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Toby Kamps

TOBY KAMPS is former director of Blaffer Museum of Art, and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection. He is now the director of external projects at White Cube Gallery and is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.

In Conversation


London-based artist Michael Armitage speaks with Toby Kamps about growing up in Kenya, historical and mythological influences, and how his unique choice of canvas transformed his painting practice.

In Conversation

AMY SILLMAN with Toby Kamps

In this interview, Amy Sillman discusses her first UK museum exhibition at London’s Camden Arts Centre Amy Sillman: Landline, (on view through January 6, 2019), her response to Trump’s election, and her interests in philosophy and comedy.

In Conversation


A painter and mixed-media and video artist with a unique, bifurcated practice, Howardena Pindell makes both sumptuous process-driven abstract works and pull-no-punches issue-based works that call out racism, sexism, and other injustices.

In Conversation

RICHARD HUGHES with Toby Kamps

Richard Hughes is realist and a fantasist. He is a sculptor who hand-makes true to life replicas of the worn out and thrown away things littering the urban environment: old shoes, dusty comforters, tattered “I’m with Stupid” t-shirts, melted plastic trash bins.

In Conversation

Letter from Dusseldorf

In the kitchen of a townhouse with a tall ceiling, Toby Kamps talks to Imi Knoebel, his wife Carmen, and his longtime manager and former proprietor of the city’s legendary art and music bar Ratinger Hof. Joining them is artist and activist Johannes Stüttgen, who was a classmate of Knoebel and who has remained a friend over the ensuing decades.

Mark Leckey: O’ Magic Power of Bleakness

In his engulfing, otherworldly video installation at Tate Britain, O’ Magic Power of Bleakness, Mark Leckey has transformed a cavernous gallery into a freeway underpass—specifically his childhood hangout under the M53 Motorway, which runs through his deindustrialized hometown on the Wirral Peninsula across the River Mersey from Liverpool.

Jannis Kounellis

Like the poems of another Greek exile, Constantine Cavafy, Kounellis’s works are spare and direct with no fancifying inflections of materials or handling.

Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution

Full of wonders sacred and profane, the British Museum’s sweeping survey Tantra: Enlightenment to Revolution aims to reveal the history and tenets of a mysterious, transgressive spiritual tradition that has been intertwined with Hinduism and Buddhism for nearly a millennium and a half.

Guest Critic

Introduction: Toby Kamps with Anne Doran

The life and career of Walter Hopps is legendary. His obituary in The Washington Post described him as a “sort of a gonzo museum director—elusive, unpredictable, outlandish in his range, jagged in his vision, heedless of rules.”


The Brooklyn Rail

NOV 2021

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