with Surrealism Beyond Borders, Tate Modern.
March 2022

"Pardes"
Review of Jyll Bradley's installation in the recently renovated Fruitmarket warehouse space.
February-March 2022

"Negative Space"
Survey of Peter Weibel's monograph on the use of negative space in modern sculpture.
February-March 2022

"Repetition and Colour"
Review of Jesse Simon's architectural photography book Plattenbau Berlin.
February 2022

"A Window on Reality"

Preview of the FOAM Amsterdam show Bill Brandt: The Sinister and the Beautiful.
February 2022

"Enduring Light"
On the group show Light and Space, running at Copenhagen Contemporary during Spring-Summer 2022.
January 2022

"Healing and Togetherness"
Interview with curators Irene Aristizábal and Hammad Nasar about the inspiration behind their selection of artists for British Art Show 9.
January 2022

"Unchanged Landscape"

Review of Nicolas Blandin's photobook Puszczka, documenting life in the ancient Białowieża Forest on the border of Poland and Belarus.
January 2022

"Beyond Categorisation"

Interview with Rodrigo Orrantia, curator of No Place Is an Island, the latest instalment in the Photo50 annual exhibition series celebrating contemporary photography.
January 2022

"Painting with Video"

On Shigeko Kubota's (1937-2015) MoMA show Liquid Reality.
January 2022

"Black Paper"

Review of new essay collection by Nigerian-American photographer and critic Teju Cole.
December 2021-January 2022

"Charting the Storm"
Review of a new book by environmental photographer Benedikt Partenheimer capturing the effects of climate change.

December 2021

"A Century in Focus"

On the work of documentary and nature photographer Imogen Cunningham ahead of a major retrospective at Seattle Art Museum.
December 2021

"Fragile Future"

Preview of a new show of light-based sculpture by artist collective DRIFT at The Shed, New York.

December 2021

"Lighting up Space"

On Robert Irwin's Light and Space exhibition at Kraftwerk Berlin.
December 2021


"Feast for the Senses"
Preview of Doug Aitken, New Era at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
December 2021


"Rewriting the Canon"
Q&A with Chief Curator at Guggenheim Bilbao Christine Macel about the book and exhibition Women in Abstraction.

November 2021


"Graphic Murmurations"
Review of a book and mural by Danish photographer Søren Solkær documenting the extraordinary phenomenon of  starling murmurations.

November 2021

"A 20th Century Lens"
Preview of Evelyn Hofer: Encounters with the Camera and Female Perspectives from Vivian Maier to Barbara Klemm, both at the Cube in Frankfurt/Eschborn.
November 2021


"Industrial Sublime"

Preview of Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime at V&A, London.

November 2021

"Stories Unearthed"

On photographers Joanne Coates and Heather Agyepong, recipients of the 2021 Jerwood/Photoworks Award.

November 2021

"Nordic Houses"

Review of Dominic Bradbury, Todd Saunders: New Northern Houses (Thames and Hudson, 2021).
November 2021

"Vibrant Towers"
Preview of sculptor Annie Morris's show When A Happy Thing Falls, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2021-22.
November 2021

"Terms of Engagement"
Long read on African art and photography from the modernist era onwards, with reference to Phaidon's African Artists From 1882 to Now (2021).
October-November 2021

"Structures in Decline"
Review of photographic duo Marchand/Meffre's book depicting crumbling golden-age movie theatres across the USA.
October 2021

"Biomechanical Life"
On Anicka Yi's new installation for the Tate Modern Turbine Hall.
October 2021

"Seeing and Believing"
Preview of Gillian Wearing: Wearing Masks, at Guggenheim, New York; exploring the artist's use of masks and themes of illusion and deception in her practice.
October 2021

"Geometry of Space"
On the architectural photography of Hélène Binet, ahead of a show at the Royal Academy of Arts.
October 2021


"In the Street"
On street photographer Helen Levitt at the Photographer's Gallery, London.
October 2021


"Trailblazing Designers"
Preview of Here We Are! Women in Design 1900 - Today, at the Vitra Design Museum, Germany.
October 2021


"Waste Age"
Preview of Waste Age: What can Design Do? at the Design Museum, London
October 2021

"Mapping Futures"
Preview of Social Work, an exhibition of contemporary black art curated by Antwaun Sargent at Gagosian New York.
September 2021


