John Slyce


  • John Slyce is a writer, critic and lecturer based in London. He is a Senior Tutor and Research Tutor in Painting at the Royal College of Art.

  • Biography

  • John Slyce has written extensively on the work of Sarah Sze, Gillian Wearing, Sarah Jones, David Shrigley, Darren Almond, Michael Landy, Carey Young, Cullinan and Richards, Allen Ruppersberg, Rodney Graham, Pipilotti Rist, Charles Avery and Becky Beasley and regularly contributes essays, reviews and interviews to the major art magazines and journals.

    John Slyce is an art editor for Bedeutung, a quarterly magazine of philosophy, current affairs, art and literature published in the UK. He is also an editorial consultant for Blackdog Publishing’s Artworld series.

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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

  • Books and monographs:

    ‘Allen Ruppersberg: Something Out of the Ordinary’ in Allen Ruppersberg: You and Me or the Art of Give and Take, Santa Monica Museum of Art/JP Ringier, 2009.
    ‘The Travelling Scholar’ in British Weathervanes by R. Graham, London: Whitechapel Art Gallery and Christine Burgin Gallery, New York, and Donald Young, Chicago, 2009.
    ‘Simon Cunningham: The Double-Touch of a Restless Image’ in In Our World: New Photography from Britain, Milano: Skira and London: Thames and Hudson, 2008.

    Selected Catalogue essays:

    'All art is local: Tom Hunter’s Unheralded Stories', Purdy Hicks, London, 2010
    'Christopher Orr: Time is the Diamond', Artsway, 2010
    'Becky Beasley: Vermischte Bemerkungen: Correspondences', Thomas Bernard Malamud, 2009
    'Pipilotti Rist: Adventures Close To Home', Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2009
    'Allen Ruppersberg: Something Out of the Ordinary', Camden Arts Centre, London, 2008
    'Surveying the surveillance – the art of Andrew Kearney, Gallway Arts Centre', Ireland, 2008
    'Peter Kennard: A Conversation', Pump House Gallery, London, 2008

    Selected articles and reviews:

    ‘FRESH HELL/Carte Blanche with Adam McEwen, Palais de Tokyo', Art Monthly, December 2010
    ‘Michael Fullerton: Columbia, Chisenhale Gallery', Flash Art, November/December 2010
    'Becky Beasley', P.A.N.O.R.A.M.A. 2010', Portfolio, Autumn 2010
    'Barbaric Freedom, Simon Lee Gallery', Flash Art, October 2010
    'Vertical Integration: Armando Andrade Tudela’s Esquinas', Kaleidoscope, February/March 2010
    Interview with Seth Siegelaub, ‘The Contract’, Art Monthly, July/August 2009
    Interview with Seth Siegelaub, ‘The Playmaker’, Art Monthly, June 2009
    Interview with Liam Gillick, ‘Recuperating Modernism’, Art Monthly, March 2009
    'Muzi Quawson: Pull Back the Shade', Portfolio, Autumn 2008

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Selected work


Research interests

John Slyce works through producing writing and criticism with a specialist interest in art, language and sign. Active research interests include: the legacies of conceptual art in contemporary practices; post-studio practices, painting and performance; the status of the image; the practice of theory and theories of practice in art; and art, agency and politics.


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