Books & Catalogues

2020 Martine Syms: Shame Space (New York: Primary Information, 2020)
2019 Martine Syms: BOON. (Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2019)
2017 Amy Kazymerchyk, Christina Sharpe and Diamond Stingily, Borrowed Lady: Martine Syms (exh. Cat.) (Burnaby: SFU Gallery, 2017)

Omar Kholeif (ed.), Electronic Superhighway: From Experiments in Art and Technology to Art After the Internet (exh. cat.) (London: Whitechapel Gallery, 2016)

Matt Williams and Martine Syms, ‘Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble, A Conversation with Matt Williams’ (London: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2016)


Brian Droitcour (ed.), The Animated Reader (New York: New Museum, 2015)

Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter (eds.), Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (New York: New Museum; Cambridge MA: The MIT Press, 2015)

A Thread or Line That Holds Things Together: 99 Subtle Maneuvers (Oakland CA: Publication Studio Oakland, 2015)


041 Book of Fate (New York: Miniature Garden, 2013)

135 Showpaper cover (New York: SHOWPAPER, 2013)

2012 Fools (Los Angeles: Dominica Publishing, 2012)

Marco Kane Braunschweiler and Martine Syms, Reference Work (Chicago: Golden Age; MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 2011)

Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (Future Plan and Program, 2011)





Steffani Jemison, ‘Martine Syms’, BOMB Magazine, Issue 153, Fall 2020 cover, pp. 42-53

Sophie Bew, ‘Art Project: Martine Syms’, AnOther Magazine, Issue 36, Spring Summer 2020, pp. 482-491

Andrew Rysseth, ‘Gorrilas in Cowboy Boots, Fish Full of Dynamite- Darren Bader’s AR App is in Beta’, ARTnews, 06 April 2020

Martine Syms, ‘How Martine Syms Fell in Love with Aretha Franklin’, Frieze Week, 10 February 2020

Helen Holmes, ‘Martine Syms and Melvin Edwards Among United States Artists Grant Award Winners’, Observer, 22 January 2020

Isaac Joseph, ‘Ain’t nothing like the real thing’, LALA Magazine, Summer 2019, pp. 118-125

Ashleigh Kane, ‘Art Shows to leave the house for this month’, Dazed, 10 February 2020

Deborah Vankin, ‘Frieze Week L.A. 2020: Your guide to talks, screenings, performances and parties’, Los Angeles Times, 06 February 2020

‘Martine Syms and Nari Ward among 2020 United States Artists Fellows’, ARTFORUM, 22 January 2020

Alex Greenberger, ‘United States Artists Names 2020 Recipients of Coveted Fellowships, Including Howardena Pindell, Martine Syms, Cameron Rowland’, ARTnews, 22 January 2020

Martine Syms, ‘Misdirected Kiss’ [extract], WID, January 2020


MiriamKatzeff, ‘Best of 2019’, ARTFORUM, December 2019, p. 189

Tyler Watamanuk, ‘A Sculpture/Chair That Asks "Who Is Going to Grab My Booty?"’, Garage, 27 October 2019

‘Intermission: Capricorn’, L’Officiel USA, 16 October 2019

Isaac Joseph, ‘Ain’t nothing like the real thing’, LALA Magazine, Summer 2019, pp. 118-125

Nicole-Ann Lobo, ‘Where We Could Go; The 2019 Whitney Biennial’, Commonweal, 24 July 2019

Beatrix Ruf, ‘The Image Is Now Part of My Flesh. Martine Syms in Conversation with Beatrix Ruf’, Mousse Magazine, Issue 67, Spring 2019

Ernest Macias, ‘Martine Rose Shares the Weird Secret to Her Fashion World Success with the Artist Martine Syms’, Interview Magazine, 10 April 2019

Hiba Ali, ‘An Expression of the Divine: A Review of Martine Syms at the Graham foundation’, New City Art, 12 January 2019

Mimi Chu, ‘Martine Syms’s Misdirected Kiss’, Frieze: The 200th Issue, January / February 2019

Amarie Gipson, ‘Order of Appearance: In Chicago Show, Martine Syms Examines How Blackness Is Performed, Absorbed and Circulated’, ArtNews, 08 January 2019

Lori Waxman, ‘Martine Syms’, 4Columns, 04 January 2019


Third Magazine, ‘Martine Syms’, Third Magazine, 2018

William J. Simmons, ‘Martine Syms resets the traditional bounds of identity’, Cultured Magazine, December 2018

Kathryn O’Regan, ‘Martine Syms. “Anything you do on camera is like a performance”’, SLEEK #60, Winter 2019, pp. 42-47

