Richard Martin

Curator | Writer | Researcher




Essay: 20 Responses to The Past is Singing in Our Teeth, in Kate McMillan, The Past is Singing in Our Teeth (Berlin: Momentum, 2018).



Essay: ‘Painting for Pleasure’, Interview with Carolee Schneemann, Apollo (July/August 2017).

Exhibition Review: Maeve Brennan at Chisenhale Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, vol.159, no.1371 (June 2017).



Book Review: Douglas Crimp, Before PicturesApollo (December 2016).

Essay: ‘What are Design Museums for?’, Apollo (October 2016).

Exhibition ReviewDaydreaming with Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House, Apollo (August 2016).

Film ReviewRemainder (dir. Omer Fast, 2015), Apollo (June 2016).

Tate Summaries: Beatriz González, The Last Table; Roni Horn, Pink Tons; Hélio Oiticica, Tropicália…; Giuseppe Penone, Breath 5; Christian Schad, Self-Portrait and Agosta, the Pigeon-Chested Man, and Rasha, the Black Dove.

Exhibition Review: Omer Fast at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Apollo (May 2016).

Exhibition Review: John Akomfrah at the Arnolfini and Lisson Gallery, The Burlington Magazine, vol.158, no.1357 (April 2016).

Exhibition Review: Hajra Waheed at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and The Mosaic Rooms, Apollo (April 2016).

Exhibition Review: Mark Wallinger at Hauser & Wirth, Apollo (16 March 2016).

Exhibition Review: Carolee Schneemann at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Apollo (February 2016).

Article: ‘Duration Without Breaks: Marclay and McQueen Against the Clock’, Alluvium, Vol. 4, No.6 (January 2016).

Blog Post: ‘Letter from Salzburg’, Apollo (6 January 2016).



Essay: ‘Double, Double, Toil and Trouble: Renee Vaughan Sutherland’s Waterhouse at TAP Southend’.

Exhibition Review: Kara Walker at Victoria Miro, Apollo (9 October 2015).

Essay: ‘California Dreaming: Reconsidering the Work of Charles and Ray Eames’, Apollo (October 2015).

Catalogue Essay: ‘Regeneration!’, in Jessie Brennan, Regeneration! Conversations, Drawings, Archives & Photographs from Robin Hood Gardens (2015).

Tate Summaries: Matthew Barney, Cremaster 5; Matthew Buckingham, Situation Leading to a Story; Tacita Dean, Disappearance at Sea; Richard Hamilton, Chromatic spiral; Ellsworth Kelly, Orange Relief with Green; Per Kirkeby, The Siege of Constantinople; Paul McCarthy, Painter; Lisa Milroy, RoomGirl, and Girl with Sunglasses; Tatsuo Miyajima, Lattice B; Wangechi Mutu, You were always on my mind; Fiona Rae, Untitled (emergency room); Kara Walker, The Keys to the Coop; Christopher Williams, Rollerstacker; Paul Winstanley, TV Room V; Yang Fudong, East of Que Village.

Tate Summaries: Willie Doherty, Ghost Story and Non Specific Threat (Production Still); Rita Donagh, 21.9.1971Bandsmannumerical equivalents, affirm/deny and shadow of six counties (c); Trisha Donnelly, Untitled; Omer Fast, CNN Concatenated; Andrea Fraser, Official Welcome (Hamburg Version); Paul Sietsema, Empire; Bob and Roberta Smith, Humiliate; Mark Wallinger, Royal Ascot, Threshold to the Kingdom and Sleeper.

Book Chapter: ‘Archived Desires: Eyes Wide Shut’ (co-authored with Lucy Scholes), in Stanley Kubrick: New Perspectives, eds. Peter Krämer, Tatjana Ljujic and Richard Daniels (London: Black Dog, 2015).

Book Review: Jenny Kidd, Museums in the New Mediascape: Transmedia, Participation, EthicsLSE Review of Books (23 February 2015).

Exhibition Review: Christian Marclay at White Cube, Apollo (3 February 2015).



BookThe Architecture of David Lynch (London/New York: Bloomsbury, 2014). Reviewed in Cultural Politics, Media International Australia, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Senses of CinemaCINEJ Cinema Journal, and Architizer.

Essay: ‘Attention Seekers’, Apollo (December 2014).

Interview Series: ‘American Studies in Europe’, US Studies Online (December 2014 – January 2015).

Festival Report: ‘Be Young, Be Dope, Be Proud: The 58th BFI London Film Festival’, Senses of Cinema, Issue 73 (December 2014).

Book Review: Vincanne Adams, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina and May Joseph, Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green ImaginationJournal of American Studies, Vol. 48, Issue 4 (November 2014).

Tate Summaries: Mark Wallinger, Where There’s Muck and Ghost;  Donald Rodney, How the West was Won; Phil Collins, they shoot horses; Lubania Himid, CarpetBetween the Two my Heart is Balanced and Ankledeep.

