The Long Read

We have been taking some time to revisit the gallery's rich history of books, essays, and films, and want to share these stories with you, making this trove of material accessible to all. The Long Read is a dip into the archive, publishing in full an essay or text from Victoria Miro catalogues and books.

Issue one: To Sing Close

Eleanor Nairne examines the themes and motifs of Hedda Sterne’s work and the context in which it was made.


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Issue two: Out of the Grid, Into the Zigzag


George Woodman considers the recurring motif of the zigzag in his daughter Francesca Woodman’s life and art.


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Issue three: “The Beautyful Ones”

Siddhartha Mitter reflects on Njideka Akunyili Crosby’s acclaimed, ongoing series.


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Issue four: It Never Actually Is

Olivia Laing writes about the experience of sitting for Chantal Joffe.


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Issue five: Holes Revisited

Now updated and expanded, this essay by Conrad Shawcross, first published in Tate Etc, 2015, responds to his public sculpture for Dulwich Park and his enduring fascination with holes.


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Issue six: Chris Ofili in Paradise: Dreaming in Afro

In this The Long Read, first published in 2003, the eminent academic and writer Stuart Hall (1932–2014) spent time with Chris Ofili as he prepared for the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


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Issue seven: Sarah Sze Paints a Picture

In this The Long Read, first published in 2018, Jarrett Earnest visits Sarah Sze in her New York studio to discuss the ideas behind a body of work that premiered at Victoria Miro.


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Issue eight: Grayson Perry – very much his own man

In this The Long Read, first published in 2004, the distinguished historian Lisa Jardine considers the ‘extraordinary power and contemporary importance’ of Grayson Perry’s work.


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Issue nine: A Short Biography of Wangechi Mutu, by Binyavanga Wainaina

In this The Long Read, first published in 2014, the celebrated author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina creates a fictional portrait of artist Wangechi Mutu.


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Issue ten: Alice Neel – Her Family and Other Animals

In this The Long Read, first published in 2014, Kirsty Bell considers the portrayal of animals in Alice Neel’s paintings and drawings and the insights these offer into her life and work.


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Issue eleven: Celia Paul – Painting her life by Steven Kupfer

In this The Long Read, first published in 2014, Steven Kupfer reflects on the subjects, spaces and geographical locations that inform the work of Celia Paul.


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Issue twelve: The Second Golden Age of Yayoi Kusama, by Akira Tatehata

Originally published in 2018, this text by the poet, critic and curator Akira Tatehata responds to the ambitious presentation of works created by Kusama for her exhibition at the gallery.


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Issue thirteen: Secundino Hernández – Emerging… Submerging, by Oliver Basciano

In this essay, first published in 2017, Oliver Basciano immerses himself in the work of painter Secundino Hernández.


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Issue fourteen: Milton Avery – Form into Colour, by Edith Devaney

In this essay, first published in 2017 on the occasion of Milton Avery’s first UK exhibition for ten years, Edith Devaney considers the evolution and influence of Avery’s work.


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Issue fifteen: Idris Khan – Seven Times, by Dr Gus Casely-Hayford

In this essay, first published in 2010, Dr Gus Casely-Hayford considers the formal, cultural and philosophical nature of Idris Khan’s installation Seven Times.


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Issue sixteen: John Kørner – 2006 Problems, by Max Andrews

In this The Long Read, first published in 2006, Max Andrews considers the nature of Problems in John Kørner’s questioning art.


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Issue seventeen: Elmgreen & Dragset- 2020

In this edition of The Long Read, Elmgreen & Dragset meditate on the topic of cars and how they arrived at the concept for 2020, the artist duo's new solo exhibition at EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland.


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