"Natural Wonders"
Preview of the RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show at Saatchi Gallery, September-October 2021.
September 2021

"Spheres of Influence"
On Isamu Noguchi ahead of a major retrospective of the Japanese-American sculptor's work at Barbican, London.
September 2021

"Under Starlight"
Preview of Anthony James's Lightfield, a new show beneath Marble Arch Mound.
September 2021


"Play and Optimism"

Review of sculptor Camille Walala's new outdoor project for The Box, Plymouth.
September 2021

"Mapping the Climate"
Long read on the work of Irish artist Richard Mosse, who uses multi-spectral photography to map the impacts of environmental damage in the Amazon.
August-September 2021

"Art on the Airwaves"
Five art podcasts to listen to: Sculpting Lives, Talk Art, Bow Down, Into the Mothlight, Decorating Dissidence. Co-authored with Dominic Blake and Eleanor Sutherland.
August 2021

"Five to See: Helsinki Biennial"

Featuring 41 artists from Finland and around the world, this year’s Helsinki Biennial responds to the theme of interconnectedness. Surveys of work by Jaakko Niemellä, Hanna Tuulikki, Alicja Kwade, and others.
August 2021


"Cosmic Reflections"
Review of Sekai Machache's Divine Sky, an exhibition of conceptual photography at Stills Gallery, Edinburgh.
August 2021

"Building the Modern Museum"
A review of Charles Saumarez Smith's The Art Museum in Modern Times.
August 2021


"Youth Rising"

A new exhibition at Newcastle’s Side Gallery, organised by Amber Film and Photography Collective, documents raw and tender moments from 40 years’ worth of British youth. 
August 2021


"Lost Cityscape"

Review of Brian Lomas's new book for the Modernist Society, a photographic survey of independent businesses in early-1980s Manchester.
August 2021


"Ties to the Earth"

Interview with curator Ned McConnell about Earthbound, a new exhibition exploring our relationship with concepts of the earth at the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield. 
August 2021

"Shaping the Future"
A survey of the National Gallery of Victoria exhibition We Change The World, including Hoda Afshar’s (b. 1983) moving two-channel film Remain (2018), which explores the  inhumane conditions imposed by Australia’s immigration system on seaborne refugees.
August 2021

"End of Empire"
A new retrospective of British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare at Museum der Moderne in Salzburg showcases the artist’s engagement with post-colonial identity.

July 2021

"Intimate Spaces"

Photographer Deana Lawson's portraiture combines intimate and majestic themes. A survey of the artist's work to mark a new exhibition at the Guggenheim.
July 2021


"Night Into Day"
Review of a new book exploring the work of sculptor Sarah Sze, which offers complex visualisations of the human world and the systems we use to measure it.
July 2021


"A New Paradigm"
The world’s first 3D-printed house has been unveiled in Massa Lombardo, Ravenna, made using only raw earth mixed with water.

July 2021


"Expanded Sculpture"
Survey of Yorkshire Sculpture International 2021, including the work of Shezad Dawood and Ariel René Jackson.
July 2021


"Geometry and the Body"
On a new exhibition of work by Brazilian neo-concrete artist Lygia Pape (1927-2004) at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.
July 2021


"Luminous Spirits"
Masako Miki’s New Mythologies exhibition offers a reimagining of the Shinto concept of Tsukumogami yōkai: inanimate domestic objects imbued with the spirit of a person or animal. 
July 2021


"Art, Freedom and Control"
Ai Weiwei's new installation at Blenheim Palace, Gilded Cage, explores themes of migration and incarceration.
July 2021


"Architectural Collage"
Counterspace’s design for the 20th Serpentine Pavilion combines architectural features from culturally significant buildings across London.
June 2021


"Glasgow International: Highlights"
Five to See at Glasgow's biennale of contemporary visual art.
June 2021

"A Pioneering Lens"
Survey of the work of Ghanaian modernist photographer James Barnor.
June 2021

"Hidden Forces"
On a new book by Polish photographer Joanna Piotrowska, exploring systems of hidden control over women's lives and bodies.
June 2021

"Designing for Crisis"
Five to See at London Design Biennale 2021.
June 2021


"Working with Nature"

Interview with artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about her work with synthetic biologists to design new species and her creation of a pollinator-friendly planting scheme for a new permanent installation at the Eden Project. 
June 2021
 