Article: ‘David Lynch’, Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies, ed. Krin Gabbard (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Exhibition Review: Steve McQueen at Thomas Dane Gallery, Apollo (20 October 2014).

Article: ‘Snapshots of the Executioners’, Alluvium, Vol. 3, No. 2 (October 2014).

Exhibition Review: ‘Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age’ at the Barbican Art Gallery, Apollo (3 October 2014).

Essay: ‘Never Home’, inspired by the project HOUSE, curated by Alex McDonald and Anne-Marie Watson.

Tate Summaries: Christian Marclay, Video Quartet; Derek Jarman, Ataxia – Aids is Fun; Philip Guston, Monument; Sarah Morris, Rio (with Palms) [Las Vegas]; Olafur Eliasson, Yellow versus Purple; Andreas Gursky, Bahrain I; Joan Mitchell, Chord II; Luis Camnitzer, Leftovers; Cindy Sherman, Doll Clothes; Edward Burtynsky, Oil Spill #2; John Currin, Thanksgiving; Andrea Fraser, Museum Highlights: A Gallery Talk and Little Frank and his Carp.



Article: ‘Precarious Dreams: The Housing Crisis and US Cinema’, Flow, Vol. 19, No. 1 (November 2013).

Book Review: Birgit Vanderbeke, The Mussel Feast, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine (November 2013).

Article: ‘Neighbourhoods or Nothing? Social Relations in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet’, European Journal of American Culture, Vol. 32, No. 3 (September 2013).

Review Essay: ‘More Rapture!’, Senses of Cinema, Issue 68 (September 2013). Includes a review of David Thomson, The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies and What They Did To Us.

Book Review: Karl F. Seidman, Coming Home to New Orleans: Neighborhood Rebuilding after KatrinaLSE Review of Books (31 August 2013).

Book Review: Alan Ehrenhalt, The Great Inversion and the Future of the American CityJournal of American Studies, Vol. 47, Issue 3 (August 2013).

Essay: ‘Berlin, Capital of a Country That No Longer Exists’ (co-authored with Honor Gavin), The Modernist, Issue 7 (April 2013)

Review Essay: ‘Participate!’, The Berlin Review of Books (15 March 2013). Includes a review of Claire Bishop, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship.

Book Review: Irmgard Keun, After MidnightMAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine (March 2013).

Book Review: Mark Shiel, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los AngelesBright Lights Film Journal, Issue 79 (February 2013).

Blog Post: ‘Notes Towards a Spatial Reading of a Contemporary Film Festival’, When We Build Again (20 February 2013)

Book Review: Deborah Levy, Swimming HomeMAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine (January 2013).



Book Chapter: ‘“So What Am I Supposed To Do?” Thoughts of Action and Actions of Thought in Godard’s Contempt’, in Godard’s Contempt: Essays from The London Consortium, eds. Colin MacCabe and Laura Mulvey (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Review Essay: ‘The Uses of Guilt’, Senses of Cinema, Issue 65 (December 2012). Includes a review of Ben McCann and David Sorfa (eds.), The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia.

Catalogue Essay: ‘It is Happening Again: Returning to Twin Peaks’, in Twin Peaks – 20th Anniversary, ed. Suet-Ming Lau (Snowbright Productions: London, 2012).

Book Review: Victor Serge, Conquered CityMAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine (November 2012).

Catalogue Essay: ‘The Crimes of Modernism’, in Casting Modernist Architecture, ed. Constantinos Taliotis (Berlin: Künstlerhaus Bethanien GmbH, 2012).

Article: ‘The Third Reich in Contemporary Fiction’, Alluvium, Vol. 1, No. 5 (October 2012).

Review Essay: ‘Designs for Life’, Senses of Cinema, Issue 64 (September 2012). Includes a review of Justus Nieland, David Lynch.

Essay: ‘Campo Gulbenkian’, The Modernist, Issue 5 (August 2012).

Research Report: ‘American Studies in the UK, 2000-2010’: published in July 2012, this report was funded by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and the Fulbright Commission.

Blog Post: ‘Berlin, Before I Go’, When We Build Again (3 July 2012).

Book Review: Stanley Corkin, Starring New York: Filming the Grime and the Glamour of the Long 1970sJournal of American Studies, Vol. 46, Issue 2 (May 2012).

Essay: ‘The Liban Quarry’, All That Is Common, Issue 1 (2012).



Book Review: James Worthen, The Young Nixon and His Rivals: Four Californian Republicans Eye the White House, 1946-1958, 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, Vol. 26 (Autumn 2011).

Article: ‘An Old Tale: The Marriage of Łódź and Los Angeles in David Lynch’s Inland Empire’, 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, Vol. 25 (Spring 2011).

Book Review: Christine Stansell, American Moderns: Bohemian New York and the Creation of a New CenturyAmerican Studies Online, Issue 20 (2011).