Ellen Mara De Wachter




  • Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art, short essays about Annette Messager, Otobong Nkanga, Rosemarie Trockel, Richard Tuttle, Pae White, Phaidon, Out April 2019
  • Forensic Architecture: Interview with Eyal Weizman, frieze.com, May 2018
  • Linder: House of Fame, review, Art Monthly, May 2018
  • Holly Davey: Returning Forward, Catalogue Essay, g39 Cardiff, April 2018
  • Suburban Odyssey: Revisiting Robert Smithson’s Passaic, video, frieze.com
  • The Gaze is Back in the Agenda, But Who’s Looking at Whom?, column, frieze.com, March 2018
  • How Institutions Think, book review, Art Quarterly, Spring 2018
  • Sven Augustijnen, Jan Mot, Brussels, frieze issue 194
  • The Land We Live In, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, review, frieze issue 194
  • Helen Cammock, Cubitt, London, review, frieze issue 193
  • Curatorial Activism: A Right or an Obligation?, column, frieze.com February 2018
  • Wu Tsang, FACT Liverpool, review, Art Monthly, February 2018
  • Jef Geys, La Loge, Brussels, review, Frieze issue 193
  • Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Maureen Paley, London, review, frieze issue 192
  • Towards Civic Engagement, Arts Council Collection Curators’ Day report


  • ‘Co-Art: Artists on Creative Collaboration’, 2017
  • Contributions to ‘Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramics’, October 2017
  • Happy-Go-Lucky Surprised Dead Things: Andi Magenheimer Interviewed, The Quietus, September 2017
  • Andrew McDonald, True Illusion, essay, Corridor 8, September 2017
  • 31 Women, review, frieze issue 189
  • Imagined Communities, feature, frieze issue 188
  • Neither., Mendes Wood, Brussels, review, frieze issue 188
  • Why We Wait, essay, Tracking Shot website, summer 2017
  • Refugee Tales, column, frieze.com, July 201
  • Living Rooms, column, frieze.com, June 2017
  • Nadim Abbas, Vitrine Gallery, London, review, frieze issue 187
  • Imagined Communities, feature, frieze issue 187
  • Karen Tang and David Ben White, catalogue essay, published by L’étrangère, London April 2017
  • Sarah Staton; Edith and Hans, essay, published by Field|Art Projects, March 2017
  • More Money, More Problems, column, frieze.com, March 2017
  • The Joke’s On You, column, frieze.com, February 2017


  • Contributions to Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting, Phaidon, 2016
  • ‘Out Of This World And Into Another’, essay commissioned by Up Projects to accompany Lawrence Lek’s online commission Overseas 海外 Delirious New Wick, August 2016
  • Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, review, frieze issue 180, June-August 2016
  • Page & Screen: Art and Life, column and video exploring the ethical implications of living plants and animals in artworks, frieze issue 179, May 2016
  • Three Painting Shows in Brussels, review of Sean Landers at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Helmut Stallaerts at Albert Baronian, and Tinus Vermeersch at Hopstreet Gallery, frieze issue 177, March 2016
  • Around Town, review of three shows of Post-war Japanese art in London: Kishio Suga at Blain|Southern; Jirō Takamatsu at Stephen Friedman Gallery; and Shigeo Anzaï at White Rainbow, in frieze issue 176, January-February 2016
  • ‘in the hand’s footsteps’: Magnus Quaife exhibition essay, commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, to coincide with ‘B/Q: Roland Barthes and Magnus Quaife’, December 2015-January 2016


  • Chim↑Pom, feature, frieze issue 175, November/December 2015
  • Kemang Wa Lehulere, Gasworks, London, review, frieze issue 175, November/December 2015
  • Sora Kim: 2,3, catalogue text, Korean Cultural Centre UK, October 2015
  • Limbs Describe Curves, interview with Leonor Serrano Rivas, Marta Cevera Gallery, Madrid, September 2015
  • No Offence? UK art institutions and self-censorship, column, frieze issue 173, September 2015
  • The Welfare State, MuHKA Antwerp, review, frieze issue 173, September 2015
  • SUCKERZ: Emma Hart and Jonathan Baldock, exhibition essay, l’étrangère, London, June-August 2015
  • How to Thrive, Zabludowicz Collection 20th Anniversary publication, Summer 2015
  • Zabludowicz Collection Invites, anthology introduction, May 2015
  • Body Talk, review, frieze issue 171, May 2015
  • Jesse Darling, feature, frieze issue 171, May 2015
  • Paul Kneale, review, frieze issue 171, May 2015
  • by the mountain path, exhibition essay, White Rainbow, London, April 2015
  • Lynda Benglis at the Hepworth, Wakefield, review, frieze issue 170, April 2015
  • Some Past State, exhibition essay to accompany Edit/Undo at Space In Between, London, February 2015
  • fig-2 launches at the ICA, London, frieze blog, January 2015
  • The Sea. A Tribute to Jan Hoet & Collection Study III: Art in Europe After 1968, review, frieze issue 168, January/February 2015