Maisie Skidmore, ‘Martine Syms, artist, on Andrea Lawlor’s Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl’, AnOther Mag, Autumn-Winter 2018, p. 120

Kimberly Drew, ‘Martine Syms’, WIP Magazine, November 2018, pp. 24-33

Eddy Frankel, ‘Show of the week: Martine Syms. Grand Calme’, Time Out, 11 – 17 September 2018, p. 80

Maurizzio Cattelan and Marta Papini, ‘interview with martine syms’, Purple, Fall 18, pp. 218-21

Anne Bourassé, ‘Martine Syms pas si Calme à la Galerie Sadie Coles’ [extract], Point Contemporain, September – November 2018

Jareh Das, ‘Shows during Frieze: London Lowdown’, Ocula, 20 September 2018

‘Martine Syms Grand Calme’, Journal, September 2018

Bryony Stone, ‘“Fear and desire for connection and the blocks to it”: artist Martine Syms on her exhibition Grande Calme’, It’s Nice That, 20 September 2018

Ian Caldwell, ‘Grande Calme or Grande Dame: Martine Syms at Sadie Coles HQ’, Ian The Architect, 06 September

Dylan Jones, ‘Martine Syms: “Don’t be afraid to be narcissistic”’, GQ, 09 September 2018

Chris Fite-Wassilak, ‘The Best of London’s September Exhibitions’, Frieze, 05 September 2018

Charlotte Jansen, ‘Martine Syms’s Lessons on Black Radicalism’, Elephant, 02 September 2018

Cara, ‘Martine Syms: Grand Calme’, Boundary, 18 September 2018

B. Ingrid Olson, ‘The Global Beat: B Ingrid Olson on Martine Syms’, Art in America, August 2018

2017 Morgan Quaintance, ‘Martine Syms’s ‘The Easy Demands’’, Art Agenda, 07 February
Jocelyn Miller, ‘Martine Syms: One Woman Show’, Osmos Magazine, No. 11, Winter, pp. 41-43 Silvia Sgualdini, ‘Condo/London’, Flash Art, 27 January
D. Creahan, ‘New York - ‘The Love Object’ Curated by Tom Brewer at Team Gallery Through
February 18th, 2017’, Art Observed, 25 January
Lorena Muñoz-Alonso, ‘Condo 2017 Proves That Sharing Resources In the Art World Is Possible - and Necessary’, Artnet News, 16 January
Helen Longstreth, Melissa Ray, Louise Benson, ‘Top Ten Artists of 2016’, POSTmatter, 19 December
Jennifer Kabat, ‘2016 Highlights: Jennifer Kabat’, Frieze, 09 December
Amanda Hunt, ‘Martine Syms’, Aperture Magazine #225, Winter, pp. 132–137
Emily Spivack, ‘The Phrase One Artist Lives (And Works) By’, T: The New York Times Style Magazin, 06 December
Zoë Chan, ‘Acting Out: The Visibility of Blackness in the Work of Martine Syms’, Momus 30 November
Victoria L. Valentine, ‘Retrospective: The Latest News in Black Art - Black Panthers at 50, Museums Respond to Charges of Racism and Historical Inaccuracy’, Culture Type, 15 October
Amy Sherlock, ‘25 Artworks: Martine Syms ‘Notes on Gesture’’, Frieze, September Antwaun Sargent, ‘Memes Mediate an Artist’s Trip to the Dentist’, The Creators Project, 27 August
Oscar Garza and James Kim, ‘‘Made in LA’ artist, Martine Syms on how entertainment industry constructs identities’, 89.3 KPCC: The Frame, 30 June
Gracie Linden, ‘Deconstructing African American Identity into Axioms, Photos, and Colors’,
Hyperallergic, 15 June
Deborah Vankin, ‘At Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in L.A.’ biennial, Martine Syms makes her moment,’ Los Angeles Times, 11 June
Ananda Pellerin, ‘Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble’, Time Out, 17 May ‘An Interview with Martine Syms’, AQNB, 10 May
Eliza Anyangwe, ‘Martine Syms at the ICA: ‘people act like art is a white thing’’, The Guardian,
09 May
Eli Diner, ‘The Most Relative Media’, Flash Art, 308: 49, May, pp. 72–79
Dayla Benor, ‘Martine Syms on LA, coming offline, and the language of pop’, Dazed, 20 April Lauren Mackler, ‘Introduction: Martine Syms, A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere’, Vdrome Martine Syms, ‘Portfolio: Martine Syms’, Frieze, 11 April
Essence Harden, ‘Edification of the Box: Martine Syms at Human Resources LA’, SFAQ, 23 February
Carolina A. Miranda, ‘Datebook: Shaping wood into abstraction, a group show about race, life lessons in 30-second videos’, Los Angeles Times, 20 February
Hanne Mugaas and Martine Syms, ‘Martine Syms’, Kaleidoscope, no. 26, February Catherine Damman, ‘Syms’s City’, Artforum, 09 February
Laura McLean-Ferris, ‘Language, gesture and black identity’, Frieze, no. 176, Jan / Feb
Carolina A. Miranda, ‘White suitor, black maid: Martine Syms takes on black women representations in ‘Misdirected Kiss’’, Los Angeles Times, 21 January
Colby Chamberlain, ‘Martine Syms’, Artforum, January, pp. 242 – 243

