Beth Williamson

Beth Williamson is an art historian and writer specialising in the history and theory of 20th-century art in Britain. A former Research Fellow at Tate, she is author of Between Art Practice and Psychoanalysis Mid-Twentieth Century: Anton Ehrenzweig in Context (Ashgate, 2015)

Catalogue for Royal Academy’s ‘Entangled Pasts’ show unpacks the institution’s problematic past

A collection of essays and biographies takes an innovative approach to exploring the RA’s role in creating a canon of art founded in empire and enslavement


New book explores work of underrepresented abstract artist who married portrait with place

Miyoko Ito’s intriguing merger of internal and external space gets proper recognition and a fresh look in this visual feast


The presence of death: new book highlights the existential anxieties of William Gillies

A taster ahead of a later publication explores the Scottish painter’s focus on mental frailty, family and war


Shades of meaning: a new publication looks at how Britain moved into the age of technicolour

A thoughtfully researched book ranges from chromatic imperialism to race and the BBC’s “colour problem”

Creative legacy of Nancy Holt, leading light of Land art, explored in new book

In her work, the artist strived to “find our place on the surface of our planet”

Frank Auerbach’s drawings brought out of the shadows

A new book explores the artist’s scratchy, enigmatic drawings of people, long “crowded out” by his heavily textured paintings


Extravagant volume of post-war photography presents a snapshot of fast-changing British society

From street scenes to social media, this sweeping survey examines how documentary photography has made sense of the UK’s cultural and political climate


‘Not art history as usual’: book brings together revolutionary writings by the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin

The 30 essays on realism, Modernism and modernity include seven that have never before been published