  • 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale / Yokohama Triennale 2014, review, frieze issue 167, November/December 2014
  • Philippe Van Snick, essay written to accompany Van Snick’s solo presentation at FIAC Offici(elle) with Galerie Tatjana Pieters, October 2014
  • Eviter le pire: Philippe Van Snick, exhibition essay for Van Snick’s exhibition, Arcade Fine Art, October 2014
  • William Hunt: Playing the Goat, exhibition essay for William Hunt: Playing the Goat at Peer, London, September 2014
  • Value for Money, frieze issue 165, September 2014
  • Mathew Cerletty/ Walter Swennen, frieze issue 165, September 2014
  • Shifting Thoughts on Stringy Forms, exhibition text for Beatriz Olabarrieta, Shifty Show, Cell Project Space, July 2014
  • Eric Baudelaire, frieze issue 164, Summer 2014
  • Postcard from Kent, the 7th Whitstable Biennale, frieze blog, June 2014
  • Why I like This, Science Museum website, May 2014
  • Carolee Schneemann, frieze issue 163, May 2014
  • Like & Share, frieze issue 161, March 2014
  • Interview with Kerry James Marshall, frieze issue 160, January-February 2014
  • Postcard from Tallinn, frieze blog, January 2014


  • Michelangelo Antonioni and Film as Sculpture, review, frieze issue 158, October 2013
  • Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection exhibition catalogue containing an essay and interviews with 12 artists, published by Zabludowicz Collection, July 2013
  • Zabludowicz Collection Invites, interviews with each of the Invites artists: Benedict Drew, Anthony Green, Hannah Perry, Lucy Woodhouse, John Summers, Jason Dungan, Yelena Popova, Richard Sides, Ruairiadh O’Connell, Leah Capaldi, Lucy Whitford, Lora Hristova, Pio Abad, Lucy Tomlins, Berry Patten, Heather Phillipson, Nicholas Brooks (2012-2013)


  • Les Urbaines, review, frieze.com, December 2012
  • Weighed Words: Ed Atkins and Ellen Mara De Wachter, interview Mousse magazine, April 2012
  • Weighted Words exhibition catalogue containing an essay and sections about each of the eight artist in the show, published by Zabludowicz Collection, March 2012


  • “David Askevold”, review, artvehicle.com, September 2011
  • The Shape We’re In, exhibition catalogue, Zabludowicz Collection, February 2011
  • “S Mark Gubb: Beyond Mere Happiness”, catalogue essay, Chapter Arts, Cardiff, December 2011


  • “Systematic”, catalogue essay for Systematic, July-August 2010 at Zabludowicz Collection, London
  • “The Only Way Is Up: Charlie Tweed”, catalogue essay for Who Wants to Act Now, or Even See Acting at Depo, Istanbul, June 2010
  • “Anna Barham”, catalogue essay for solo exhibition at International Project Space, Birmingham, February-March 2010


  • “Inspired or mercenary? Pop Life at Tate Modern”, featured exhibition in Flash Art International, November-December 2009
  • “Luke Fowler”, profile in Flash Art International, October 2009
  • “All too human: Vito Drago”, catalogue essay for exhibition at Castello di Marineo, Sicily, December 2009
  • “A Secular Form of Belief”, catalogue essay for Matt Stokes – The Gainsborough Packet, &c. 176, London, February-June 2009
  • “Picnoleptic Seamless”, exhibition text for Stage Fright: Laura Buckley, Haroon Mirza and Dave MacLean, Rokeby Gallery, January-February 2009


  • “An interview with Tony Chakar”, artreview.com project space, October 2008
  • “An interview with allsopp&weir”, artreview.com project space, September 2008
  • “An interview with Laura Buckley”, artreview.com project space, September 2008
  • “Spectral Iconic Appearances”, Springerin, Winter 2008-2009
  • “(Im)material Presence”, catalogue essay for Material Presence, 176, London, September-December 2008