Emily Spivack, ‘The Phrase One Artist Lives (and Works) By’, T Magazine, 06 December 2016

Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, ‘Martine Syms’, Ocula Conversations, 15 December 2016

Zoe Chan, ‘Acting Out: The Visibility of Blackness in the Work of Martine Syms’, MoMus, 30 November 2016

Anna McNay, ‘Martine Syms: “I am interested in the idea of the gulf between your lived experience and its representation”’, Studio International, 05 September 2016

Catherine Damman, ‘Syms’s City’, Art Forum, 02 September 2016

Antwaun Sargent, ‘Memes Mediate an Artist’s Trip to the Dentist’, Creators, 27 August 2016

Dalya Benor, ‘Martine Syms on LA, coming offline and the language of pop’, Dazed, July 2016

Jori Finkel, ‘Made in L.A. at the Hammer, Excavates Hollywood’s Past’, The New York Times, 19 June 2016 [extract]

Eliza Anyangwe, ‘Martine Syms at the ICA: “People act like art is a white thing’, The Guardian, 09 May 2016

‘An Interview with Martine Syms’, Scarab, 10 May 2016

Martine Syms, ‘Portfolio’, Frieze, 11 April 2016

Essence Harden, ‘Edification of the Box: Martine Syms at Human Resources LA’, NYAQ / LXAQ / SFAQ, 23 February 2016

2015 Scott Indrisek, ‘What Did Artists Love In 2015? A Survey’, Blouin Artinfo, 31 December Emily McDermott, ‘The Conceptual Entrepreneur’, Interview Magazine, 29 December Catherine Wagley, ‘8 L.A. Artists and Art-World Figures To Watch in 2016’, LA Weekly Gillian Young, ‘Martine Syms’, Art in America, 11 December, p. 137
Lauren Palmer, ‘20 Emerging Female Artists to Keep on Your Radar’, Artnet News, 09 December
Carolina A. Miranda, ‘KCET kicks off 7th season of ‘Artbound’ with hourlong special on contemporary black artists’, Los Angeles Times, 17 November
‘Of Note: Martine Syms’, The New Yorker, 26 October, p. 08
‘Martine Syms’, Modern Painters, December 2015, p. 108
Freda Nada, ‘Marine Syms: Vertical Elevated Oblique’, Topical Cream, 21 October
Marialuisa Pasto, ‘Martine Syms - Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue’, Aujourd’hui, 14 October
Scott Indrisek, ‘5 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York: Sarah Sze, Julia Bland, and More’,
Modern Painters, 09 October
Karen Rosenberg, ‘Critic’s Choice: Martine Syms’s Master Class in Micro-Acting for the YouTube Age’, Artspace, 06 October
Johanna Fateman, ‘Critics’ Pick: Martine Syms’, Artforum, 02 October
Jessica Lynne, ‘Black Womanhood and the Language of the Hand’, ArtSlant, 02 October ‘Notes on Gesture: Martine Syms’, Dis Magazine, 17 September
Thea Ballard, ‘Screen Time: An artist plumbs media, past and present’, Modern Painters,
September, pp. 48–50
‘The Unreliable Narrator’, interview with Aram Moshayedi, Mousse #49, Summer, pp. 62–69 Emily Manning, ‘let martine syms and kahlil joseph unlock your mind’, Vice Magazine: i-D, May
2014 ‘The Future of Money and the Techonology of Capitalism’, Omni Reboot, 17 July

‘The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto’,, 17 December

Is Good Business Bad Art (Publishing)?’, Paperweight, 09 October

2011 Britt Julious, ‘Black by Distribution: A Conversation with Martine Syms’,, 31 August



2014                        Most Days (New York: Mixed Media  Recordings, 2014)