An art critic and editor, Iona Whittaker lived and worked in Beijing from 2009 – 2014, and is now based in New York. She is Editor at Ran Dian, the only independent magazine for creative culture founded in China.

Her writing, interviews and exhibition reviews appear also in Art Review, the Wall Street Journal, Frieze, Flash Art, Artforum, Art in America, LEAP, Art Asia Pacific, Surface, The Art Newspaper, Artinfo, Ocula, ArtSlant and ArtQuest. Other work includes catalogue texts (Liu Xiaodong, Lisson Gallery, Sept 2013, Kate Downie, Royal Scottish Academy,  Sept 2013 and Qiu Xiaofei, Pace Gallery, May 2014) consulting on gallery design in Beijing, and ongoing collaboration with the DSL collection of contemporary Chinese art.

“The Unfinished Collection”, an independent book commissioned by the DSL Collection, was published in November 2012. Further publications are a monograph on the photographer Chen Wei  (Thircuir, Sept 2013) and an introduction to the Stars artists (Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, May 2013). Iona was Managing Editor at Rhizome journal at the New Museum in New York from 2014-2016.

This site is an ongoing archive of writing on aspects of contemporary art.



Unless otherwise stated, all photographs or images posted as part of a categorised article are courtesy of the gallery and artist.

Reproduction of any images or textual material is prohibited without permission from and attribution to the author.

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