  • “Practice in Repetition”, catalogue essay for An Approximate Call, allsopp&weir, Permanent Gallery, Brighton, November-December 2007
  • “Reflections on the Venice Biennale”, Map Magazine, Issue 11, Autumn 2007
  • “Francesca Woodman”, Critics’ Picks, artforum.com, July 2007
  • “Sherrie Levine”, Critics’ Picks, artforum.com, July 2007
  • “Marc Bijl, Gerard Byrne and Valérie Jouve”, Map Magazine, Issue 10, Summer 2007
  • “Brussels: Argos, Wiels and a new Biennial for 2007”. Map Magazine, Issue 9, Spring 2007
  • “How to live together – 27th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil”. Map Magazine, Issue 8, Winter 2007
  • “Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Momentum 2006, Moss, Norway”, Map Magazine, Issue 8, Winter 2007


  • “Monster Balls”, Artforum Diary, artforum.com, September 11, 2006
  • “Shop Local – Bob and Roberta Smith”, Shoreditch Map, August 2006
  • “Wrong at Klosterfelde Galerie”, Contemporary 84, 2006


  • “Sneh Mehta: Under the Skin”, NYArts Magazine, March/April 2005
  • “City report: Brussels”, Contemporary 76, 2005
  • “La Belgique Visio(n)nair(e) België – C’est Arrivé près de chez vous at Bozar Brussels”, Contemporary 75, 2005
  • “Today is just a copy of yesterday”, Contemporary 75, 2005
  • “Philip-Lorca diCorcia”, Contemporary 75, 2005
  • “Jon Mikel Euba at Galeria de arte Soledad Lorenzo”, Contemporary 73, 2005
  • “Anish Kapoor at MAC’s Grand-Hornu”, Contemporary 72, 2005
  • “Yucatán Bienal”, Contemporary 72, 2005
  • “Sergio Prego”, Contemporary 71, 2005
  • “Time Zones”, Contemporary 70, 2005
  • “Sneh Mehta: Morphosis”. Contemporary 70, 2005




This publication was produced in a run of 500 to coincide with Painting from the Zabludowicz Collection at Zabludowicz Collection, London 28 February – 11 August 2013. The season consisted of two parts:

Part I: 28 February – 5 May
Albert Oehlen
Francesca DiMattio
Matthew Chambers

Part II: 23 May – 11 August
Albert Oehlen
Josh Smith
Painting in the 2.5th Dimension: Tauba Auerbach, Jessica Dickinson, Sam Falls, Alex Hubbard, Nathan Hylden, Rosy Keyser, Michael E. Smith, Ned Vena.

The fully illustrated, hard-backed book contains exclusive interviews with the 12 artists in the show.
Curated and edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter
Designed by Malcolm Southward and Mark Holt

weighted words

Published to coincide with Weighted Words, 1 March – 10 June 2012.

This publication, contains contributions made or selected by nine artists in the exhibition: Ryan Trecartin, Mary Reid Kelley, Anri Sala, Alexandre Singh,  Ed Atkins, Ruth Ewan, Omer Fast, and an interpretative essay by Bennett Simpson on the paintings of Genn Ligon.

Run of 500.
Curated and edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter
Designed by Malcolm Southward and Mark Holt

The shape were in

Featuring 22 newly commissioned texts by international curators and writers and a specially commissioned essay by Alun Rowlands.

Published to coincide with The Shape We’re In, Camden, London and New York, January – June 2011.

Designed by Sarah Boris
Edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter


Published to coincide with Systematic, 1 July – 15 August 2010.

This book has exclusive contributions from Cory Arcangel, Justin Beal, Sean Dack, Damien Hirst, Haroon Mirza, Katie Patterson, Seth Price and Charles Sandison with an essay by Ellen Mara De Wachter.

Run of 500, design by The Entente.
Curated and edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter

Pete and Repeat

Produced to coincide with Pete and Repeat, an exhibition presented by the Zabludowicz Collection between 17 September and 13 December 2009.

Includes contributons from Pierre Bismuth, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, Ryan Gander, Alban Hajdinaj, Neil Hamon, Swetlana Heger, Elad Lassry, Edgar Leciejewski, Jonathan Monk, Giorgio Sadotti and Jack Strange.

The Repetition Reader contains texts by Albert Camus, Samuel Beckett, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mark E. Smith and Gertrude Stein.

Run of 500, design by Marc&Anna

Edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter


Published to accompany the residency of Matt Stokes with the Zabludowicz Collection and the exhibition The Gainsborough Packet &c. at 176 Prince of Wales Road, 26 February – 28 June 2009.

Includes contributions from Will Hodgkinson, Ilsa Colsell and Ellen Mara De Wachter, production stills from The Gainsborough Packet, a facsimile of the letter that inspired the film and two posters designed by Matt Stokes to commemorate the residency.

Run of 1000, design by Hudson-Powell

Edited by Ellen Mara De Wachter


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