William Wood

William Wood lives and works in Vancouver. An art historian and critic, Woodʼs current research focuses on contemporary art and its display, the history of conceptual and minimal art of the 1960s and 1970, aesthetics and cultural criticism. Since 1984, Wood has published on recent art in journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogues as well as holding editorial positions with a number of art publications including C Magazine, Public, Vanguard, and Parachute. Recent catalogue essays and articles have dealt with such artists as Stan Douglas, Brian Jungen, Mike Kelley, Evan Lee, Ron Terada, and the entity known as the Vancouver School.


  • Burning

    March 12–April 2, 1988

    The exhibition Burning by Mark Lewis consists of a series of eight colour composite images, each image accompanied by separately framed, colour-coded text. The images are composed of fragments of illustrations from glossy magazines. In Lewis’ words, “The work uses common popular photographic imagery, placing it in narrative configurations in order to suggest and construct certain amorous possibilities. The series attempts to trace and complicate the relationship between images, fantasy and masculine desire, and does so by making critical discourses dirty.”

Talks & Events

  • Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism Forum

    February 27–February 28, 2009

    Emily Carr University of Art + Design
    Theatre 301, 1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism, is a two-day forum on the state of contemporary art criticism co-organized by Artspeak and Fillip. Through a keynote address by Tirdad Zolghadr and two panels made up of international critics Diedrich Diederichsen, Jeff Derksen, Maria Fusco, Tom Morton and William Wood, the forum seeks to address what is at stake in the shifting value of judgment within contemporary art writing. A renewed interest in the efficacy and function of art criticism has arisen in the last decade, embedded in art market speculation, global conflict and recent economic crises. This forum will engage with the key issues produced from these conversations, specifically returning to the role of valuation in contemporary art writing.

    The forum will result in a book-length publication of papers and conversations derived from the event to be co-published by Artspeak and Fillip in late 2009.

    For more information see:

    FEBRUARY 27, 7PM / Keynote: Tirdad Zolghadr

    Tirdad Zolghadr podcast:

    FEBRUARY 28, 10:30AM – 1PM / Panel One: Kristina Lee Podesva, Tom Morton, William Wood

    William Wood podcast:

    Tom Morton podcast:

    FEBRUARY 28, 2:30PM – 5PM / Panel Two: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, Maria Fusco

    Diedrich Diedrichsen podcast:

    Maria Fusco podcast:


  • Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism

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    Title: Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism
    Writers: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lutticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood, Tirdad Zolghadr
    Editor: Jeff Khonsary, Melanie O’Brian
    Category: Criticism
    Design: The Future
    Printer: DieKeure, Belgium
    Publisher: Artspeak, Fillip Editions
    Year published: 2010
    Edition: 1000
    Pages: 176pp
    Cover: Paperback
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: Edge painting, green
    Weight: 159 g
    Dimensions: 19 x 11.5 x 1.5 cm
    ISBN: 978-0-9738133-6-4
    Price: $20 CDN

    Artspeak and Fillip are pleased to launch Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism. The result of a public forum and reading room (held in 2009 at Emily Carr University and at Artspeak respectively) that investigated the role of valuation art criticism, this publication features commissioned texts by forum presenters and respondents: Jeff Derksen, Diedrich Diederichsen, James Elkins, Maria Fusco, Sven Lütticken, Tom Morton, Kristina Lee Podesva, William Wood and Tirdad Zolghadr. Examining the efficacy and function of art criticism, the publication focuses on the role of judgment in contemporary art writing and includes transcriptions from forum discussions with the Vancouver audience.

    Co–edited by Jeff Khonsary and Melanie O’Brian and co–published by Artspeak and Fillip. The book is distributed by Motto Distribution, Berlin and available directly from Artspeak and Fillip.

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  • Roy Kiyooka

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    Title: Roy Kiyooka
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Roy Kiyooka
    Writers: Charlotte Townsend-Gault, John O’Brian, Roy Miki
    Editor: William Wood
    Design: Doug Munday
    Publisher: Artspeak, Or Gallery
    Year published: 1991
    Pages: 56pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 14 b&w, 7 colour images
    Dimensions: 28.5 x 19.5 x 0.6 cm
    Weight: 200 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-13-6
    Price: $9 CDN

    Various stages of Kiyooka’s interdisciplinary career are examined as a means of providing a context to understand something of his influence on, and contributions to, contemporary practices.

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  • Burning

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    Title: Burning
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Mark Lewis
    Writers: William Wood, Mark Lewis
    Design: David Clausen
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers
    Year published: 1988
    Pages: 22pp
    Cover: Paper
    Binding: Staple Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 2 b&w, 8 colour images
    Dimensions: 23 x 30 x 0.3 cm
    Weight: 164 g
    ISBN: 0-921394-00-4
    Price: $5 CDN

    Features texts by both Mark Lewis and William Wood. Lewis creates a fiction, developing some of the concerns in his visual work, while Wood provides a critical context for Lewis’ work in his essay.

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  • West

    West publication
    Category: Exhibition Catalogue
    Artist: Roy Arden
    Writers: William Wood
    Design: David Clausen
    Publisher: Artspeak
    Printer: Hemlock Printers, Vancouver
    Year published: 1988
    Pages: 48pp
    Cover: Paperback
    Binding: Perfect Bound
    Process: Offset
    Features: 2 b&w images, 10 colour images
    Dimensions: 23 x 15 x 0.5 cm
    Weight: 135 g
    ISBN: 0921394020