"Sphere of Influence"
Long read on Palm Springs Modernism and the influence of mid-century modernist architect William F. Cody on contemporary design, art, film, and culture. Based on interviews with the editors of a new book on Cody's work.
June-July 2021

"PhotoESPAÑA 2021: 5 to See"

Survey of the 24th edition of the Madrid-based photography festival.
May 2021

"Post-War German Design"

Survey with reference to the exhibition German Design 1949–1989: Two Countries, One History at the Vitra Design Museum.
May 2021

​"Emerging into Focus"
Interview with Sarah Kennel, curator at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, about the exhibition Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection.
May 2021

"Lighting the Future"

Interview with artist and scientist Daan Roosegaarde about his virus-destroying UVC public lighting project.
May 2021

"Breaking the Mould"

Interview with Natalie Rudd, curator of a new touring Arts Council Show of sculpture by women since 1945.
May 2021

"Painting the Strangest Year"

A survey of painters shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2021.
April 2021
 
"New Directions"
Five to see at the Bristol Photo Festival 2021
April 2021
 
"Architecture as Philosophy"
Review of The Essential Louis Kahn (Prestel, 2021)
April 2021
 
"Space for Experimentation"
On the early years of CalArts, based on a review of the Prestel edition Where Art Might Happen.
April 2021
 
"Living River"
Review of Dan Woods's photobook Black Was the River You See, tracking the course of the Ogmore River in Wales.
April 2021

"Concealment and Control"
Interview with photographer Jackie Nickerson.
April 2021

"Forging new pathways"
Long read on the future of Chinese Architecture, based on interview with Wallpaper* China editor Yoko Choi.
April-May 2021

"Bearing Witness"
On Alfredo Jaar's Rwanda Project.
March 2021

"Building A History"
Review of Ursula Schwitalla's (ed.) Women in Architecture, Past, Present and Future, a new title from Hatje Cantz.
March 2021
 
"A Sense of Place"
Five to watch at the Circulation(s) Festival of Young European Photography.
March 2021

"Art and Mourning"
Preview of Grief and Grievance exhibition of modern African-American art at the New Museum, New York.
March 2021

"Building Communities"
A survey of architectural entries for the 2021 Beazley Design of the Year Awards, based on an interview with curator Emily King. 
February 2021

"Blurring the Lines"
Review of Ming Smith: An Aperture Monograph, on the impressionistic, jazz-influenced photography of Ming Smith.
January 2021

"Subverting Language"
Interview with curator Robyn Farrell on Barbara Kruger retrospective Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You at Art Institute of Chicago.
January 2021

"Atmospheric Landscapes"
Review of photography book Inner Sound by Iain Stewart, from Another Place Press.
January 2021

"Capturing the Street"
Interview with  Fotomuseum Winterthur Director Nadine Wietlisbach on their exhibition Street. Life. Photography.
December 2020

"Photography in the Age of Sharing"
Interview with curator Nanda van den Berg on exhibition Infinite Identities: Photography in the Age of Sharing, at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam.
December 2020

"Mixed Messages"
On artist and filmmaker Rhea Storr.
December 2020

"Planetary Themes"
Interview with Fondation Cartier curator Leanne Sacramone about Sarah Sze exhibition Night into Day.
December 2020

"Intrigue in the Everyday"
Overview of work by new photographers exploring ideas of the everyday sublime.
December 2020

"Endangered Ecosystems"
Interview with National Geographic photographers Helle and Uri Løvevild-Golman.
December 2020
 
"Altering the Blueprint"
Long read on radical architecture, based on interview with critic and curator Beatrice Galilee.
December 2020
 
"Signs in the Sky"
An interview with photographer Soren Solkær about his project Black Sun, photographing starling murmurations.
November 2020
 
"Towards Remembrance"
Long read on the relationship between 1960s minimalism and contemporary memorial art and architecture.
October 2020

Review of Alex Balgiu and Mónica de la Torre (eds) Women in Concrete Poetry 1959-1979 
Review of the first anthology of women in the international concrete poetry movement.
October 2020

Review of Carl Bigmore, Between Two Mysteries
Review of photography book evoking the landscape and character of America's Pacific Northwest, from Scottish independent photography press Another Place.
October 2020